Mobile crane in action

Whether you’re in the oil field, material handling or any industry that requires heavy lifting, it’s likely that you use a crane as a part of your process. The government dictates that cranes should be inspected at least once a year, making weld inspections a vital part of your business operations.

The government’s Standard CSA Z150-2011 states: “A structural inspection report shall be prepared containing details of what was inspected and by which method, the location of defects, if any, and the repair procedures and re-inspection of findings along with the opinion of the engineer that the crane is structurally sound when used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.” 

A professional weld inspection will certify the safety of your cranes, meaning higher quality equipment and a safer environment for your employees.

How is a crane inspection performed?

A professional weld inspection will find any defects in your company’s cranes, this includes both weld and structural defects. An inspection will find any weld defects such as missing welds, cracked welds, and other visual defects, as well as structural defects such as dents, twisted members and corrosion.

There are two main methods that professional weld inspectors use to find potential defects:

  1. Visual Inspection – A visual inspection, which should not be undervalued, involves the inspector walking around your equipment and using their eyes to find any current or potential issues. When this weld inspection is performed, it’s vital that the weld inspector has extensive background and experience in weld inspections on cranes. The inspector must have significant technical experience and knowledge of what potential structural issues could look like.
  2. Magnetic Particle Inspection – This inspection involves a magnet, known as a ‘yoke’, which enables an inspector to undertake a nondestructive examination of your crane equipment. This method helps weld inspectors to find fine cracks that can’t be seen visually, while also helping to confirm the issues that were seen visually.

What happens if a defect is found?

Once a defect is found the weld inspector will determine whether the issue is structural or non-structural, and as a result will evaluate the severity of the defect. This enables the inspector to either instruct your company on how to fix the crane, or instruct an engineer to provide a procedure that fixes the issue.

In the case of Sparta Engineering, we have a direct line to our very own team of experienced engineers who can visit the site and provide a procedure to repair any defects. The majority of inspection companies do not have a direct line to engineers, meaning we can get the job done quicker and ensure a higher quality repair.

Once our engineers provide a repair procedure, our weld inspector will once again inspect the equipment to ensure the repair is of the best possible quality.

It’s important not to cut corners when inspecting welds. Not only is it a legal requirement, but structurally sound equipment will improve the efficiency of your business operations and increase the safety of your staff.

  • Advantages of a high-quality weld inspection include:
  • Your equipment will last longer.
  • Your employees will be more confident in the knowledge that the equipment is safe and working.
  • You will improve workplace safety and reduce the risk of serious injury or even lost lives.
  • You will meet industry regulations and prove that you’ve done your due diligence as an employer.

Experience matters

In-depth knowledge and experience is crucial when it comes to crane inspections. With over 12 years in the industry, and weld inspectors who have been working in the sector even longer, Sparta Engineering’s inspectors have seen the many ways in which someone can damage a piece of equipment.

This means we know exactly what we are looking for, and when we find a defect we know exactly what it means. Because of our experience we see frequent and repeated issues, meaning we can resolve them quickly and to the highest standards.

Not only do our experienced inspectors know exactly what they’re looking for in a weld, but they also completely understand the CSA codes. Our inspectors, working alongside our experienced engineers, will ensure that you meet all current industry regulations for each piece of equipment they inspect.

Want to learn more about our inspection services? Contact us today.