Don't Get Caught With Your Guard Down, Look Up At Your Cranes! Do you have Documented Monthly Inspections, Including the Inspection of Critical Items?
The daily inspection, or shift as many refer to it, is not required to be documented, although it is probably a good idea. The monthly, on the other hand, is required by OSHA and the records must be kept. The requirement includes the inspections of critical items, such as hooks, chains, ropes, along with documentation that includes the date of inspection, the signature of the person who performed the inspection, the equipment's serial number, or other identifier of the inspected items.
This is just one type of inspection that OSHA requires. If you are unfamiliar with this requirement or any other inspection requirement, in addition to who is authorized to do these inspections, please contact a professional at CICB for guidance. If an accident were to happen and these required inspections have not been completed, you could be looking at extremely large fines and civil liability.
United States Department of Labor, Occupations Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Regulations: 29 CFR 1910.179(j)(2)(iii); 29 CFR 1910.179(j)(2)(iv); and 29 CFR 1910.179(m)(1)