×
INTELLIGENT WORK FORUMS
FOR ENGINEERING PROFESSIONALS

Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you an
Engineering professional?
Join Eng-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!
  • Students Click Here

*Eng-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here

crane load testing

crane load testing

crane load testing

(OP)
Can anyone tell me where in the ANSI codes it says that I must annually load test my cranes?  We are paying a fortune for testing that is not required and I need some ammunition to get it stopped.  Thanks.

RE: crane load testing

OSHA requires the testing.

RE: crane load testing

(OP)
asdf, the OSHA standard 1910.179 requires frequent and periodic inspections.  The section that talks about inspections does not mention load testing at all.  The testing section (k) requires the 125% rated load test prior to initial use or after the crane has been altered and does not say anything at all about annual load testing.

RE: crane load testing

You are quite correct.  Neither OSHA or ANSI/ASME standards require annual load testing of overhead cranes used in general industry.  Load testing is only required for new cranes and those which have been extensively repaired or altered.  The term "extensively repaired" can be open to interpretation, however normal maintenance activities would not be included (such as wire rope replacement).  It is also interesting to note that current OSHA standards (1910.179) now allow load testing (when required) at 100 percent of capacity in lieu of the old 125 percent figure.

There is a letter of interpretation from ANSI/ASME that does discuss this issue (ANSI/ASME B30.2).  It was included in one of the older issues of that standard (or perhaps one of the addedums).  In that letter, they state quite clearly that such annual load testing is not required.

RE: crane load testing

bump,

Just to add my two cents worth, some companies & organizations mandate annual testing. It is ususally included as part of an overall safety program.

See the following for the NREL program:

http://www.nrel.gov/esh/manual/6-4_17.html

Also see the website for the "Crane Institute"..

http://www.craneinstitute.com/services/services.htm

The argument that they make is that a record of an annual load test is a reasonable and prudent measure in case of any possible future accident. Having certified records of a recent load test is a strong defense for the defense against a lawsuit. It's a good idea....

Good Luck


MJC

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Eng-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Eng-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Eng-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Eng-Tips and talk with other members! Already a Member? Login


Resources

White Paper - How ESI is Helping Move New Medical Device Product to Market Quicker & More Cost Effic
Early Supplier Involvement has long been a strategy employed by manufacturers to produce innovative products. Now, it almost seems like a necessity. Because decisions made in the design phase can positively affect product quality and costs, this can help add value to OEM bottom lines. This white paper will discuss many facets of ESI, including why it’s so valuable today, what challenges limit the benefits of ESI, how cost is impacted, and more. Download Now
White Paper - Moving to a Driverless Future
This white paper describes what we see as the best practices to support a sustainable engineering process for autonomous vehicle design. It exposes how to use simulation and testing in common frameworks to enable design exploration, verification and validation for the development of autonomous cars at a system, software and full-vehicle level to drive a mature product development process for automated driving. Download Now
Research Report - How Engineers are Using Remote Access
Remote access enables engineers to work from anywhere provided they have an internet connection. We surveyed our audience of engineers, designers and product managers to learn how they use remote access within their organizations. We wanted to know which industries have adopted remote access, which software they are using, and what features matter most. Download Now

Close Box

Join Eng-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical engineering professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Eng-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close