New Rules on Mobile Cranes Aim to Curb Overloading and Accidents

A new crane standard no longer allows users to exceed the rated capacity, even for load tests, reports Engineering News Record. “The American national standard for mobile cranes, ASME B30.5-2014, brings major changes to the rules governing how crane users are to work within a lifting machine’s capacity range, or load chart, and offers new guidance for inspection, maintenance and testing procedures,” according to the ENR post. More cranes today are rented than owned, says ENR, and extra precautions must be taken to keep them in a safe state as they exchange hands.