OSHA Periodic Inspections

OSHA Periodic Inspections policy and procedures

Complete inspections of overhead lifting equipment—covered in this section and performed at regular intervals—provide an additional layer of protection over Frequent Inspections, which cover components that are subject to daily wear and tear. This section also calls for special inspections to be conducted on idle and standby equipment before returning it to use in a facility’s operations.  

Konecranes offers a maintenance program for all makes of cranes—the CARE Preventive/Predictive Maintenance program—that provides an effective, systematic solution for staying on top of crane inspections and maintenance, and lessening the incidence of equipment breakdowns and accidents.


OSHA 1910.179 Overhead & Gantry Cranes Regulations
The following excerpt is taken directly from OSHA 1910.179.*

Periodic Inspection

Complete inspections of the crane shall be performed at intervals as generally defined in paragraph (j)(1)(ii)(b) of this section, depending upon its activity, severity of service, and environment, or as specifically indicated below. These inspections shall include the requirements of paragraph (j)(2) of this section and in addition, the following items. Any deficiencies such as listed shall be carefully examined and determination made as to whether they constitute a safety hazard:

  • Deformed, cracked, or corroded members.
  • Loose bolts or rivets.
  • Cracked or worn sheaves and drums.
  • Worn, cracked or distorted parts such as pins, bearings, shafts, gears, rollers, locking and clamping devices.
  • Excessive wear on brake system parts, linings, pawls, and ratchets.
  • Load, wind, and other indicators over their full range, for any significant inaccuracies.
  • Gasoline, diesel, electric, or other powerplants for improper performance or noncompliance with applicable safety requirements.
  • Excessive wear of chain drive sprockets and excessive chain stretch.
  • Electrical apparatus, for signs of pitting or any deterioration of controller contactors, limit switches and pushbutton stations.

Cranes not in regular use

  • A crane which has been idle for a period of 1 month or more, but less than 6 months, shall be given an inspection conforming with requirements of paragraph (j)(2) of this section and paragraph (m)(2) of this section before placing in service.
  • A crane which has been idle for a period of over 6 months shall be given a complete inspection conforming with requirements of paragraphs (j)(2) and (3) of this section and paragraph (m)(2) of this section before placing in service.
  • Standby cranes shall be inspected at least semi-annually in accordance with requirements of paragraph (j)(2) of this section and paragraph (m)(2) of this section.

As part of the CARE program, our certified technicians perform inspections and preventive maintenance on schedule and according to all applicable standards, regulations and codes.




*The foregoing OSHA regulations are not intended to be a comprehensive overview of all applicable regulations pertaining to the designated topic. State laws may mandate different safety and maintenance standards. Accordingly, please consult applicable state laws as well as original equipment manufacturer specifications for further guidance. The statements and descriptions contained herein constitute the opinion/recommendation of the seller and are not intended to create any express warranties.