Crane Compliance Quiz

This brief test will rate your compliance with OSHA published standards and your overall crane safety.  The answer key at the end of the test will score your compliance and if necessary recommend an action plan.

Are You In Compliance???

OSHA/ ASME Overhead Crane Compliance Quiz

Answer yes or no to the following questions...

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"Authorized person" means a person approved or assigned by the employer to perform a specific type of duty or duties or to be at a specific location or locations at the jobsite.


"Designated person" means "authorized person" as defined in paragraph (d) of this section.



"Qualified" means one who, by possession of a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training, and experience, has successfully demonstrated his ability to solve or resolve problems relating to the subject matter, the work, or the project.


"Competent person" means one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.


"Suitable" means that which fits, and has the qualities or qualifications to meet a given purpose, occasion, condition, function, or circumstance.

OK.  So it’s a trick question. 

Actually, if you answered “NO” to any of the questions you have a potentially significant compliance problem.  OSHA requires that all of these topics be completed by every crane owner.




1. Have your cranes inspected per the “periodic” requirement at a minimum annually, or more frequently if the duty cycle is higher (retain documentation for 1 year).

2. Make sure the person inspecting your cranes meets the “qualified” designation (see below).

3. Make sure you have documentation of “frequent” inspections, to include wire rope/chain  and hook measurements.

4. Make sure the person inspecting your cranes meets the “qualified” designation (see below).

5. Ensure that your crane operators are trained on the equipment they operate. 

6. Maintain documentation of the crane training you provide in the employee’s personnel file.  Refresher training every 2 years is recommended.

7. OSHA 1910.179 requires that a crane maintenance program be established, based upon the OEM recommendation, for every crane.  Retain these records in your crane file.

8. OSHA also requires that any defects indentified during the inspection must be repaired peior to returning the crane to service.

9. Make sure the person repairing your cranes meets the “qualified” designation (see below).

10. Every crane must be load tested.  Either when it is installed, or when alterations to load bearing members have been made (or a tonnage upgrade has been done).

11. Maintain load testing records in your crane file for the life of the crane.

Questions?  Feel free to give us a call, we can assist you with any compliance issues you might be facing, from creating a crane file, training your people, inspecting your equipment, you name it.




Do you currently perform periodic inspections per OSHA 1910.179?



Is your in-house inspector “qualified” to perform crane inspections?



Do you currently perform “frequent” or pre-shift inspections?



Are your inspectors/ operators qualified to perform pre-shift inspections?



Are your operators considered qualified to operate overhead cranes?



Do you operators receive specific training to operate overhead cranes?



Have you established a maintenance program for your cranes?



Do you repair crane defects immediately?



Is your in-house maintenance person considered qualified to repair cranes?



Have your cranes been tested?



Do you have documentation of the testing?