What Are the Benefits of a Crane and Hoist Inspection?

One of the most common questions we receive from clients is, “Does my business need to get a crane and hoist inspection?” The answer is unequivocally “yes.”

Proper inspection and maintenance of overhead cranes and hoists is crucial to ensuring the safety of a job site. A lack of crane and hoist inspection can result in crane accidents, damage a company’s reputation and even have some negative financial impacts.

There are multiple types of crane inspections, each of which has its own purposes and frequency with which it should be performed. The benefits of staying up to date with these inspections are as follows:

  • Comply with industry standards: Compliance is a key issue in industrial fields. A lack of compliance can result in some significant fines and other sanctions. Regular inspections of cranes and hoists ensure compliance and prevent a company from having to shell out money due to avoidable noncompliance issues.
  • Ensure the safety of workers: All employees at a job site rely on equipment to be safe and functional. A failure to stay up to date with crane and hoist inspections means problems may go unnoticed and unrepaired, leading to potential failure in lifting equipment. This can result in significant hazards to workers at the site. Regular inspections limit the possibility for equipment breakdowns and also help you determine where there are potential vulnerabilities that need to be addressed. This will help employees feel safe and confident on the job site.
  • Prevent mechanical problems: When equipment goes out of order, that translates to a loss of productivity at the job site. Equipment that fails could take days or even weeks to be repaired, which means lost money in what should have been unnecessary repairs, as well as lost money due to the loss of productivity caused by downtime. Regular inspections of cranes and hoists help prevent these mechanical problems and productivity losses.
  • Protect your reputation: Accidents caused by equipment breakdowns can cause significant damage to your company’s reputation. It gives potential customers and workers alike the perception that you do not care enough about your equipment and workers to stay on top of inspections and maintenance. A company that cares about safety and invests in regular inspections will also preserve its own reputation.
  • Avoid potential property damage: The safety of your workers should always be your top priority, but you should also consider the condition of your other equipment and materials. When you suffer equipment failures, the collapses or after-effects could cause damage to other pieces of equipment or materials on the job site. Keep your items in good condition and avoid unnecessary damage by staying on top of this maintenance.

These are just a few examples of the main benefits of performing regular crane and hoist inspections. To learn more about the steps you should take to keep your workers and equipment safe, or if you need to schedule a crane and hoist inspection, we encourage you to get in touch with the team at Zo-Air Co. Inc. today.

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