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Konecranes Crane Health Survey helps diagnose incorrect inspection schedules for overhead cranes

Konecranes Crane Health Survey is a five-minute investment in time that can potentially save companies hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, lost production and litigation.

If you’re not positive that your overhead cranes are being inspected according to OSHA guidelines, world’s largest crane service provider Konecranes has developed a quick online survey that will help you find out what OSHA requires for a crane like yours. 

The Crane Health Survey gives participants the opportunity to plug in answers to questions about their equipment, such as the CMAA class, capacity, the number of shifts it runs and the crane’s age.

The survey also asks a few key questions about the corrosion level in the operating environment and maintenance and inspection schedules. The answers are cross-referenced with how often OSHA Frequent and Periodic Compliance Inspections are being performed.

When the survey is complete, the online interface responds with a Results and Recommendations message. If the answers don’t match with OSHA requirements, a caution message is included. The survey participant then has the opportunity to check the inspection frequency tables for their type of crane and see which survey answers point to a problem. 

“When it comes to OSHA requirements and CMAA classifications, it can be hard to know everything you need in order to stay compliant,” says Joe Otten, Director Konecranes Sales & Service Academy. “The crane design, actual usage, load spectrum, maintenance history, age, environment and many other factors must be properly considered to create a proper inspection and maintenance program.”

If companies don’t have a formal operator training program, the survey will also show them to be out of compliance.

The CMAA duty classification is a key piece of information. For older cranes, especially in facilities that have changed hands, managers may not be sure of the design classification for that piece of equipment. If that is the case, survey participants can contact Konecranes to schedule an evaluation. Other hints for optimizing crane maintenance are available from Konecranes in a series of e-messages titled Five Keys to Crane Maintenance Success. Maintenance managers can register online to receive these.  

“The consequences for a company not following the required crane inspection and maintenance schedule can range from an OSHA fine to a dropped load and subsequent loss of production or even an accident resulting in injury or death,” says Otten. “It is surprising how many companies aren’t 100 percent sure what’s required to be compliant. But with Konecranes new online Crane Health Survey, we’ve given them a fast and easy way to find out.”