Overhead Crane Inspection

Overhead crane inspection. Due to the size and weight of the objects often being transported by overhead cranes, daily usage can lead to a breakdown or, worse, a dangerous failure that puts you, your team, or your company at risk. This is why frequent and periodic crane inspections are required to not only keep them operating at top efficiency, but to also keep your personnel safe, reduce costly downtime, and extend the life of your equipment.

At Engineered Lifting Systems, we offer on-site crane inspection services to businesses and industries across the Midwest. Our inspectors on staff are certified to perform inspections for compliance with OSHA, ASME and CMAA standards. To learn more about overhead crane inspection or to get started on a quote, please contact us or call our team at 866-756-1200.



Crane Inspection Services

Our overhead crane company is specialized in performing all types of crane services, including comprehensive inspections where we go through an extensive crane inspection checklist, auditing your machines and providing documentation for compliance with industry standards. Inspection frequency is based on service, environmental, and application factors, as designated by a qualified person.

Inspection services include:

  • Initial Crane Inspections
  • Frequent Inspections (Daily to Monthly)
  • Periodic Inspections (Monthly or Annual)
  • A review of existing inspection and training records
  • Written or electronic inspection report for your records
  • Detailed inspection of brakes, drive components, mechanical couplings, wire ropes, limits and limit operation
  • Consultation on inspection reports and actionable items regarding any mechanical issues, hazards, or opportunities for improvement


Crane Inspection Checklist | Frequent Crane Inspections

Frequent crane inspections performed monthly or as often as daily can help identify potential problems and address them before a costly accident occurs. With daily usage over time, normal wear and tear can eventually catch up and damage the structure and components depending on use. Visual and operational inspections keep the crane in peak operating condition, which is where our technicians excel!

Frequent inspection includes checking the following list of items:

  • Wire ropes – Look for broken strands, fraying, kinks, any deformation or damage to the rope structure, loss of lubricant, etc.
  • Hoist chains and end connections – Look for excessive wear, twist, or distorted links interfering with proper function, or stretch beyond manufacturer’s recommendations. Add lubrication, if necessary.
  • Functional operating mechanisms – Look for maladjustment.
  • Air or hydraulic systems – Look for deterioration or leakage in lines, tanks, valves, drain pumps, etc.
  • Hooks – Look for deformation, cracks, etc.
  • Braking motions – Make sure that stopping distance is normal and that there is not excessive drift.
  • Hoist trolley and bridge – Run through complete motions.
  • Rope reeving – Make sure it is in working-condition according to manufacturers’ recommendations.
  • Safety – Test safety devices and check that warning and other safety labels are present and legible.

OSHA Annual Crane Inspection | Periodic Crane Inspections

Overhead crane safety is regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.179 which calls for inspections to be performed periodically, or in one to 12-month intervals. Other governing bodies include ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and CMAA (Crane Manufacturers Association of America) which have similar standards for annual inspection to determine if any deficiencies are observed and if they constitute a safety hazard.

According to OSHA, periodic inspection includes checking the following list of items:

  • Corroded, cracked, or deformed members
  • Loose rivets or bolts
  • Worn or cracked drums and sheaves
  • Distorted, cracked, or worn parts such as shafts, bearings, rollers, pins, gears, clamping and locking devices
  • Excessive wear on ratchets, pawls, linings, and brake system parts
  • Wind, load, and other indicators over their full range
  • Improper performance or non-safety-compliant electric, gasoline, diesel, or other power plants
  • Excessive chain stretch or wear on chain drive sprockets
  • Pitting or deterioration of pushbutton stations, limit switches, and controller contactors

If you neglect to do these crane inspection requirements, not only will your efficiency suffer, but it could lead to fines if OSHA were to perform an on-site audit.


Initial Crane Inspections

Any new, reinstalled, modified, altered, repaired, or updated crane should be inspected to ensure compliance prior to the first use. For example, ANSI B30.11 requires a Rated Load Test confirming that the load rating should be no more than 80% of the max load sustained during the test.

These inspections should be performed by qualified OEM representatives in accordance with OEM recommendations to ensure that all components have been properly installed and functionally tested. These trained technicians need to provide a written report on the findings. At Engineered Lifting Systems, we have all pertinent crane inspection certifications in order. Contact us today to take a look at your system before getting to work!


Contact Our Overhead Crane Inspectors | Engineered Lifting Systems

Let our overhead crane inspectors take a look at your system today! Once we are finished, you can get back to work with the peace of mind knowing your machine is up to government standards and your crew is safe to do what they do best. Since 2004, we have been providing businesses in the Midwest with OSHA-compliant crane services of all kinds. To get started on a quote for overhead crane inspection, please contact us or call our team at 866-756-1200.