According to OSHA, a crane must be inspected after assembly, after any modification and after a period of inactivity of 6 to 12 months. This task must be performed by a certified and licensed crane inspector.
Small and medium sized companies usually hire a crane inspector. They have a small number of cranes, and the inspector, who also doubles as crane operator, can handle the job. However, large companies that lease construction equipment must outsource this task to a specialized company.
How Do You Recognize a Professional Crane Inspection Company?
Post assembly crane inspection companies must prove that their staff holds adequate certification recognized by the OSHA. The basic certification in this field is the one issued by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).
At the same time, they must be able to provide a list of clients they have worked for and references from them. Usually, these companies have a special page of testimonials or client cases on their website. At the same time, they will display the logos for all the relevant certifications and licenses the company holds.
How Can You Find a Post Assembly Crane Inspection Company?
If you are new in business, you need to be careful before you hire a crane inspection company. If they do not hold the proper certifications and an accident occurs, your company will likely have to assume at least a part of the liability.
Here are a few suggestions for finding a post assembly crane inspection company you can trust;
- The NCCCO Website
The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators keeps a register of certified persons and entities. You can access this register for free and look for a crane inspection company in your city.
- The BBB Website
The Better Business Bureau is an accreditation organization that rates company depending on their reliability, financial position, legal problems and customer feedback. Their website allows you to select crane inspection companies by geographical area, proximity to your location and rating.
- Various Business Directories
Business directories are websites that maintain a list of companies, clearly classified by industry and specialized field of activity. Many of these directories allow clients to post ratings, so you can also find out details about the reliability of the respective company.
- Your Network
At the present, it is more important than ever to have a wide network of business contacts. Social media platforms make it easy to find people you worked with, potential vendors and business partners and connect with them.
You can reach out to them and ask for a recommendation. Their answer is a qualified one – no one would recommend an unreliable company to a friend or business connection.
When you start discussing with a post assembly crane inspection company, you need to make sure that they:
- Have experience working with the brand and model of cranes you use
- Has a valid certification and license for crane inspection
- Holds relevant insurance
- Is familiar with the most up to date non-destructive testing inspection procedures.