Barth Crane Inspections, LLC   |   Summerville, SC   |   (843) 871-8877

The Barth Crane Network

Accident Investigations

Tom Barth has built an excellent reputation with legal firms across the country for his expertise as a crane accident investigator and expert witness. With his vast experience as a crane operator and inspector, Tom assesses cases quickly and accurately and delivers concise answers to complicated questions. His lifelong commitment to crane safety gives him a unique perspective on the industry.


Accident Investigation
Accident Reconstruction
Expert Testimony
Crane Inspections
Tower Crane Inspections


Crane Operator Training
Safety Inspections
Load Testing

About Thomas Barth Crane Consultants

Tom Barth working in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska

Tom in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska where temperatures sometimes reached minus-40. Hair blowers were used to keep controls from freezing.


  • 38 years as an operator and inspector of cranes and crane operator instructor.
  • 15 years as a crane accident investigator and expert witness.
  • 13 years experience working cranes on the water, including off loading barges, jack-up platforms, general cargo and construction materials, pile driving, clamming and hook work.
  • Operator experience on land includes working in Prudhoe Bay oilfield, setting steel, tilt ups, building trades, heavy picks, drag lining and using multiple cranes to make various heavy picks.
  • Investigated more than 55 high-profile crane accidents.
  • 13 years experience as Crane Inspector, approved by the U.S. Department of Labor. C.F.R. Codes 1919

Special Projects

  • Initiated the program and instructed the advanced and intermediate crane classes for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 302 in Palmer, Alaska.
  • Heavily involved in a special project, helping the NCCER procure the NCCER Manual for the apprentice-ship training program for Tower Crane Operators.


  • Certified by Associated General Contractors to teach the Professional Crane Operators Program
  • Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) Member
  • OSHA Certified Outreach Trainer
  • OSHA Certified for Mine training
  • CDL Driver's License


  • Training Institute of Canada, Craning and Rigging course
  • Manitowoc Crane Manufacturer, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
  • FMC Corporation, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • P&H Crane Manufacturer, Conway, South Carolina
  • Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau, Orlando, Florida
  • 1972 - Anchorage Community College, Structural Steel Welding
  • 1960 - Anchorage West High School, graduate

Media: Articles and Appearances

  • Crane Equipment Guide article "Crane Inspector Sounds Off on Safety Issues Facing the Industry"
  • Crane Works Magazine, Sept/Oct 1999, "Landing an Offshore Job"
  • Contractors Hotline Magazine, November 2003, "For Your Consideration"
  • Contractor Tools and Supplies, March 2003 "No Two Lifts are Alike"
  • Crane Works Magazine, May-June 2004 "Time to Regulate Inspectors"
  • Crane Works Magazine, November-December 2004 "Don’t Let Technology Substitute For Thinking"
  • Crane Works Magazine, June 2005 "Crane Training Lacking in U.S"
  • MSNBC program "Heavy Metal-Big Rigs"
  • Crane Works Magazine, "Safe Advice, A Commitment to Accident Prevention"
  • Contractors Hot Line, August 3, 2007 "Waiting to see a Transformation"
  • Crane Works Magazine, November/December 2005 "Crane Repair, Replacement, and Accidents"
  • Modern Contractor Solutions, March 2008 "Tower Cranes Warrant Closer Look"