New ISO standards lift the safety level of cranes worldwide

There is always a potential danger involved in the operation of cranes. New ISO standards on crane inspections aim to reduce the risk of accident both to persons involved in a lifting operation and those in the vicinity, as well as of damage to property.

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.

The objective of this International Standard is to achieve a uniformly high competency of crane inspectors worldwide. In some countries, there may be additional regulatory requirements that must also be taken into account.

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 require to undergo inspections to detect deviations from safe conditions so they can be put right. The inspections are the responsibility of crane users or owners.