At Integrity Crane And Hoist, we inspect and repair hundreds of pieces of equipment each year. In our talks with equipment users and managers, we get asked many of the same questions over and again. Today, we want to take a look at a few of the most common concerns and misconceptions held by crane and hoist operators.
If your company has monorails, one thing you may be wondering is if you have to label them with their rated load. Technically, this is not required per ASME B30.11. It is, however, recommended. If you do plan to tag your monorail system with its weight load, your markings should be easily readable from the ground floor. It’s also recommended to add load markings to crane hoists. ASME B30.16 is an excellent resource with more information on marking guidelines.
Crane And Hoist Load Testing
Load tests help determine how much weight your machines can safely handle. A load test is required on crane and hoist systems at installation. In some areas, operators must test this equipment, at minimum, every four years. However, you may leave this equipment in service without a load test if it has not been modified, damaged, altered, or repaired. To maintain the integrity and safety of your working environment, we recommend that all equipment is safety tested periodically.
There are some components of your equipment that require frequent inspections. OSHA regulation 1910.179, which discusses overhead cranes and top-running trolley hoists, mandates that these are inspected monthly. Components that require inspection, recording, and certification are hooks, wire ropes, and chains. If you are the designated inspector, you’ll be required to sign the record log. The rules are a bit different for underhung systems. While these do require fairly frequent assessments, you don’t have to document your findings, although it’s still wise to do so.
ASME standards dictate that any person inspecting crane and hoist equipment must be qualified. This means they either possess a degree or professional certification or have a proven background in the industry that includes training, knowledge, and experience. One common misheld belief is that this has to be a licensed engineer. It does not.
Your hoist and rigging equipment is a vital part of your operation. To ensure the safety of both your employees and your investment, this equipment should be inspected often by a qualified technician. At Integrity Crane and Hoist, we take this seriously, and our goal is to ensure your company has zero incidents that involve heights or high voltage.
If you have questions about sales, service, or repair of your crane, hoist, or other overhead equipment, contact Integrity Crane And Hoist today.