Are you in compliance with the latest changes to the Code of Massachusetts Regulations governing hoisting equipment operations?
Inspecting your equipment; What the CMR and OSHA require and what you have to do in order to be in compliance.
In October of 2013 the Code of Massachusetts Regulations 520 CMR 6.00 was revised. Section 6.08 specifically addresses and identifies the inspection criteria for hoisting machinery. The standard now requires that the license operator, prior to operation of the hoisting equipment, perform a daily, visual, written, and signed inspection of the equipment to ensure that it is in a safe condition. A daily log sheet in accordance with the OSHA standards 29 CFR 1926 and 29 CFR 1910 shall be made available to the Department of Public Safety, during the useful life of the machine. The daily, pre-use inspection shall conform to the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standard 1926.1412.
Some of the highlights of this standard are as follows:
1926.1412(a)(2)-Equipment must not be used until an inspection under this paragraph demonstrates that the requirements of paragraph (a)(1)(i) of this section have been met.
1926.1412(d)(1) A competent person must begin a visual inspection prior to each shift the equipment will be used, which must be completed before or during that shift. The inspection must consist of observation for apparent deficiencies. Taking apart equipment components and booming down is not required as part of this inspection unless the results of the visual inspection or trial operation indicate that further investigation necessitating taking apart equipment components or booming down is needed. Determinations made in conducting the inspection must be reassessed in light of observations made during operation. At a minimum the inspection must include all of the following:
- Control Mechanisms for maladjustments
- Control mechanisms for apparent excessive wear
- Air, hydraulic, and other pressurized lines for deterioration
- Hydraulic systems
- Hooks and latches
- Wire rope
- Wire rope reeving
- Safety devices
1926.1412(d)(1)(x)-Ground conditions around the equipment for proper support, including ground settling under and around outriggers/stabilizers and supporting foundations, ground water accumulation, or similar conditions.
1926.1412(j)-Any part of a manufacturer’s procedures regarding inspections that relate to safe operation (such as to a safety device or operational aid, critical part of a control system, power plant, braking system, load-sustaining structural components, load hook, or in-use operating mechanism) that is more comprehensive or has a more frequent schedule of inspection than the requirements of this section must be followed
For a complete listing of the OSHA standard 1926.1412 please click on this link