OSHA Compliance / Safety Inspections
You may have the best-trained, most safety conscious operators, but if your overhead cranes and hoists are not properly inspected and maintained, you could suffer expensive failures and accidents – that could be prevented.
OSHA (CFR-29 §1910.179) mandates that all industries conduct frequent and periodic safety inspections and establish a maintenance program for all overhead hoisting equipment. Frequent inspections are conducted on daily to monthly intervals and Periodic inspections are conducted on one to twelve month intervals. The interval frequency is determined by the Service Class of the crane (how often and how heavily it is used). At MCLAUGHLIN HOIST & CRANE, we provide these OSHA Compliance and Safety Inspections.
The overhead hoist & crane inspections we perform will enhance the safety and reliability of your equipment, and also provide the essential documentation that is required in today’s world. Our inspections are very thorough and once complete we will supply a detailed computer generated report for each piece of equipment. Each report will list any deficiencies & the urgency in which they need to be corrected. Following the inspection, we are capable of making any repairs that are needed to get the equipment operating safely and up to ‘code’.
Our inspections will not only assist you in complying with these OSHA regulations, but will also make your operation more efficient. Well-maintained equipment has proven to increase productivity and job site safety by reducing the frequency of costly breakdowns and potential injury to your employees. Our inspectors specialize in anticipating problems before they become failures and repairing them before they cost you valuable down time. Look to McLaughlin Hoist & Crane to keep your plant operating at peak efficiency!
REMEMBER, we work for YOU, not OSHA. We supply our inspection findings to only our customers and never distribute to a third party. OSHA requires that crane inspection reports as well as the initial load test report for the equipment are available for their review; it is extremely helpful in the event of an OSHA audit to be able to show them that your cranes have been inspected by a professional crane service company. We find that those companies that don’t have inspection or load test records readily available are judged strictly on the scruples of the inspector and as a result are more susceptible to fines and unrelenting consultations.
Federal code requires that all new, reinstalled, altered, repaired, and modified cranes be load tested prior to initial use. A written report shall be prepared for the load test and the report kept on file. (note: the replacement of wire rope and load chain is specifically excluded from requiring load testing after repair)
MCLAUGHLIN HOIST & CRANE, can assist by providing load testing service including the necessary report to document the test. We can typically use solid test weight for loads up to 50,000 lbs. and facilitate the use of water bags for greater loads.
Although we provide load testing at the completion of our installations, we have found that some of our competitors do not. Since load testing is a key component to check safety of a crane system and because test records are required to be kept on file, companies use us for this service.
Other than load testing after new installations or modifications, our customers sometimes require testing due to that;
- they can no longer locate their initial load test report
- they are preparing for an upcoming critical lift/project
- they have their own internal policy that requires testing more frequently (e.g. annually along with periodic inspections).
MCLAUGHLIN HOIST & CRANE can help with any of these scenarios.
MCLAUGHLIN HOIST & CRANE also provides non-destructive magnetic particle testing of hooks.
We have training programs that can help your in-plant personnel to perform the daily shift inspections and the monthly periodic inspections.