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Mike Parnell Feb 23, 2010 10:59:00 AM 1 min read

4 Critical Questions Before Conducting a Crane and Rigging Audit

1. What are the existing practices as witnessed by the audit team?  How are they operating their cranes and using their rigging? What do the last 36 months of accident reports look like? Can the operators defend the cranes by answering load chart or capacity questions during field interviews? Are the riggers able to answer questions about sling and shackle capacities based on tensions?
2. What is the status of the training of personnel?  Are there records that substantiate the training for operators, riggers, signalpersons, maintenance personnel and supervisors? Have they received training in critical lift planning and the responsibilities of the lift director? Do the records contain examples of the training packages used for instruction? Was there hands-on training that accompanied the classroom sessions?
3. What is the condition of the equipment?  Is there an active maintenance program in place, and are there records denoting repairs and maintenance for various cranes? Is there an active replacement program for damaged rigging? Is there a 3rd party conducting crane and hoist inspections and if so, is it a pencil-whipped process or are they really finding items that have been overlooked during the daily and monthly inspections?
4. Is management willing to provide solutions?  Is site management willing to spend time and money to upgrade equipment as needed? Do they respond to equipment being tagged "out of service" with reasonable repair orders, or do they override their personnel's field decisions? Is there a budget for equipment (cranes, slings, hoists) repair, replacement, retirement and new purchase?

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