Safety First With Required Crane Inspection Services

On December 24, 2009, during construction activities on a high-rise building in Toronto, Canada, four workers were killed and another seriously injured after a swing stage hoist broke into two pieces.

In another incident, occurring late in 2011, a maintenance crane at a sawmill failed, injuring two workers and knocking one man unconscious.

While not every crane accident can be prevented, in most cases regular inspections by a qualified professional engineer in Manitoba, along with the replacement and repair of components, and the retirement of the crane, if warranted, will limit potential problems.

Here are some of the inspection services required for different types of cranes.

Mobile crane safety. Conventional, telescoping, and knuckle-boom cranes in all sizes and shapes must meet the safety standards of CSA Z150. Included in the standard is non-destructive testing (NDT) and an annual weld inspection.

Shop crane and runway inspections. For crane runways, crane bridges, gantry cranes, crane trolleys, monorail cranes, jib cranes and hooks, along with below the hook lifting devices, a visual weld inspection is required periodically to assess the structural condition of the device.

A professional engineer can also review crane and crane runway designs, evaluate the fatigue life of the device, and conduct forensic failure analysis after the fact.

Don’t put yourself or anyone else at risk by delaying or skipping required crane inspections.

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