09:53 am, Tuesday 17 August, 2010
According to the safety watchdog, cranes are required to undergo a major inspection at the nominal 10-year interval.
It says employers are required to ensure that maintenance and repair of plant are undertaken, having regard to the instructions of the designer and manufacturer.
All cranes must have a major inspection at the end of their design life, nominally 10 years for the mechanical components, unless the designer, or a specific part of AS2550, advises otherwise – it can be more or less than 10 years, depending on whether the history of the crane is known or unknown.
From 23 August 2010, mobile cranes with SP2 configuration (over-mass on one or more axle group) and a GVM more than 12 tonne will require an annual inspection to a safety standard as part of their registration renewal.
Please visit rta.nsw.gov.au and search for ‘ACIS’ for more details and the Crane Industry Council Australia (CICA) web site cica.com.au for information on the criteria for a 10-year major service.