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Evaluating Damaged Box Girder

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Are there specifications/references available to help determine if damage to a beam is acceptable or not? Specifically, we have a crane outrigger box girder with a dent on the side. The end users are questioning the need to pull the dent out as suggested by the crane supplier. 
Working at an industrial facility, other instances of damaged beams, columns, etc. do come up. Becoming better educated on means of evaluating these sort of things would be great as the conservative "it's no good" is always a hard sell.