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Cranes & Derricks

On Site Inspection Applications

REF: C27-1057 AND SECTION 8 OF R.S. 19.2

SCOPE: An on site inspection application (Crane Notice) is to be filed with and approved by the Cranes & Derricks Division prior to the use of any crane, derrick or mastclimber work platform for hoisting and/or rigging purposes, or for construction, alteration, demolition, excavation and maintenance purposes, or for the installation of piles; or for the hoisting or lowering of any article on the outside of any building or structure, with the following exemptions:

  1. Cranes or derricks used in industrial or commercial plants or yards and floating cranes, floating derricks and cranes and derricks used on floating equipment (RS19-21.1).

  2. Derricks with maximum capacity of one ton or less, and mobile cranes with rated capacity of three (3) tons or less with maximum boom length less than fifty (50) feet. RS19-21.1.3, 27-1057.4).

  3. The hoisting or lowering or any article on the outside of a completed building under the contract and direction of a Licensed Master or Special Rigger or Sign Hanger.

    Note: If the License Rigger/Sign Hanger uses a crane with combined tower/boom/jib length exceeding 250 feet, or use a derrick, then the equipment must be inspected by a Cranes and Derricks Inspector on site. In addition, the equipment set up must first obtain engineering approval from Cranes & Derricks. (See Master Rigger Note).

  4. A crane with less than 160 feet combined boom/jib length to be used for a period not exceeding 48 hours, and operated entirely within the property line and in such location which are at least one boom/jib length away from all lot lines. (RS19-2 8.1.3.1).

  5. Service cranes and clamshells with boom length 110 feet or less operated entirely within the property lines and within such locations which do not involve the moving of any load over the roadway or sidewalk. (RS19-2 8.l.3.2)

    Note: (for 4 or 5 above) notice of operation of the crane at the job site shall be given to the Division of Cranes and Derricks, Department of Buildings, by telephone and confirmed in writing. An experienced person should be appointed to be responsible for the proper founding and operation of the crane.*(5)

  6. Pile drivers or clamshells used entirely within the property lot lines and founded so that the pressure on the soil does not exceed 2500 pounds per square foot. (RS-19-2 8.3).

    Note: An amendment is to be filed by an Engineer or Architect certifying that on the basis of the borings, filed with the department under which the work is being performed, that the soil is adequate to support the load imposed by the subject machine.

  7. Cranes, derricks or other hoisting equipment used in the construction, alteration, demolition, excavation and maintenance of premises under the jurisdiction of:

  1. Federal Government

  2. State Government

  3. New York State Dormitory Authority, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Port Authority, and Urban Development Corporation (UDC).

(Remarks:) In some cases the above government or agency may decide to comply with the NYC Building Code; or seeks the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.); or may wish to give Buildings Department jurisdiction over their project. If a written request is submitted by the proper authority to Cranes & Derricks Division giving us the jurisdiction, then the use of all cranes and derricks on that job must comply with proper on-site Inspection requirements.

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