Crane inspections are a necessity with overhead cranes and all other types of cranes. You and your employees should perform in-house inspections on your crane on a regular basis. Additionally, you should opt to use a professional overhead crane inspection service from time to time as well, since they can perform a more in-depth, professional inspection. 

Although you might recognize that crane inspections are important so that you can use your crane safely while keeping it in good condition and complying with all regulations, you might not be sure of exactly when your crane should be inspected. This varies a little bit from situation to situation, but these are a few ways that you can tell.

Check Out the OSHA Guidelines

First of all, if you operate a business in the United States, you might be familiar with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). As you might already know, there are a variety of guidelines in place thanks to OSHA, and these guidelines and regulations impact various parts of your business. In addition to recommending things like proper safety gear for workers doing certain jobs, OSHA also has requirements about things like how frequently cranes and other equipment should be inspected. Generally, you have to have your crane inspected by a certified inspector at least once a year in order to be compliant with OSHA guidelines. However, there are other guidelines about inspections in place, too, so make sure that you do your research to ensure that you are, in fact, compliant with OSHA guidelines.

Think About How Often You Use Your Crane

Some companies only use their cranes occasionally, when they might have a really heavy item that needs to be lifted or when they are working on an occasional heavy-duty project. Some companies use their cranes all day, every day. If you fall into the latter camp, then your overhead crane is probably going to need to be inspected more frequently.

Think About the Condition of Your Crane

If your overhead crane is older or if you have been dealing with a lot of repair issues, you may want to inspect it a little more frequently. Then, you can keep track of the condition that it's in and can make sure that it's safe to operate.

Talk to a Crane Inspector

Of course, the only one who might be more familiar with your crane than you and your employees would be the professional who might inspect your crane for you on a regular basis. The professionals who work for crane inspection services are typically very familiar with how frequently cranes should be inspected, based on the factors above and more. They can also provide you with more information about things like how much it will cost to have your crane inspected.