DICA Outrigger Pads

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DICA got its start by talking with and listening to the customer. Our founder, Dick Koberg, wasn’t even in the outrigger pad business, but as a representative for fiberglass utility bodies, he listened when a customer asked him, “Can you build me a better outrigger pad?” That’s the question…
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Simple Ways to Improve Outrigger Pad and Crane Mat Performance on Hard Ground

Operators often think of using outrigger pads when they are setting up cranes or other outrigger-enabled equipment on soft ground. But very hard ground presents its own challenges for sufficiently reducing the ground bearing pressure. Kris Koberg, CEO of DICA, recently addressed this issue in a Guest…

Construction Managers are Concerned about Crane Safety

Nearly half of safety and health professionals working in construction are concerned about hazards associated with cranes, hoists, and other material handling equipment. According to a recent survey of construction safety pros conducted for Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, 46 percent say working…

FiberMax Crane Pads Owner’s Manual now standard

August 15, 2017 (Guthrie Center, Iowa) To aid communication between lift directors, operators, and site safety personnel, DICA now issues model specific Owner’s Manuals with all FiberMax® Crane Pad orders. Each manual includes inspection and usage guidelines, technical specifications, and warranty…
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How much weight can a worker manually lift without injury?

According to a recent article published by Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, there’s not a straightforward answer to how much weight a person can safely lift. Historically, that number has been considered to be 51 pounds. However, in 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health…
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DICA will feature new and updated Outrigger Pad and Cribbing Products at ICUEE

August 4, 2017 (Guthrie Center, Iowa) DICA will introduce Cavity Pad Plus Outrigger Pads and show design updates to ProStack™ Interlocking Cribbing from Booth 3551 at the International Construction & Utility Equipment Expo (ICUEE), to be held Oct. 3-5 in Louisville, Ky. The Cavity Pad Plus…
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NIOSH Studies Relationship Between Lifting and Back Pain

In a recent study, designed to quantify stressors for lifting tasks, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), determined that there is a relationship between lifting and back pain. For the study, NIOSH scientists used a composite lifting index, which is the ratio of the load…

Utility Fleet Managers Seek Safety, Productivity in DICA Outrigger Pad Products

At the recent Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC), “Fleet managers were looking for new equipment that would help them improve safety and operational efficiencies, said Kerry Koberg, Strategic Accounts Manager. DICA has been invited to participate in EUFMC since 2014. This exclusive…
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DICA Joins Lift & Move in Chicago as Official Outrigger Pad Sponsor

DICA participated in the Lift & Move USA event hosted by Lifting Gear Hire in Chicago, Ill., May 3, 2017.  As the official outrigger pad sponsor, DICA provided a set of SafetyTech™ Super Duty DR48-3 outrigger pads under the outriggers of Imperial Crane’s 165-ton Grove GMK 5165-2 all-terrain…