November 12 - DICA Outrigger Pads has introduced its ZeroLift Pad Rack, which eliminates the need for crane operators to manually lift and carry outrigger pads.

ZeroLift Pad Rack has a carrying capacity of 1,000 lbs (0.45 tonnes) and is adjustable to fit pad sizes up to 48 in (1.21 m) x 60 in (1.52 m). The Pad Rack installs on either the front or rear of rough-terrain cranes, and a single hitch point allows the accessory to fold up and out of the way when not in use.

When mounted properly, DICA says that the ZeroLift Pad Rack has minimal impact on crane ground clearance, and at only 60 lbs (0.02 tonnes), the rack does not affect crane load charts. 

Crane operators often haul outrigger pads on and off the fenders and decks of rough-terrain cranes while on the job site, leading to unintentional damage of the crane, says DICA. In addition, lifting outrigger pads in this manner exposes operators to potential back, foot and hand injuries, as rough-terrain crane fenders and decks are typically more than 5 ft (1.5 m) off the ground.

"The ZeroLift Pad Rack provides a reliable and convenient method to store outrigger pads. It can virtually eliminate lifting injuries because outrigger pads are stored at an easy-to-access height where they can be slid instead of lifted," said ceo of DICA, Kris Koberg

DICA offers over 50 models of engineered outrigger pads that help employers with proper crane setup, many of which can be transported with the new ZeroLift Pad Rack.