If a crane's boom comes in contact with a structure during a construction project, does the crane need to be inspected? If so, who is qualified to do the inspection?
If there is a reasonable probability of damage, a qualified person must inspect the crane before it is used again. A qualified person must also determine if the contact was severe enough to cause damage. [See 1926.1412, Inspections]
Oregon OSHA defines a qualified person as one "… who, by possession of a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training and experience, successfully demonstrated the ability to solve/ resolve problems relating to the subject matter, the work, or the project." [See 1926.1401, Definitions] The qualified person could be a third party evaluator or an employee of the company. At a minimum, the evaluator would need to be familiar with the crane manufacturer's operating requirements.
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