The Crane Lift Checklist must be filled out by
the crane crew supervisor or the crane test director
before the crane can proceed to any project or make
any crane lifts. After the Crane Lift Checklist is
completed, make sure you brief the operators and
riggers on specifics of the lift and travel conditions.
Crane Operators Daily Inspection
Before a crane is operated or transported, it
must be thoroughly inspected by the operator. The
operator uses the Crane Operators Daily Checklist
(ODCL) (fig. 3-3). The operator visually inspects and
checks each item prescribed on the checklist.
When the operator observes a deficiency of a
load-bearing or load-controlling part or safety device
(major deficiency) or an operating condition that
would cause the slightest loss of control or otherwise
render the crane unsafe, the operator must secure
the crane and notify the crane crew supervisor. The
crane crew supervisor informs the chain of command
of any crane problems.
The NAVFAC Form 11260/4 is additionally
used with the ODCL when dispatching the crane.
The ODCL is turned into the crane crew supervisor
at the end of each day or shift for review and signing.
As outlined in the NAVFAC P-307, the minimum
requirement for retaining the ODCLs is the ODCLs
for the previous month of operation and the ODCLs of
the current month of operation.
Wire Rope Inspection
Part of the ODCL inspection is the thorough
inspection of all wire rope before using a crane. All
running ropes in continuous service must be visually
inspected for crushing, kinks, corrosion or other
damage, broken wires, and proper lubrication (fig. 3-
4). Other areas to inspect are the following:
Figure 3-4.Common wire rope defects.