Crane & Rigging

Crane & Rigging Safety

Crane incidents can cause devastating results in terms of production, property damage, and loss of human life.  In addition, crane-related incidents tend to be high profile events that receive a lot of publicity as indicated by the following recent news headlines:

Crane Topples Down in FL, Workers Flee” – Associated Press (April 5, 2018)

Austin construction workers run for their lives as massive crane collapses” – KSAT12, ABC News (January 10, 2018)

“Jakarta alarmed by another collapse in a series of crane accidents; 4 dead, 5 injured” – The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network (February 5, 2018)

“2 killed after crane topples over at industrial facility in Galveston” – (September 20, 2017)

“Boom Truck Crane Topples Over in Dallas, Killing 51-Year-Old Man” – NBC 5, DFW (April 24, 2017)

“Crane topples during construction at busy Galleria-area intersection” – ABC 13, KTRK (April 13, 2017)

“2 workers die when crane topples on dock in Texas” – Associated Press (September 21, 2017)

“Man injured in crane accident in Sabine Pass” – Beaumont Enterprise (April 23, 2018)

Crane and Rigging Training

On-site training will be provided by an experienced and qualified trainer.  The content is based on applicable OSHA and ASME standards and can be customized to meet your local and organizational requirements.

Crane and Rigging Program Evaluation

An independent review of your crane & rigging program includes:
  • Review and evaluation of the general condition of cranes and rigging at your location
  • Review of inspection records
  • Recommendations for compliance with applicable regulations (e.g., ASME B30 and P30 standards, ANSI standards, OSHA regulations, state and local regulations, etc.)
  • Review of personnel competency, qualifications, and certifications
  • Review of assignment of responsibilities
  • Written report of findings with regulatory references and recommendations for improvement and compliance


Crane mishaps are prevented by effective training, adequate lift planning, and a thorough inspection and maintenance program.

Incident Investigations and Expert Witness

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Every year, workers are injured or killed in crane and rigging accidents.  Crane incidents are commonly attributed to one of the following:  crane tip over or collapse, contact with overhead power lines, or personnel struck by the crane or load.  While training and the application of OSHA regulations, procedures, and policies are pivotal to prevention of work-related incidents and injuries, accidents still happen.  Incident investigations help determine how and why failures occur and can provide valuable lessons learned.

J.E. Spear Consulting, LP provides incident investigation services related to property damage and injuries at construction and general industry work sites.  We determine the proximate cause and underlying factors associated with the incident and provide expert testimony for litigation involving crane and rigging incidents.