OSHA Inspections

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) regulation 1910.179 provides strict standards regarding the inspections of material handling equipment. In it, specific directives are provided concerning frequent and periodic inspections of overhead and gantry cranes.

A Material Handling Systems inspection consists of hands-on inspection service and preventive maintenance to ensure the equipment's reliability. In some cases customers are not looking for a complete PM with inspection; therefore, we will work with you to achieve the lowest overall equipment cost. However, a complete hands-on inspection and preventive maintenance is recommended.

After the inspection is complete, an inspection report - denoting deficiencies and recommendations, is given to the customer.

For equipment deemed service worthy, an inspection sticker will be affixed to it.  If repairs are required, so to meet OSHA standards, a quotation will be sent to the customer for their evaluation.

Since safety is of primary concern, any equipment that does not pass the inspection will be withdrawn from service pending repairs.

Our technicians are trained and certified on OSHA, ANSI, ASME, and NTEA regulations.

MHS inspections consist of the following:

  • A complete inspection of all major components that complies with our interpretation of the appropriate OSHA regulations
  • Inspection of all brakes and will make any required adjustments
  • Checking oil levels and filling if needed
  • Greasing the system
  • Inspecting and lubricating load chains and wire ropes
  • Checking electrical controls including: contactors, transformers, and brake coils
  • Inspection of the load hooks and latches
  • Checking runway supports and structural connections throughout the crane system
  • Listing items which may not be in compliance with OSHA standards.
  • Inspection of bolted and welded connections
  • Minor adjustments to both electrical and mechanical components, including but not limited to limit switches, control systems, brakes and trolley flange
  • Operational tests through full range of functions
  • 24/7 Customer Service Hotline
  • Detailed inspection report along with summary of issues to be addressed
  • Written recommendations for repairs, spare parts inventory, and additional maintenance requirements

The benefits of having regular inspections:

  • Prevent accidents and maintain safe operation of your bridge, gantry, or monorail crane through inspections and operator training
  • Avoid unnecessary interruptions in production
  • Ensure peak efficiency throughout your crane's long life
  • Address potential problems before they become more costly or inconvenient
  • Reduce overhead costs associated with parts, lubricants and tools
  • Reduce downtime by scheduling when production will not be interrupted

Safe hoisting and OSHA compliance:

Many people have asked what they need to keep their equipment safe and reduce down time.  Others worry about OSHA compliance.  The following is a list of the minimum that should be done to keep your hoists and cranes operating properly, safely, and within OSHA regulations.  The following also applies to all hoisting equipment, including: hand and ratchet hoists.

    Like forklift and truck operator training, training is required for every operator of hoisting equipment (OSHA 1910.179 b.8). Improper lifts are a major cause of lost time accidents.  People operating hoists must know how to use the equipment safely.
    -    MHS offers operator-training classes.  Classes include; safe rigging, daily equipment inspection, safe operation, proper use and what can happen with improper use.  Class typically lasts 1.5 to 2 hours and can be given in English or Spanish.

    A preventative maintenance program shall be established based on the manufacturer's recommendations (ANSI B30.16 2.3.1a; OSHA 1910.179 L1).
    -    MHS has factory-trained technicians that use the proper equipment to do the job correctly, rapidly, and safely. Unlike many other companies, we do not charge for rental of man lifts, which must be used to service your equipment safely.

    Adjustments and repairs should be performed by qualified personnel (ANSI B30.16 16-2.3.3 b). 
    -    Continuous training on factory and other standards on hoists and cranes qualify MHS personnel.  Many electricians and mechanics assume they are qualified because they work on other electrical and mechanical equipment. This is no truer than them being qualified to work on a jet for the same reason. 

    Many items must be checked on a daily basis.  Written records do not need to be kept for these inspections (OSHA 1910.179 j 1; ANSI B30.16).
    -    MHS provides operator training to perform these inspections. These, very quick inspections, verify the unit is safe to use prior to daily operation.

    These inspections are written inspections required on a monthly basis. (OSHA 1910.179 j 1; ANSI B30.16).
    -    MHS can provide these inspections or provide training for your personnel to provide these inspections.

    These are complete inspections and preventative maintenance of the hoists and cranes.  Qualified personnel should determine inspection interval. These should include brake adjustment and lubrication; as well as a complete written inspection of your crane. (OSHA 1910.179 j 2; ANSI B30.16).
    -    Based on your use and environment MHS can provide these inspections on anywhere from a monthly to an annual basis.  Our inspections are not a loss leader but are a service designed to maintain your equipment and reduce your long-term maintenance costs.

    Dated inspection records shall be kept for inspections and maintenance (ANSI B30.16 16- Records should be kept where easily available.  An external marking is acceptable in lieu of records.
    -    MHS provides necessary records. We also keep a copy of all records for your convenience.

    New equipment or equipment that has repairs or alterations to the load handling portion must be load tested to 125% of rated load. (ANSI B30.16 16-2.2.2).  Load test should be performed at a minimum of every 4 years (CMAA 78 4.7.4). Load test records must be kept for the life of equipment.
    -    MHS has certified test weights to test your hoists and cranes.

NOTE:  There are many special requirements for hoisting systems that should be verified during the design and inspection of your equipment.  It is extremely important for safe operation that you have your system designed and maintained by qualified personnel. We at MHS would be pleased to provide this service.          

Contact us now to schedule your OSHA inspections.

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