Engineers are critical to the planning process and are the coordinator of all lift specific information. Ultimately, they are responsible for the safe planning of a lift including getting the equipment to the job site, set-up location, clearance issues, rigging designs, ground analysis and crane outrigger and mat selection and design.
“What Engineers Do” written by NessCampbell, offers insights into some of the critical functions for which engineers are responsible. As highlighted in the article, creating stability under the crane is a critical function.
To do this you need to know and understand the outrigger reaction forces, the type and strength of the ground you are setting up on, and know how to select and use the correct outrigger pads, crane pads and crane mats for the job.
DICA’s SafetyTech, FiberTech Outrigger Pads and FiberMax Crane Pads product lines are engineered and manufactured to exacting standards. Using an engineered outrigger pad or crane pad eliminates many of the complexities associated with designing a matting system from non-engineered materials or solutions.