Canadian Standards Association recently published a new standard, CSA Z-151, entitled “Concrete Pumps and Placing Booms” in November, 2009. The standard was developed in response to an increasing number of incidents in the concrete pumping industry. The goal of the standard is to provide a consistent level of safety around this equipment for all of industry. >
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Recently we had the opportunity to provide our inspection services to a local facility with a number of overhead cranes. These cranes had been inspected every year by an overhead crane service company but had never had a full non-destructive inspection of the structure before. The results speak volumes about the importance of regular structural inspections utilizing visual and non-destructive testing (NDT). >
Sometimes it can be easy to neglect to inspect some parts of your rigging hardware, especially when they rarely show external signs of wear. Case in point is inspection of overhaul balls and hook blocks. Frequent lubrication and quick visual checks on the exterior are simply not sufficient enough to mitigate the risks associated with these critical components. The Safety Code on Mobile Cranes CSA Z150-98 Section 188.8.131.52 states that a teardown inspection shall be performed at least every 5 years or as recommended by the manufacturer. >