Safety equipment: DICA’s SafetyTech® Outrigger Pads and ProStack® Cribbing provide utility fleet managers with solutions for stocking utility trucks with tools that improve equipment stability and ergonomic safety for operators. DICA will show new and updated products designed to simplify utility equipment setup at the Canadian Utility Fleet Forum, to be held April 30-May 2 in Toronto, Ontario.
SafetyTech Outrigger Pads are built using DICA’s proprietary engineered thermoplastic that is virtually unbreakable and is more rigid than look-a-like stabilizer pads. Available in Medium, Heavy, and Super Duty classes, there is a product for nearly every outrigger enabled piece of equipment, including aerial devices, digger derricks, and cranes. DICA will feature two popular SafetyTech models specifically designed for utility companies—4-sided Cavity Pad Plus Outrigger Pads and Hi-Viz Medium Duty Outrigger Pads.
“More easily identifiable Hi-Viz Outrigger Pads in yellow or orange are becoming a more common request from many safety departments,” said Kris Koberg, CEO.
Introduced last year, Cavity Pad Plus is designed for equipment such as digger derricks and aerials. It features a new 1” high footbrake with an inverted beveled edge that traps the outrigger foot to eliminate its chances of sliding off the outrigger pad surface.
Also on display for Canadian Utility Fleet Council members will be new ProStack® Interlocking Cribbing. ProStack interlocking cribbing locks together to provide additional height under outrigger floats to assist in creating a more level set-up. Both Medium and Heavy Duty ProStack Cribbing set-ups are made up of three basic parts; a base SafetyTech® Outrigger Pad, ProStack Cribbing Blocks and a high friction top Grip Pad. The base SafetyTech Outrigger Pad is manufactured with an interlocking pyramid surface that the cribbing blocks lock into. Operators then stack layers of ProStack Cribbing to the desired height. Lastly, a ProStack Grip Pad is placed on top of the stack to provide a high friction surface for the outrigger foot, and to protect the pyramid surface on the cribbing blocks.
“ProStack Cribbing performance is predictable and reliable unlike most other solutions commonly employed in the field. The engineered material is strong, impervious to environmental conditions, and all components are ergonomically designed to be user-friendly. By interlocking together, ProStack Cribbing creates a more secure set-up under the stabilizer or outrigger foot. This increases safety and stability in situations where the ground is not level,” said Koberg.
DICA, Guthrie Center, Iowa, has been specializing in building a better outrigger pad since 1988. By creating engineered solutions for improving equipment stability and ergonomic safety, DICA is leading the way in product innovation for outrigger pads, crane pads and ProStack® cribbing.
DICA outrigger pads and crane pads, including SafetyTech® and FiberMax®, are used in 40+ countries and on 6 continents around the world in construction, maintenance, electrical utility, oil and gas and tree care as well as local, state and federal government agencies.