Crane and Rigging Inspectors are responsible for inspecting the crane based on their knowledge, training, experience, the manufacturer’s guidelines, and the regulations applicable to the specific type of crane. According to OSHA Regulations a crane inspector must be a “Competent” and “Qualified Person”. These two definitions are important to understand. OSHA defines a “Competent Person” as one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards which may be hazardous or dangers to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt correct measures. A “Qualified Person” is someone who, by possession of a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training and experience, successfully demonstrates the ability to solve/resolve problems relating to the subject matter, the work, or the project. Cranes need to be inspected at the start of each shift, monthly and annually. The most frequently cited OSHA crane standard is 1926.1412 - Annual Inspections.
Among the items that must be inspected are the crane’s structure, sheaves and drums, safety devices, hydraulic and electrical components, pumps and valves. In addition, all wire ropes must be inspected. A qualified crane inspector should also be a qualified rigging inspector.
Maintaining compliance with the new regulations has increased the demand for Crane and Rigging Inspectors. Any person engaging in the test, examination, and/or inspection of cranes should have formal training. Trained and qualified crane and rigging inspectors will:
- Increase human safety and provide a safer and more productive environment
- Reduce equipment exposure to accidents and failure
- Improve equipment reliability by reducing safety related defects by 60 to 95%
To find the right Crane and Rigging Inspector training program for you or your employees, look for:
- A reputable crane and rigging inspection training provider
- Training that not only offers classroom instruction, but also hands-on applications/inspections on cranes and rigging gear
- Curriculum which meet or exceeds all the new OSHA standards for a qualified crane and rigging inspector
- Instructors that are not only trained in “Adult Learning Principles”, but who have extensive experience with cranes and inspections.