Crane Weight Scales – Do You Really Need Them?

When we teach knuckle boom crane safety training programs around Western Canada, there is a very common theme among all of the business owners and operators.  Over 90% of the owners tell us that they are “guessing” at the weights that they are picking up.  Meaning, ALL of the operators know that the Hiab or Palfinger or what-ever model they are operating, that as the crane reaches out, once it is over-loaded, it will simply stop.  I’m not sure about you, but do you think that is the best method to determine how heavy a load really is?  We can agree it’s not, so with that, we decided to bring in a cost-effective, portable crane weight scale or indicator that