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Articulating Boom Crane Inspections

Articulating boom crane inspections are necessary to ensure the proper operation and safety of machinery for the operators. To ensure proper working conditions, the NTEA and OSHA recommend using an articulating boom crane inspection checklist. Due to the danger associated with lifting large weights when the cranes are not properly maintained, this inspection checklist increases your operators’ safety, their confidence and your company’s negligence protection.

Articulating Boom Crane Inspection

Articulating Boom Crane Inspection

The articulating boom crane inspection checklist is broken down into four timeframes based on what needs to be inspected and when it is needed:

Daily Articulating Boom Crane Inspections

Boom crane parts such as labels, pins, and tires need to be checked before each shift to ensure the crane is in working condition.

Monthly Articulating Boom Crane Inspections

After 100 hours of normal operations, a monthly check is recommended, which includes the daily inspections and mechanical aspects (PTO, hardware, welds, etc.). Ensure these checks are recorded and retained for at least three months.

Quarterly Articulating Boom Crane Inspections

This should be done every three months (300 hours of normal operations) and includes daily, monthly and quarterly inspection items. All items must be documented, maintained, and retained for a minimum of 12 months.

Annual Articulating Boom Crane Inspections

The final boom crane inspection happens annually. This is to happen each year or 1200 hours of normal operations; including the daily, monthly, quarterly and the annual inspection items. These items are also to be documented, maintained, and retained for a minimum of 12 months.

Following these simple steps will help to ensure that your articulating boom crane will remain in great working condition for years to come.

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Originally published 12/5/2014
Updated 4/24/2019


4 responses to “Articulating Boom Crane Inspections”

  1. Matt C says:

    Please know the official website to OSHA is

  2. A good friend of mine was telling me about wanting to learn more about crane inspections. She was trying to understand how long these inspections last and what they include. It would help her to know that these are quarterly and document the things that must be repaired or maintained for safe use.

  3. Caden Dahl says:

    Since these machines are very large, it’s always a good idea to have them inspected regularly. Anything with moving parts will eventually break down so that is also why it’s a good idea to have them inspected. Plus, you are right that they should be checked out by a professional that has the proper certifications.

  4. With any kind of heavy equipment, especially cranes like this, they should be inspected regularly. My work doesn’t use them all that often but that doesn’t mean that we should ignore the safety of them. I’ll be sure to have an inspection done the next time we use one.

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