November/December 2023 – Vol. 25, Issue 7
Outrigger pads and mats (PDF, 903 KB)
It has been almost 20 years since C&A began highlighting the number of serious incidents involving poor outrigger set up and all too frequent lack of ground protection for both cranes and aerial work platforms. Although the situation has improved we still see too many incidents arising from poor set up.
November/December 2022 – Vol. 24, Issue 7
Outrigger mats (PDF, 934.36 KB)
Data from the IPAF accident reporting data base shows that platforms that overturn typically result in the death or serious injury of the platform occupants. Many such incidents could or would have been avoided had the outrigger mats or tracking been specified and used. Unfortunately, the availability of concise, easily understood information regarding outrigger or wheel loadings/ ground bearing pressures is not as readily available as it might be. We take a look at the challenges when trying to correctly size mats.
November/December 2021 – Vol. 23, Issue 7
Outrigger mats & ground protection (PDF, 869.71 KB)
With the use of outrigger mats and spreader plates now the norm, we look at the latest developments, advice and recommendations on outrigger set-up as well as the growing adoption of automatic variable outriggers and custom load charts/working envelopes, plus a few applications and case studies.
October 2020 – Vol. 22, Issue 7
Outrigger mats (PDF, 751.32 KB)
In our 15th annual look at outrigger mats, spreader plates and proper outrigger set up, we focus on the importance of spreading outrigger and wheel point loadings, how serious ground related incidents continue to occur, and the importance of understanding how loads are spread on harder ground.
October 2019 – Vol. 21, Issue 7
Outrigger mats (PDF, 686.21 KB)
The use of outrigger and crawler crane mats and spreader plates has increased exponentially particularly in Europe so why are we still seeing so many ground related overturns that could so easily have been avoided? C&A investigates.