Are crane outrigger pads required?
Posted in Worksite Safety. An outrigger pad is a safety tool that can be used with any equipment that has outriggers, down jacks or stabilizers. It is a must for stability when a piece of equipment – such as a crane – lifts loads or personnel aloft.
What do outriggers on a crane do?
When you operate a crane truck, you also operate hydraulic or manual outriggers. Outriggers keep your truck stable during any kind of lift by extending outward and making contact with the ground several feet away from the truck. This provides a solid, stable base by distributing the crane’s load over a larger area.
What is outrigger pad?
An outrigger pad is a thick piece of material used under the outrigger on heavy equipment to assist in stabilization and prevent destruction of the surface on which the heavy equipment is operating; both are required by OSHA.
Does OSHA require outrigger pads?
According to OSHA, safety is always a requirement. OSHA 1926.1402 states that, in all instances in which a crane or other lifting equipment is used, the ground on which the equipment is placed must be firm, sufficiently drained, properly graded, and able to support blocking, cribbing, and outrigger pads.
When should pad and mats be used with outriggers?
1. ALWAYS USE OUTRIGGER PADS. Use outrigger pads on every job and every set-up in order to reduce highly concentrated pressures to levels that the ground can support.
What is the difference between stabilizers and outriggers?
Stabilisers and outriggers have many configurations depending on the application and are used to minimise the risk of toppling when the centre of gravity of the combined load and vehicle is outside the support base of the vehicle. Outriggers lift the vehicle’s wheels off the ground while stabilisers do not.
What are outrigger pads made of?
Industrial plastic outrigger pads, like the ones engineered here at Cope Plastics, are made from an extremely tough polymer called UHMW (ultra high molecular weight) polyethylene. There are several reasons why UHMW outrigger pads outperform those made of hardwood.
What are crane pads made of?
The crane outrigger pads are made of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP). This is a composite material made of a vinylester polymer that is reinforced with specially designed fiberglass.