Preparation is key to avoid incidents, especially when it comes to overhead cranes. According to OSHA, an average of 71 crane-related fatalities happen every year. In many cases, an inspection could have identified any problems before the fatality. This doesn’t include other less-serious crane-related incidents that could have been avoided if required maintenance and inspections had taken place. Even if these are less-serious incidents they can result in serious injuries and fines for safety violations.
Regular inspections are one of the most important things companies can apply to their operation to cut down on crane-related incidents. For this reason, it’s crucial that operators and supervisors give a thorough inspection of equipment before each use. This type of equipment should be put through a rigorous and thorough inspection process before being cleared for safe operation. As part of these inspections, there are many inspection points that must be checked. What’s more, some of these inspections need to be done more frequently than others, which is why having a supervisor that understands OSHA’s regulations and requirements is crucial to any operation.
The following guide outlines the most important points to check during the inspection process. This ensures regular maintenance to overhead crane equipment making them much safer for operation.