OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at https://www.osha.gov.

March 15, 2016

Mr. Bill Sautter
Certified Mobile Crane Inspector
KBM Inspection, LLC
2412 Michael Rd.
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

Dear Mr. Sautter:

Thank you for your inquiry of January 18, 2016, where you requested an interpretation of the "at least every 12 months" annual crane inspection requirement, as specified in 29 CFR 1926.1412(f)(1).

We have summarized your question as follows:

Question: Can you please inform me what OSHA's position is on the expiration date of annual crane inspections? For example, if the crane was inspected on January 18, 2016, would the annual inspection be required on or before January 18, 2017, or by January 31, 2017?

Answer: The annual inspection is based on the anniversary date and would be due on or before January 18, 2017, in your proposed question. In our September 10, 2015, Letter of Interpretation to Mr. Thomas Cady, CSP, we provided an example of the annual inspection requirements for cranes. This response can be viewed on the Internet at:
https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table =INTERPRETATIONS&p_id=30359.

Thank you for your interest in occupational safety and health. We hope you find this information helpful. OSHA's requirements are set by statute, standards, and regulations. Our letters of interpretation do not create new or additional requirements but rather explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances. From time to time, letters are affected when the Agency updates a standard, a legal decision impacts a standard, or changes in technology affect the interpretation. To ensure that you are using the correct information and guidance, please consult OSHA's website at www.osha.gov. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the Directorate of Construction at (202) 693-2020.



Dean McKenzie, Acting Director
Directorate of Construction