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Subchapter 4. Construction Safety Orders
Article 15. Cranes and Derricks in Construction

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§1613.4. Inspections - Each Shift.

(a) Each shift. A qualified person shall visually inspect the crane's or derrick's controls, rigging and operating mechanism prior to the first operation on any work shift. The inspection shall 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. Any unsafe conditions disclosed by the inspection requirements of this Article shall be corrected promptly. Defective components of equipment which create an imminent safety hazard shall be replaced, repaired or adjusted prior to use. At a minimum the inspection shall include all of the following:

(1) Control mechanisms for maladjustments interfering with proper operation.

(2) Control and drive mechanisms for apparent excessive wear of components and contamination by lubricants, water or other foreign matter.

(3) Air, hydraulic, and other pressurized lines for deterioration or leakage, particularly those which flex in normal operation.

(4) Hydraulic system for proper fluid level.

(5) Hooks and latches for deformation, cracks, excessive wear, or damage such as from chemicals or heat.

(6) Wire rope reeving for compliance with the manufacturer's specifications.

(7) Wire rope, in accordance with Section 1613.10(a).

(8) Electrical apparatus for malfunctioning, signs of apparent excessive deterioration, dirt or moisture accumulation.

(9) Tires (when in use) for proper inflation and condition.

(10) 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.

This section does not apply to the inspection of ground conditions for railroad tracks and their underlying support when the railroad tracks are part of the general railroad system of transportation that is regulated pursuant to the Federal Railroad Administration under 49 CFR part 213.

(11) The equipment for level position within the tolerances specified by the equipment manufacturer's recommendations, both before each shift and after each move and setup.

(12) Operator cab windows for significant cracks, breaks, or other deficiencies that would hamper the operator's view.

(13) Rails, rail stops, rail clamps and supporting surfaces when the equipment has rail traveling. This section does not apply to the inspection of rails, rail stops, rail clamps and supporting surfaces when the railroad tracks are part of the general railroad system of transportation that is regulated pursuant to the Federal Railroad Administration under 49 CFR part 213.

(14) Safety devices and operational aids for proper operation.

(b) If any deficiency in subsections (a)(1) through (13) (or in additional inspection items required to be checked for specific types of equipment in accordance with other sections of this standard) is identified, an immediate determination shall be made by the qualified person as to whether the deficiency constitutes a safety hazard. If the deficiency is determined to constitute a safety hazard, the equipment shall be taken out of service until it has been corrected.

(c) If any deficiency in subsection (a)(14) (safety devices/operational aids) is identified, the action specified in Section 1615.1 and Section 1615.2 shall be taken prior to using the equipment.

Note: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.

HISTORY

1. New section filed 7-7-2011; operative 7-7-2011. Exempt from OAL review pursuant to Labor Code section 142.3(a)(3) (Register 2011, No. 27).


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