New ISO Standards Lift Crane Safety Level
ISO 23814:2009, Cranes – Competency requirements for crane inspectors, specifies the competency required of persons who carry out periodic, exceptional, alteration and thorough inspections of cranes. It excludes the day-to-day inspection and checks performed by crane operators and maintenance personnel. The standard addresses the following issues:
- Independence, impartiality and integrity
- Technical knowledge and experience
- Techniques for crane inspection
- Training of crane inspectors.
Two other standards point out that to ensure cranes are operated safely, their proper working and operational conditions need to be maintained. Therefore, all cranes must undergo inspections to detect deviations from safe conditions so they can be put right. The inspections are the responsibility of crane users or owners.
ISO 9927-1:2009, Cranes – Inspections – Part 1: General specifies the inspections to be carried out on cranes, excluding inspections carried out prior to first use.
- Methods of inspection
- Inspection personnel,
- Precautions for inspection,
- Results of inspection.
- Daily inspections
- Frequent inspections
- Periodic inspections
- Thorough inspections.
Actively involved in the elaboration of these standards are multi-national and national manufacturers, users, inspection bodies, institutions for higher education, insurance companies and government health and safety organizations from all five continents.
For more information, visit www.iso.org.
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