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Mobile Crane Inspection Checklist

Damage to construction sites and surrounding buildings from crane accidents can quickly overwhelm and even drown a company in legal suits. That's why overhead crane inspections are paramount when it comes to maintaining safe operation during lifting on construction sites. In this mobile crane inspection checklist template, you'll find a step-by-step guide on what comes before, during, and after crane set up and use. Make sure your operator is properly trained and has the right licenses before they enter the cab.

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Mobile Crane Inspection Checklist


Crane has adequate access around site?
Jobsite provided with adequate material staging area?
Adequate room for crane assembly/disassembly?
Weather Conditions
Pre-planning meeting conducted before assembly/disassembly?
Qualified person supervised assembly/disassembly?
Crane selected is appropriate for load capacity and reach?
Crane operator training verified?
Crane's annual inspection available?
Crane setup on stable surface - Compacted soils, Drained, Firm?
Outriggers extended - Wheels off ground?
Blocking/Cribbing adequate size (Size = 3x float size)?
Crane setup level?
Swing radius barricaded to prevent access - employee training?
Lift route planned to prevent worker exposure to falling loads?
Work Zone Defined
Marked boundary
or 360 max radius
Crane could get within 20' of powerline?
or Distance per table
Powerline voltage
Letter or notification from power company verifying powerline voltage received?
Safety Measures In Place
Pre-Planning meeting
Non-Conductive tag lines in place?
Elevate warning lines, or
Barricades, plus
A spotter, or
Range limiter, or
Warning device, or
Insulating link?
Employee training provided for powerline hazards?
Qualified riggers present - Training verified?
Rigging equipment appropriate for load to be lifted?
Slings, spreader bars or chains checked for certifications?
Rigging inspected?
Qualified signal person present - training verified/documented?
Hand signals posted at Jobsite?
Daily Pre-lift meeting conducted?
Competent person performed daily inspection and at each shift change?
Competent person performing and documenting monthly inspection?
Crane suspended personnel platform in use?
If yes, has the design/use been verified - Trial run per 1926.14 conducted?
Airport/Helipad locations nearby?
Multiple crane use - Coordinate procedures
Multiple crane use - Critical lift plan in place?
Safety Manager
Crane Operator
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Keep Your Job Site Safe with a Mobile Crane Inspection Checklist

Mobile cranes are essential equipment on many construction sites, but they can pose significant safety risks if they are not inspected and maintained regularly. A mobile crane inspection checklist can help ensure that your crane is in good working condition and safe to use.

The checklist should include items such as checking the boom and jib for cracks, inspecting the wire ropes and chains, examining the hydraulic and electrical systems, verifying the brakes are functioning correctly, and checking the safety devices such as limit switches and anti-two block systems. The inspection should be performed by a qualified person who understands the crane and its potential hazards. Any issues discovered during the inspection should be addressed promptly to keep the job site safe for all workers. By using a mobile crane inspection checklist, you can reduce the likelihood of accidents and injuries, and promote a safe and productive workplace.

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