Mini Crawler Crane Inspection Services
Relatively new to the industry, this specific hoisting machine fully meets the description of a “crane” under CFR OSHA 1926.1400. Yet its applications are endless due to the compact nature and maneuverability based on the compact design which gives the end user hoisting ability in areas where hand-operated hoists were the only tool available. But along with the benefits comes the necessity of proper training and use of this equipment. Not to mention the need for thorough mini crawler crane inspection. Especially the unique hazards involved when using these machines in restricted spaces and due to close working proximity to other contractors and personnel. Most trades and crafts will find an application for these cranes in the scope of work they perform. When they do, the mini crawler crane inspection requirements must be met.
Mini Crawler Inspections:
Annual Inspection (OSHA 1926.1435)
Annual/comprehensive mini crawler crane inspections are required by OSHA for all mobile equipment over 2000 lbs. and that fall in the description of the equipment that can move or hoist loads horizontally or vertically by means of hook or winch. The mini crawler crane inspection consists of a thorough examination from the ground up, examining carriers, undercarriages, and the car body. In addition, the upper works for gears, shafts, and control mechanisms including the operator station are inspected. The entire boom structure, sheaves, shafts, drums, and hoist ropes, and pendant support systems.
Post assembly inspection (OSHA 1926.1435)
Post-assembly mini crawler crane inspections are required by OSHA to assure that the assembly of the crane and attachments are done per the manufacturer’s guidelines. The mini crawler crane inspection would include connection points and retaining pins, condition of the equipment components, couplers shafts pendant assembly, and reeving of boom hoists and blocks. Support bridles, jibs, and luffing booms, any attachment packages that change the basic configuration of the equipment.
Should the unfortunate event occur when a machine fails structural or from a stability issue even though a mini crawler crane inspection was performed, our job is to gain control of the site and to stabilize the situation for prevention of secondary incidents which can occur due to damaged crane structures that still have not completely failed which is quite commonly the case. Once the safety of the situation is under control a thorough follow on investigation takes place through interviews of the parties involved, witness accounts, and an intensive forensic study as to the cause, the why, and what preventative measures can be taken to eliminate similar events.
Equipment not in regular use (OSHA 1926.1412(h))
Equipment that has been idle for three months or more must be inspected by a “qualified person” as defined by OSHA, in accordance with the requirements of a “monthly inspection” before initial use. This is where our mini crawler crane inspection services can be beneficial.
Each Crane & Rigging Consultants inspector is a fully qualified inspector; having met thorough performance requirements with documented experience.
Crane & Rigging Consultants inspections are professional and reliable. Providing you a fair, unbiased third-party evaluation and comprehensive mini crawler crane inspection services.
During the Mini Crawler Crane Inspection, Our Inspectors Will:
- Review your current records for compliance with state and Federal laws.
- Deliver a comprehensive safety compliance inspection of your equipment using the most up-to-date standards and regulations.
- Perform an operational test and, where necessary, a load test to verify that all safety systems are operational, and the equipment is operating correctly.
- Complete each mini crawler crane inspection using innovative record-keeping procedures with a reporting system that provides you with detailed inspection information and conforms to Federal Regulations.
- Provide your company with a documentation PDF including all inspection records, wire rope, and hook reports, and certification documents. These records are prepared to allow your staff to perform, and record required monthly mini crawler crane inspections.
- Present decals and documentation to place on your equipment to verify your compliance.