May 26/2014


In Canada, as per CSA Z150-11 Safety Code on Mobile Cranes, all mobile cranes are to be mechanically inspected as well as load and stability tested on an annual basis. They are also to be structurally examined using mag particle inspection (MPI) techniques.

In years past, many crane owners have had their cranes inspected and assumed they were certified and fit for use. However, this testing was solely an MPI inspection which only covers structural concerns. There was no mechanical inspection nor certification.  The inspector often made note of items such as a worn hose, or similar concerns of that nature, but this was done only as an act of courtesy. The MPI inspection they performed certified the unit as “structurally fit” which is in fact only one part of fully certifying a crane as being fit for service.

Over the last few years, due to many factors such as increased activities, safety awareness and continued monitoring from governing bodies, it has become necessary to ensure that equipment is thoroughly tested to be fit for service as per the OEM specifications, provincial jurisdictions and CSA standards.  This is also a matter of due diligence as a safety and liability precaution to ensure that cranes are fully certified; both structurally and mechanically.

Global Crane Inspections Inc. has developed a mechanical inspection as well as a load and stability program based on OEM specifications and CSA national standards. With this program, trained technicians perform an exhaustive inspection of mechanical and hydraulic crane components to ensure they meet or exceed CSA and OEM standards. Secondly, the crane is stability tested as per the operational charts, which is then finalized with a load holding test. These results are then forwarded to a professional engineer to review for final certification of the mobile crane.

As a franchise, Global Crane Inspections administers a program including standardized inspection checklists, facility certification, technician training and engineering services. For example, many companies already have the facility and the technicians who meet our recommended qualifications to become a crane inspector. With our training, these individuals could perform Global’s inspections and submit directly to the signing engineer, (compare this program to performing CVIPs).

Global maintains a database of all crane inspections and results, and as an additional service, we also send out reminders of required upcoming inspections that will prevent a company from getting caught with an expired certificate.

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