Bernadette and Charles at Vertikal DaysBernadette and Charles at Vertikal Days

Spreader plate and crane mat specialist Outriggerpads has expanded its team.

Bernadette Rock has joined as Field Sales Executive, working to develop new business and support existing accounts. One of her first tasks was meeting with clients and potential customers at Vertikal Days, the UK’s largest trade show dedicated to cranes and access platforms.

“Vertikal Days was a great opportunity for me as a new starter with the company,” she said. “We took orders on the stand and are following up a large number of enquiries. It was also the best possible start in terms of meeting as many customers and potential customers as possible.”

Bernadette previously worked in industrial recruitment, in a B2B role. At Outriggerpads, she will report to Charles Grizzle, Business Development Manager. She is based out of headquarters in Telford, Shropshire, but will cover the whole of the UK and support international customers.

Charles said: “The expansion of the team reflects the growth of both our international customer base and our product range.

“Bernadette’s experience in industrial recruitment has given her a good working knowledge of our sector. More importantly, she is extremely proactive, focused and customer-oriented. She is already making a positive impact and is a great addition to our team.”

Outriggerpads is the UK’s leading supplier of high performance polyethylene spreader plates, outrigger pads and ground mats, with vertical load bearing capacities from 5 to 350 tonnes. These products are widely used by operators of cranes, powered access platforms and other mobile plant such as concrete pumps, as well as exhibition trailers. They spread the ground pressure of a machine’s stabilisers or outriggers on any terrain where load bearing capacity is an issue.

Its heavy duty UHMW polyethylene spreader plates and ground mats hold their shape under extreme vertical pressure and can adapt to the contours of the terrain. They are also a lighter weight than many equivalent pads made of metal or wood and are much less susceptible to water damage, corrosion and splintering.

Outriggerpads also sells the SMARTstore storage system