Frequently Asked Questions

What should you expect from your 3rd party inspection service?

Such an important question cannot be overstated. Your 3rd party inspector is instrumental in enhancing the safety of your workers and your equipment. 


Look at this service as having two important components: 


  1. The field inspector 
  2. The inspection company.  


Both are crucial in your business’s safety culture and liability. 


Expect your field inspector to:

  • Be capable of operating most types of equipment.
  • Have knowledge of the mechanical workings of the equipment
  • Carry appropriate credentials and training. 

Expect your inspection company to:


  • Have a secure and easily retrievable storage facility for your completed inspections.
  • Include staff members dedicated to the timely performance of your inspections.
  • Include a person who has experience in testifying in court cases involving crane, bucket truck, digger derrick, forklift etc. accidents.
  • Revise their inspection program at the same time that the safety standards get revised.
  • Have applicable credentials and awards.
  • Be active with multiple and reputable trade organizations.
  • Work closely with the various equipment manufacturers.
  • Have a reputable working relationship with OSHA.
  • Have a strong working knowledge of all the applicable consensus standards. 

Most importantly, your field inspector and your inspection company must operate in a morally and ethical manner.


With CATS, you can trust us to meet these expectations, PLUS know our service includes:

  • Incorporation of the findings of accident investigation subsequent trials built into our inspections to keep you covered!
  • A founder who serves on multiple applicable standards committees!
  • Cutting-edge technology for recordkeeping and inspection performance!
  • We have been in your corner for the last 20 years and counting! 

Our customers refuse to compromise. Why should you? 

I have an Articulating Boom Truck (wallboard truck). Does that need to be inspected by a licensed inspector?

Yes. Any form of articulating crane that can lift the weight that a typical wallboard truck can requires an annual inspection by a qualified inspector.

I have a forestry unit. The dealer says that there are no licensed inspectors that test them. Do I need to get it inspected at all?

Absolutely. Your bucket truck must meet ANSI A92.2 standards for an annual inspection. The inspection must be done by a “qualified person”. That person doesn’t necessarily need to be licensed. The “qualified person” condition, which is outlined by ANSI, concerns many bucket truck owners. We don’t know what a lawyer would do with the qualifications of a qualified person when there doesn’t seem to be an accepted format (license) for one. Many businesses use licensed crane inspectors for their annual inspections for two reasons:
1. They have a credible license.
2. They offer the benefits of a third party validation.

I am a small business with one 6 ton crane. I don’t do large commercial work and I don’t use the crane every day. Is there any exemption for me?

The standards that were written for cranes by ANSI, ASME and OSHA are very plain about inspections. There are no exceptions. As a business person, we are sure that your concerns for the safety of yourself and your employees are paramount in any aspect of your work. The crane is historically one of the tools that can be forgotten, safety-wise. It will do its job well – right up until the time it’s ready to cause an accident. In our experience most crane accidents were unexpected.

I just bought an insulated bucket truck and there are holes drilled into the bottom of the bucket. The salesman told me that it was OK. Is it?

No. You can’t have any holes in the bucket. It is an insulator… until it has holes in it.

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Our crane experts are available to answer any of your questions.