Cranes are often a common site, dotting the backgrounds of cities, harbors, and downtowns throughout the world. A critical component of creating a solid, safe, and level foundation for a crane is an outrigger. An outrigger is the beam that extends from a crane’s bottom, which stabilizes the load on the ground.
Outriggers typically have a foot (or float) that will rest and distribute appropriately allocated weight onto pads. These pads help distribute the pressure of the load across a larger area on the ground.
Information on crane usage throughout North America is compiled biannually and according to the most recent data, Toronto, alone has a whopping 43% of the total cranes currently erected with 208 cranes throughout the city. Following closely are Washington, DC and Seattle with 45 and 43 respectively.