Total Equipment Training – Crane Inspection

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The following are inspection guidelines as outlined in ASME B30.5 (mobile and locomotive cranes) and OSHA 1926.1412 (Subpart CC Cranes & Derricks)

Initial Inspection: Prior to initial use, all new and altered cranes shall be inspected by a qualified person.

Regular Inspection: Inspection procedures for cranes in regular service are broken down into two classifications based on the intervals at which inspection should be performed.


Annual Comprehensive Inspection: At least every 12 months, equipment must be inspected by a qualified person in accordance with the previous sections (daily and frequent). Disassembly is required, as necessary, to complete the inspection. In addition, the equipment must be inspected for all of the following:

  • Equipment structure (including boom and, if equipped, jib)
  • Sheaves and drums for cracks or significant wear
  • Parts such as pins, bearings, shafts, gears, rollers and locking devices for distortion, cracks or significant wear
  • Brake and clutch system parts, linings, pawls and ratchets for excessive wear.
  • Safety devices and operational aids
  • Gasoline, diesel, electric or other power plants for safety related problems (leaking exhaust and emergency shutdown feature) and conditions and proper operation
  • Chains and chain drive sprockets for excessive wear of sprockets and excessive chain stretch
  • Travel steering, brakes and locking devices for proper operation
  • Tires for damage or excessive wear
  • Hydraulic, pneumatic and other pressurized hoses, fittings and tubing
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic pumps and motors
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic valves
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders
  • Outrigger and stabilizer pads
  • Slider pads
  • Electrical components and wiring
  • Warning labels and decals (missing or unreadable)
  • Originally equipped operator seat (or equivalent)
  • Originally equipped steps, ladders, handrails, guards

Any part of the manufacturer’s procedures regarding inspections that relate to safe operation that is more comprehensive or has a more frequent schedule of inspection than the requirements outlined above must be followed.

All inspection documents must be available, during the application document retention period, to all persons who conduct inspections or appointed personnel.