How Old Can a Crane Be?

A crane’s age is based on the manufacture date. For your projects, only cranes that are less than 25 years old may be used. This goes into effect on January 1, 2019.

Exceptions to this rule:

In these cases, a crane that is already 25 years or older can be used for the duration of a project if:

  • It is already being used on a project by January 1st, 2019
  • It has not been used yet, but by January 1st, 2019, the application for its on-site inspection has been approved

If it is younger than 25 years since the manufacture date when the project starts, and it gets to be that age:

  • You can utilize the crane for the duration of the project OR until it reaches 28 years old—whichever comes first

If the crane is already 25 years old or older:

  • The commissioner can allow its lifespan to be elongated by five years
  • It will need to meet the manufacturer’s standards for use
  • If approved, the maximum age is 30 years from the manufacture date

Clamshell and pile driving cranes are not included in this legislation.

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