WHAT DOES O.S.H.A. REQUIRE?
Complete inspection of overhead cranes at intervals of at least every 12 months and as often as every month, depending upon the activity, severity of service and the operational environment. OSHA 1910.179 (j) (3)
Inspection and load test prior to initial use of all new and altered cranes to ensure compliance and function of all hoisting and lowering, trolley travel, bridge travel, limit switches, locking and safety devices. OSHA 1910.179 (j)(k)
Inspection of cranes not in regular use. A crane which has been idle for a period of one month or more, but less than six months, shall be given an inspection conforming with the requirements of OSHA 1910.17 (j)(m)(2)(3)
Monthly hook inspection with certification record which includes date of inspection, the signature of the person who performed the inspection, and the serial ID number of the chain inspected. OSHA 1910.179 (2)(iv)
Monthly wire rope inspection with a certification record which includes the date of inspection, the signature of the person who perform the inspection in the serial or ID number of the rope inspected. OSHA 1910.179 (m)
A preventative maintenance program based on the manufacturer’s recommendations shall be established. OSHA 1910.179. (1)(1)
Adjustments and repairs shall be done only by designated personnel. OSHA 1910.179(3) designation means selected or signed by the employer’s representative as being qualified to perform specific duties. OSHA1910.179(a)(35)
The records that a company maintains are the first thing that an OSHA inspector will request.