Crane Institute of America

Inspector’s Liability

Inspecting a telescoping boom crane

Getting one of your cranes inspected, or preparing to inspect a crane? More than likely liability has run through your mind. OSHA requires cranes to be inspected at specific periods of times (see OSHA 1926.1412 – Mobile Cranes, Derricks, Tower Cranes; OSHA 1910.179j – Overhead and Gantry Cranes; OSHA.gov). Although not all inspections are required to be documented, it is good practice to maintain records.

Helpful Tips

Crane Owners:
• Require the inspector to be trained and qualified.
• Make sure your inspection checklist has been signed by the inspector.
• Ask questions about the inspection, especially if you have concerns.
• Maintain the inspector’s contact information (the inspector has to sign the inspection, but you may not remember who performed the inspection just by their signature).

Inspectors:
• Make sure you’re signing and dating inspection checklists.
• Keep a copy of regulations should the crane owner have questions regarding a particular item.
• Keep a copy of the checklist for your records.

The inspection checklist is a legal document that states the condition of the crane at the time it was inspected. It lists deficiencies that constitute a hazard that must be corrected by the crane owner. It should also contain recommendations of things that should be done to better improve safety. A crane inspector cannot be held responsible for something that happens after the inspection.

Telescoping Boom Annual Inspection Checklist

Need inspection checklists to help you perform a quality inspection? No problem, Crane Institute offers Annual and Pre-Operational inspection checklists on various types of equipment. You can even get our forms with your company logo and contact information on them. To find out more, click here.