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A deflection plate for protecting a load cell of a mobile dynamometer, includes a generally elongated member having a front surface, a back surface, a top surface, a bottom surface and two side surfaces. The front surface is at least partially tapered such that the front surface adjacent the top surface is thicker than the front surface adjacent the bottom surface. The taper of said front surface of the deflection plate is preferably dimensioned and configured such that the safety factor along substantially most of its length is at least about 1.1 and less than about 1.2. A method for employing strain gages identifies the magnitudes and locations of loads on slender beams using strain gage based methods with application to portable Army bridges.