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Crane Inspections and Costs Associated

Crane Inspections and Costs Associated






What are you really getting for your inspection?

To help shed some light for a company that is just getting started with an OH&S plan, the Occupational Health and Safety ‘Act, Regulations and Code’ sets out guidelines for what is required.

So, let’s say you have a crane or you are a bigger company that has numerous cranes, in either instance both companies fall within the same rules under CSA Z150 and Alberta Occupational Health & Safety.

Part 6 Cranes, Hoists and Lift Devices59(1)

 This Part applies to lift devices, including cranes and hoists, with a rated load capacity of 2000 kilograms or more. As this part states if you have crane, hoist or lift device and it is rated for 2000 kilograms or more you will need to familiarize yourself with these regulations.


In this section one will also see that it sets out the guidelines for NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING 89:

An employer must ensure that all load-bearing components of a mobile crane undergo non-destructive testing under the direction and control of a professional engineer in accordance with the manufacture’s specifications at 12- month intervals from the date of the mobile cranes recent certification.

There are numerous other requirements in this section and helpful information to review as guidelines. I have mentioned the two above sections primarily because they are the most frequently asked questions in our industry and are services provided by Red Associates Engineering.

Now when getting started, following these standards is the real meat and potatoes behind this blog.  These standards are set by the governing bodies and you are responsible in hiring a company to whose services fulfill these requirements.  Two questions you must ask yourself are “Who has been inspecting your equipment?” and/or “What value are you getting for services paid?” 




There are numerous inspection companies to choose from, and one should always ask when making these decisions, ‘Are you partnering with an engineering company who is fully certified to perform structural inspections?’ or ‘Are you simply getting a sticker on your equipment?’  


Companies will usually charge an hourly rate or have a set fee for a specific type of equipment amongst other charges such as certification, travel, etc., however, one needs to be asking what are you getting in return for these fees?

At the end of the day, you are paying to make sure that the equipment you own and that your staff is operating is ultimately safe to use, however, buyer beware, this should also come with additional value.

Things to be aware of...

  • ·         Are the engineer(s) competent in the inspection of cranes? ( in CSA Z150)
  • ·         Permit to practice/ engineered stamps for multiple provinces (AB, SASK, BC, etc.) 
  • ·         Does company have in house engineers or just one on reserve to stamp if needed?
  • ·         Certified personnel (CGSB/ CWB) but also competent in crane inspections.
  • ·         Trained staff (CSTS, Fall Arrest, Manlift, H2S etc.)
  • ·         Are they COR certified?  
  • ·         Able to get onto sites which are compliant with ISNetworld, Avetta, etc.?
  • ·         Numerous branches/ locations, that can service other provinces/ areas?
  • ·         Liability insurances
  • ·         Trucks with 5,000,000.00 insurance for certain sites.
  • ·         Administration department
  • ·         How long has Inspection Company been providing crane inspections/ engineering services?

Not all these services are required but if you are paying an hourly rate or a set fee to hire an inspection company, ask yourself, what are you getting for value with the above services or are you just getting a sticker?







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