The Obama administration has placed a priority on OSHA compliance, evident from the increase of the OSHA operating budget for FY2011 by $14 million compared to FY2010 (Department of Labor News Release). This may lead to increased OSHA inspections and monitoring. Don't be caught with your overhead lifting equipment out of compliance.
Here are a few steps you can take to make sure you are prepared:
1) Be sure to maintain regular inspections of your equipment.
OSHA designates two types of use based on the nature of the critical components of the crane and the degree of their exposure to wear, deterioration, and/or malfunction.
a. Frequent Inspection - Daily to monthly intervals. b. Periodic Inspection - 1 to 12-month intervals.
2) Maintain records of all of your inspections.
3) Maintain your personnel's crane training.
Well trained operators are more likely to operate within OSHA standards.
4) Affix a Standard Crane Hand Signal placard in the crane production area.
5) Affix a safety "Do & Don't" to the pendant or in the operator's cab.
Bailey Crane & Hoist can perform OSHA compliance inspections identifying OSHA violations and provide recommendations to improve equipment safety and decrease costly downtime. Bailey Crane & Hoist's highly experienced OSHA compliance inspection teams have many years of experience inspecting its own, as well as other manufacturers', equipment. For more information about OSHA compliance inspection, Feel free to contact us!