Load testing and inspection of overhead cranes is required by many safety regulations, national
consensus standards and manufacturers. It is the purpose of the annual condition inspection to
ensure that the overall structural condition and are functioning properly according to the
original equipment manufacturer’s specifications.
The purpose of the load test is to ensure by actual overloading, that the equipment is capable of
safely lifting and moving the rated load through all designed motions. The inspection and load
test do not take into account the duty factor of the equipment. The frequency of performing a
load test can vary depending on regulatory jurisdiction.