During an average year, injuries caused by working with or near cranes, hoists and similar equipment account for thousands of lost-time claims due to injuries and fatalities.

OSHA Requirements

1910.179(j)(1)(ii)(a)
Frequent inspection – Daily to monthly intervals.
1910.179(j)(2)
Frequent inspection. The following items shall be inspected for defects at intervals as defined in paragraph (j)(1)(ii) of this section or as specifically indicated, including observation during operation for any defects which might appear between regular inspections. All deficiencies such as listed shall be carefully examined and determination made as to whether they constitute a safety hazard:
1910.179(j)(1)(ii)(b)
Periodic inspection – 1 to 12-month intervals.
1910.179(j)(3)

Periodic inspection. Complete inspections of the crane shall be performed at intervals as generally defined in paragraph (j)(1)(ii)(b) of this section, depending upon its activity, severity of service, and environment, or as specifically indicated below. These inspections shall include the requirements of paragraph (j)(2) of this section and in addition, the following items. Any deficiencies such as listed shall be carefully examined and determination made as to whether they constitute a safety hazard:

There are certain safety rules that must be followed by everyone who works with or near any type of hoisting equipment.

– Check to see that the hoisting equipment you are about to operate has been properly inspected by a certified crane inspector
– Before using any hoist, check all controls for proper operation.
– Never operate a crane that is unsafe.
– Never permit an unauthorized person to operate the crane.
– Inspect all chain and slings / below the hook devices
– Never stand or walk under a load, whether it’s moving or stationary and always warn others of moving and approaching overhead loads

If all of us do our jobs well and safely, there is no reason why the injuries and deaths caused by working with or near cranes, hoists and similar equipment cannot be virtually eliminated.