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June-July 2017

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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?

man standing on deck of crane holding cables attached to boom

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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