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Crane Inspections Essential to Safe, Productive Operations

Michael Hancock
District Technical Trainer

A program of regularly scheduled crane inspections conducted by specially-trained, third-party technical professionals can save companies great expense by preventing accidents and maximizing productivity.

It is important to know which types of inspections your equipment needs, because inspection types can vary greatly. For example, if you have a new crane, one that has not been used for several months, or if you have recently repaired or replaced a load-bearing item, a load test inspection is recommended.

If during daily visual inspections, the crane operator suspects damage to the wire ropes, an in-depth test should be performed on the wire rope assemblies. Wire ropes and chains should be inspected at least once per year, or more if directed by the OEM.

Annual overhead crane inspections should always include the checking of clutches and brakes as well as the electrical and mechanical systems. Basic operational tests can determine if the equipment is working as it should.

Depending on the age, type and duty cycle of the crane, crane safety authorities like CMAA, OSHA, ANCI as well as the OEM, may require more intensive inspections--including internal inspections on chain sprockets and non-destructive testing of the crane hooks and gear case components.

Crane inspections can verify that equipment complies with current local, state and federal standards and laws, helping companies avoid costly fines and disruption of operations. Crane inspections can assess the safety of equipment, detect wear and tear and identify maintenance needs for safe, productive operation.

Crane inspections may also include a review of a company’s crane records to verify that the company is operating in compliance with regulations.

It’s beneficial to establish a working relationship with a provider of crane inspections who will work with you to develop a comprehensive plan of preventive maintenance, scheduled repairs and crane modernizations. With a coordinated program, companies can more effectively maintain a safe, fully functional, reliable and compliant operation.

Using a single service provider for all crane inspections elevates the process to a higher level of effectiveness and value. For example, Konecranes offers a proprietary maintenance software program that is designed to help crane users monitor and remain current with all preventive maintenance, repair and equipment upgrade needs.

With Mainman®, Konecranes’ proprietary Maintenance Program, maintenance needs are uniquely customized according to the safety and production needs of your facility.

Call Konecranes today at (877) 363-1895 to learn how we can help you manage your crane inspection program to help your business operate with the highest degree of safety and productivity. To find a service location nearest you, visit

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