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.

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Accident Investigation
Accident Reconstruction
Expert Testimony
Crane Inspections
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Crane Inspection Criteria Samples

Crane Hook Inspection

Hooks should be examined to see if they are cracked or distorted beyond allowable tolerances. Accurate measurement should be taken for throat opening & tram the hook for accurate measurement in the future. In doing so, movement in the hook can be caught before an accident occurs. Safety latch should be in working order. Heavy painting on the hook and cheek plates will hide small cracks.

Crane Hook Inspection

Accurate measurement of wire rope is a B30.5 requirement. Special care should be taken when checking the wire rope on the equalizer sheave that it does not move and that it picks every load without the cable moving.

Crane Hook Inspection

Load blocks and whip ball line should be sufficient weight to overhaul the line from the highest hook position for all links of the boom. All hook and ball assemblies and load blocks shall be labeled with their rated capacity and weight.

Crane Hook Inspection

Outrigger beams should be marked to indicate when they are fully extended or mid-extended with warning decals. The outrigger housing and beams should be checked for cracks and distortion.

Crane Hook Inspection

All hydraulic hoses, fittings, swivels and tubing should be checked for fluid leakage. Hoses should be checked for evidence of any rubbing and wear areas.

Crane Hook Inspection

Anti-skid should be on all principle walkways.

Crane Hook Inspection

Manufacturer's operating and maintenance manuals shall be with the machine. A durable load rating chart for the specific model and serial number of the crane shall be accessible to the operator at his or her operating or work station. All limitations, warnings, specifications and safety data should be displayed.