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    #1

    puts and putting instead of take and taking

    Hello,

    In cases where the owner takes into operation a second-hand crane for which there is no information on earlier operation, the special assessment shall be made prior to taking the crane into use.

    The way I understand that sentence is:

    A) "In cases where the owner puts into operation a second-hand crane as for/regarding which there is no information on earlier operation, the special assessment shall be made prior to putting the crane into use."

    or

    B) "In cases where the owner puts into operation a second-hand crane regarding which it is not known whether or not the crane has worked before, the special assessment shall be made prior to commissioning the crane/beginning to use the crane."

    Do you agree?

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    "Taking the crane into use" and "takes into operation" should be interpreted as "putting the crane into use" and "puts into operation", respectively.

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    #2

    Re: puts and putting instead of take and taking

    If you have a used crane but no record of its previous operation you need to examine it before putting it to use.
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    #3

    Re: puts and putting instead of take and taking

    I think taking means accepting the legal responsibilities rather than switching the engine on.

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    #4

    Re: puts and putting instead of take and taking

    I assume this refers to the stationary type; not a portable tracked or wheeled crane. Best sentence construction depends a bit on whether the crane was erected at the time of sale or was sitting disassembled.

    If already erected at a jobsite by the previous owner and work is to continue, then:
    1. In cases where the owner takes over operation of a second-hand crane (second-hand a bit redundant) for which there is no information available on earlier operation, a special assessment shall be made prior to resuming use.

    If disassembled:
    2. In the case of a second-hand crane having no information on file of previous operation, a special assessment shall be made prior to the new owner putting it into use.

    Actually, my number 2 covers both situations (also portables). #1 was created to use more of the original words.

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