Understanding how to properly assess the site and outrigger pad set-up is crucial to keeping your jobsite and crews safe.
Kris Koberg, CEO if DICA, and Billy Smith, Executive Vice President Claims & Risk Management for NBIS were recently interviewed for Construction Executive’s article, Outrigger Pad Basics to Help Crane Users Mitigate Risks.
“Crane operators rarely know what is below the surface. Some believe setting up on concrete or asphalt would be safe and you may not need outrigger pads. However, it is recommended to always use outrigger pads under crane floats to distribute ground pressure just in case there is an open cavity or unseen voids,” says Billy Smith EVP of Claims and Risk Management of NBIS.
DICA and NBIS suggest these basic tips: 1) Always use outrigger pads, 2) Avoid the void, 3) Inspect supporting materials, 4) Test the ground, and 5) Know your responsibilities.