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

Barth Offshore Crane Inspections

Unocal Monopd Platform

Unocal Mono Pod Platform

Tom Barth's experience as an offshore crane operator was the foundation of his offshore crane inspections and offshore crane operator training businesses. He worked on the Unocal Mono Pod Platform in Cook Inlet, in the Gulf of Alaska, offloading supply boats from the platform under adverse conditions, including 30-foot tides running at 13 mph. He also working on the George F. Ferris and J.C. Marthans platforms and on a variety of floating barges. Tom understands the unique stresses and conditions that affect performance and safety in an offshore environment.

Offshore platforms, constantly exposed to corrosive salt water and in close proximity to highly flammable liquids and gasses, require an increased level of scrutiny. Barth's offshore crane inspections include, but are not limited to:

  • Wire Ropes, Fittings and Connectors
  • Winch Drums, Brakes and Clutches
  • Hooks and Hook Blocks
  • Slew Drive Brakes and Clutches
  • Slew ring bearing and fasteners
  • Bed Structure
  • Pedestal Adapter, Booms and A Frame
  • Diesel Drives and Electric Motors
  • Pneumatic Systems
  • Power Transmission Systems
  • Hydraulics
  • Drive Compartments
  • Ingress and Egress
  • Safety Devices
  • Electrical
  • Boom Cages
  • Ancillary Lifting Equipments