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Crane Parts that You Must Inspect Daily

A daily crane inspection checklist must be signed-off and used by crane operators, riggers, and spotters before igniting the equipment’s engine.

Using a crane with even one tiny out-of-order part can lead to severe accidents. Regular crane maintenance and a safety plan must be centered to detect unsafe working conditions and malfunctioning components.

A daily examination checklist should be used to ensure an operative and systematic valuation. OSHA 1910.179(j) terms these daily checks as frequent inspections.

We have divided the crane parts into two categories that should be inspected daily before and after each operation. Let’s dig deeper to learn more about them.


Primary Parts of a Crane


The primary, non-powered crane components that are exposed to daily wear and tear are at a greater risk of damage. Inspecting these daily can help you elevate crane safety and make it safer for employees.



We’ve listed all the primary crane parts below:


  • Hoist

  • Trolley

  • Runway

  • Wire rope

  • Bushings and strain reliefs

  • Pendant pushbutton controls

  • Crane exterior

  • Reeves and grooves that hold different crane parts together

  • Crane hooks

  • Safety latches

  • Hook nuts

Check the above-mentioned crane parts for:


  • Structural damage

  • Cracks, dents, discoloration, missing labels, torn parts, and rust

  • Absence of capacity markings

  • Rough sheaves

  • Broken and non-intact sheave guards

  • No more than 10% wear on the hook


Powered Parts of a Crane


Once you’re done inspecting non-powered crane parts, move on to checking advanced, more delicate, and delicate crane components. These are mostly run by electrical or hydraulic power, hence requiring superior safety considerations.

These parts include the crane engine, which should be checked for fluid levels and oil leaks. Next, all the sockets, wires, and plugs must be assessed for a smooth power supply. This helps you identify damaged wires that can lead to electrocution or short-circuits.

In overhead cranes, inspectors must emphasize the structural integrity of end trucks, hoisting mechanism, and operator’s cab control system.


Do’s and Don’ts of Inspecting Crane Parts Daily


While you may inspect your crane equipment daily, you could be missing out on some dos and don’ts of the process. Following proper SOPs and guidelines during crane inspections are crucial to improving the efficiency and safety of the equipment.

Here are some things that you shouldn’t forget during regular crane parts inspections:


  • Only competent and skilled employees should have access to crane parts

  • Crane signalers and spotters must be trained on an urgent basis

  • Cranes should be upgraded with the latest and cutting-edge safety products for improved performance

  • Before the inspection, a pre-operation meeting should be conducted wherein the staff can raise potential concerns and point out system inefficiencies

  • A thorough regular maintenance plan should be communicated to the employees

  • A designated person should be assigned for crane engine inspections and trial running crane controls

  • Proper floor and surroundings should be ensured before every crane operation.

  • Crane’s manufacturer manual must be followed to keep tabs on rated capacity, load limits, and other safety considerations

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