Make sure to see DICA’s 10 Tips for Successful Setup, featured in a new NBIS article.
According to a recent study, ground conditions are the third leading cause of operational accidents. Understanding and accounting for your ground conditions is key to avoiding operational accidents.
See below for the introduction to NBIS’s article or here for the full text.
Setting up a crane on stable ground is the most critical element in safe crane operations. According to OSHA, “ground conditions” means the ability of the ground to support the equipment (including slope, compaction, and firmness). “Supporting materials” means blocking, mats, cribbing, marsh buggies (in marshes/wetlands), or similar supporting materials or devices.
We’ve put together this post to gather and summarize best practices when it comes to ground stabilization, and best practices are best established by the true experts in the field. In addition to consulting the OSHA and ASME standards, we also consulted thought leadership from DICA USA, the makers of some of the most innovative outrigger pads in the world.
Thanks to DICA for the insight and helping us spread the word on proper crane setups via their extensive expertise.