A recent article in Telecom and Utility Construction outlines the six best practices for setting up a knuckleboom crane. One of the tips is to ensure that the ground can hold the weight of the crane along with the weight of the load.
Knucklebooms typically have small outrigger floats which lead to higher ground bearing pressures. Higher ground bearing pressures increase the chance of excessive deflection, ground punch through and outrigger pad failure and the resulting risks to people, equipment and property.
To help protect yourself from these risks, DICA’s 10 Tips for a Successful Crane Setup is an excellent guide for knuckleboom users to familiarize themselves with prior consider their outrigger pad needs.
When it comes to selecting outrigger pads, our team of fitting specialists can quickly and effectively guide users in determining the outrigger pad material, thickness and area that can help prevent the negative outcomes mentioned above.
For more information, read the full Telecom and Utility Construction knuckleboom setup tips article, including conducting site surveys, checking for hazards, and doing safety and function tests.