We perform hundreds of equipment inspections per year ranging from digger derricks, knuckle trucks, drywall delivery booms, mobile cranes, overhead and tower cranes. We also do repairs and preventative maintenance and we are never asked from a client if we are qualified. Qualification is a term used by the crane industry and regulators as a person who has extensive knowledge, training and experience. Certification on the other hand is someone who has passed an exam whether its written or practical or a combination of both. A certified inspector does not make them qualified to inspect equipment. As the owner of a crane you should ask from your inspector to substantiate their experience by means of references and some sort of resume. People who have an extensive mechanical background make some of the best equipment auditors. The following pictures show violations of ASME B30.5, OSHA 1926.1400 and manufactures requirements.