Since most crane inspections begin with a general walkaround and observation of the overall crane set up and operation, followed by a specific inspection of items or components, the following guidelines are presented in that order. The first section addresses the general items and operational considerations when inspecting any type of crane, followed by the specific inspection items for two specific types of cranes; Grove Rough Terrain 45 Ton (hydraulic) and Manitowoc 4100 150 Ton Crawler (lattice boom friction) cranes.

In general, the following should be considered when inspecting any crane:

Request for and review all inspection and maintenance documents for the crane being inspected, including the crane manufacturer's inspection and maintenance requirements.

Conduct a walkaround inspection, paying particular attention to mechanical systems leaks or damage (oil, hydraulic, air) and structural deficiencies.

Look at crane cab for properly marked controls, damaged instruments and for properly displayed and legible load charts.
Ask the operator, ground crew (riggers), and/or supervisors appropriate questions on load charts, rigging and load weight determinations, and capacities.

Request the operator to raise and lower the boom/load line, where practical, and inspect, from the cab position, the running line or rope of the main hoist drum and secondary line or jib line. Check brake action and its ability to stop.

If practical, request the operator to lower boom to look at the condition of booms sections, lacing, lifting components, anti-two-block devices, jib back stops, and the condition of the hook.

Check crane set up and stability of outriggers on hydraulics and/or the effectiveness of cribbing on crawlers. if possible, request that the crane be rotated to check all clearances and overall stability.