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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Barth Crane Accident Investigation and Expert Witness Testimony

Barth Crane Consultants Accident Investigation, Reconstruction and Expert Witness Testimony

Barth investigated the 2008 Tower Crane collapse in New York City that killed four people.

Tom Barth has investigated crane accidents and provided critical feedback as an expert witness in more than 55 high-profile cases, including two 2008 Tower Crane collapses in New York City that resulted in fatalities and the collapse of one of the country's largest mobile cranes at a Houston oil refinery in July of that same year. After 38 years as a crane operator, inspector and instructor, Tom Barth is regarded as one of the country's most respected crane accident investigators. His company, Barth Crane Inspections, is accredited by the United States Department of Labor/OSHA under 29 CFR. Part 1919—one of only 118 companies to hold that accreditation.

Tom's experience as an operator includes tower cranes, crawler cranes, harbor cranes and on offshore platforms. He has operated Manitowoc Crawlers, barge-mounted Clyde cranes, P&H Crawlers, PECO and Liebherr tower cranes, and a variety of truck cranes all over the country, including work in some of the harshest environments. He worked on the Unocal Monopod platform in Cook Inlet, Alaska and on rigs in the Gulf of Alaska where difficult tides, wind and inclement weather are the norm.

Barth Crane Accident Investigations include:

  • Written depositions.
  • Analysis of existing depositions.
  • Photographs and video (where appropriate).
  • Accident reconstruction.
  • Review of OSHA and State municipalities reports regarding the accident.
  • Assistance in interviews of key individuals.

Barth Crane Inspections, LLC

You just rented a new tower crane for your project and the installers are on their way. When they are done, they hand you a one page document that “certifies” that the new crane they just assembled is ready to work. Are you sure about that? Do you think that the rental company and their installers are the most qualified persons to “certify” their own equipment? Wouldn’t you be better off with an accredited third party crane inspection?

Barth Crane Inspections, LLC. is an accredited inspection firm with Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We have decades of experience operating and inspecting all types of cranes. We deliver a 10- to 15-page custom report with photographic evidence and referencing ASME standards, so that you know for a certainty that your new crane is safe for your workers and the people often living, working, and commuting near your jobsite.

We have inspected hundreds of cranes since we started our business—everything from small mobile cranes to huge tower cranes from every major manufacturer. Call us today and talk to us about how we can help you create a safer, more efficient jobsite. You owe it to your business, your customer, your workers, and even your conscience to make sure that your equipment meets safety standards.