ISO has released new standards on crane inspections aiming to reduce the risk of property damage and accidents both to persons involved in a lifting operation and those in the vicinity.
ISO 23814:2009, Cranes – Competency requirements for crane inspectors
This standard specifies the competency required of persons who carry out periodic, exceptional, alteration and thorough inspections of cranes. It excludes the day-to-day inspections and checks performed by crane operators and maintenance personnel. It addresses issues including technical knowledge and experience, techniques for crane inspection and training of crane inspectors.
The objective of this International Standard is to achieve a uniformly high competency of crane inspectors worldwide.
ISO 9927-1:2009, Cranes – Inspections – Part 1: General
This specifies the inspections to be carried out on cranes, excluding inspections carried out prior to first use. It covers inspection, methods of inspection, inspection personnel, precautions for inspection and results of inspection.
ISO 9927-3:2005, Cranes – Inspections – Part 3: Tower cranes
This refers to the regular inspections to be carried out on tower cranes.
ISO believes that the introduction of new International Standards and the regular review of existing ones will have a direct and positive impact on general safety by reducing potential hazards and will help to remove technical barriers to the international trade in cranes.
Multi-national and national manufacturers, users, inspection bodies, institutions for higher education, insurance companies and government health and safety organisations are all actively involved in the elaboration of these standards.