After the crane has been properly set-up, make a dry run before making the
first lift. Become familiar with all factors peculiar to the job site. Know what
moves to make BEFORE attaching the first load. Plan ahead.
Level the crane before any lift. Use the bubble level in the cab. If on
outriggers, level using the outrigger control. Make sure the tires are clear of
the ground before the lift. On rubber use steel plates or other suitable
cribbing under the tires to achieve maximum leveling.
On Soft surfaces use adequate cribbing or the oversize outrigger floats to
distribute weight over a greater area. Check frequently for settling.