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Membrey's Crane and Transport Hire

Your one stop shop for Crane Hire and Transport

We're the specialists in complicated Cranage and Transport with over 54 years' experience and an extensive range of equipment. We will go the extra mile to get the job done!

  • call03 9554 4040

Craig's Blog - What's happening at Membreys?

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Staying healthy and safe at work is important. No matter what your job, it is important to reduce your risks of injury and illness at work.

 

Here are some tips to help make your workplace safe;

  1. Understand the risks. Once you know the particular hazards of your job or workplace, you can take steps to reduce your risk of work-related injury or illness.
  2. Reduce workplace stress. Common causes include long hours, heavy workload, job insecurity and conflicts with coworkers or bosses. Stress can lead to depression, sleeping difficulties and problems with concentration.
  3. Take regular breaks. Staying fresh and alert will help you avoid injury or burnout. Schedule the most difficult tasks of each day for times when your concentration is best, such as first thing in the morning.
  4. Avoid stooping or twisting. Use ergonomically designed furniture and equipment, and rearrange your work area so that everything you need is within easy reach.
  5. Use mechanical aids whenever possible. Instead of trying to lift or carry a heavy object, use a wheelbarrow, conveyor belt, crane or forklift.
  6. Protect your back. If you do need to pick up and carry heavy loads, keep the load close to your body and lift with your thigh muscles.
  7. Wear protective equipment to suit the task. If worn correctly, gear such as earplugs, earmuffs, hard hat, safety goggles, gloves or full-face mask can dramatically reduce your risk of injury.
  8. Stay sober. Alcohol and drugs are a contributing factor in around three per cent of workplace fatalities.
  9. Talk over any concerns. Your employer or human resources manager need to be informed about hazards and risks. Your employer is legally obliged to ensure a safe working environment.
  10. Know your rights. Organisations such as WorkSafe Victoria or unions can offer information and advice on workplace safety issues.

 

Health & Safety is paramount at Membrey’s and it should be at your workplace too.

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The primary aim of a warehouse traffic management plan should be to mitigate risk as far as possible. As so many of these operations now run twenty-four hours per day, organisation is key to keeping workers safe and turnover high. At Membrey’s, we are committed to safe and secure haulage and we want to help your warehouse to function smoothly too.

Continue reading “3 Essential Components for Your Traffic Management Plan” »

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Membrey’s will be taking part in a number of the Level Crossing Removals throughout Melbourne – having already completed the Ormond, Bentleigh and Centre Rds.
The next project we have our eyes on is the concrete segments for the following project;
The Major construction to remove the nine level crossings between Dandenong and the City is about to begin.

 

From early August, two ‘gantry cranes’ weighing 230 tonnes will be installed near Murrumbeena Station in readiness for an advanced engineering feat never seen before in Victoria.

 

The huge gantry cranes — 40 metres wide and 150 metres long — will be used to install 2,500 locally-manufactured segments of the new elevated rail while trains are running below.

 

 

This methodology significantly reduces the impact on passengers and nearby residents during construction.

 

This video shows the steps the project will take to complete the railways – and Membrey’s will help “Make it Happen!”

 

 

New CraneOur new Terex AC40-2L mobile crane has arrived at Membrey’s this week and it hit the ground running.

As soon as it was unloaded, we got it organised and it went straight out onto the job – even before the stickers were put on.

 

These cranes are a newer model from Terex and are just as versatile than previous versions highlights include;

 

Longest main boom in its category with 37.4m and a maximum tip height of 47m
Fully hydraulic boom system provides shortest telescopic times and high load telescoping capacities
State-of-the-art engine technology type OM 906 LA
Spacious and comfortable cab with sliding door and large hinged windscreen (superstructure)
2-seat carrier cab with air-conditioning

You can see this cranes lifting chart; AC 402L Terex Crane Info

Keep at eye out on the road for our new addition at Membrey’s Transport & Crane hire

 

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The construction crane is one of the most recognisable pieces of lifting machinery in existence. It is extremely powerful, usually very large, and capable of moving incredible weights, at relatively fast speeds. For Membrey’s, however, it represents more than just a piece of machinery. It is a reliable and ever faithful workhorse; a tool that has been with our societies for thousands of years.

 

The first cranes can be credited to the ancient Greeks, who introduced simple lifting machines as a way to transport large stones and build temples. Fundamentally, they haven’t changed all that much. The major difference is that we now have computer technologies to calculate safe lifting paths and make construction work less risky.

 

Crucially, biggest doesn’t always mean strongest these days. There are all kinds of factors that determine how powerful a crane can be. The most important is its purpose because these machines are built to lift everything from concrete blocks to entire ships. Nevertheless, you can reasonably assume that where you find a big crane, you’re also likely to find some serious heft and muscle.
So, we’re going to take a closer look at some of the largest cranes to be found anywhere on the planet. Happy lifting, folks!

 

The Liebherr Mobile Crane

 

The rather remarkable Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1 was built by German manufacturer Liebherr Group. It is one of the most powerful mobile cranes in existence; potentially, the single most powerful machine anywhere in the world. It has a lifting capacity of 1200 metric tonnes, which is equivalent to around 700 cars.
The Liebherr also has the longest telescopic boom in the world, because it expands to one hundred meters in length. While it is definitely an impressive piece of kit, even a machine this tough can’t compete with the biggest, baddest stationary cranes. We can’t wait to introduce you to the beastly Netherlands crane that blows this one out of the water.

 

The SSCV Thialf

 

The largest crane vessel on the planet is the Thialf, which is stationed in Rotterdam. Just as its name suggests, it is a mobile machine, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, it is so vast that it moves while secured to a whole shipping vessel. In fact, the Thialf contains two individual cranes, with a maximum lifting load of 14,200 metric tonnes. It also houses hundreds of onsite workers.
This mammoth crane travels via the fjords, in the Netherlands, and it was used to install the Erasmus Bridge. But, even this isn’t the machine with the heaviest lifting load in the world. There are some spectacularly large gantry cranes that are used to move cargo ships both in and out of the water at some of the busiest international docks.

 

Taisun Gantry Crane

 

The rather aptly named ‘Taisun’ crane is one such machine. It can lift up to 20,000 metric tonnes and even has the official lifting record in the Guess Book of World Records. The Taisun can be found in Shandong Province, in China. This is one seriously hefty piece of kit and it is bound to get lifting enthusiasts sighing with envy.
Then again, as discussed, there are all kinds of things that determine how strong or powerful a crane happens to be. Gantry cranes tend to be some of the most impressive, but this is because they are built to take strength from a straddled object or workspace. This gives them exceptional lifting capacities and puts them right at the top of the tree.

 

Biggest Doesn’t Always Equal Strongest, But It’s a Safe Bet

 

Ultimately, the biggest, tallest cranes don’t necessarily make the best lifters, but there is a definite correlation between the two factors. If you want to build a machine that can move trucks and entire ships, it needs to have a broad, squat foundation. And, this lends itself well to pure muscle. However, thanks to things like mobile cranes and crane trucks, even these monster machines can now be easily transported from worksite to worksite.

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As an industry, Australia’s commercial construction companies have mostly existed in a state of constant market flux, with factors like capital expenditure dictating the availability of consistent projects since the dawn of the industrial revolution.

Even in times as recent as 2015, a slow decline from the mining boom left many companies without a foreseeably sustainable future while others manage to thrive in this frugal financial environment.

How to Move Forward

While these dips in the market has made it difficult for many fledgeling new companies to gain their footing in an increasingly competitive market, this natural selection of the business world has allowed efficient, more customer focussed companies to survive throughout the decades, cementing themselves as the gold standard of their field and raising the overall bar for quality.

While not unaffected by these periods of turbulence, strong contenders such as Membrey’s have remained prosperous by keeping the confidence of their consumer base, while also updating their brand and technology with the times and not settling for mediocrity or falling back on old habits.

Where Do I Start?

While that line of thought may bring into question how a competitor can enter the proverbial ring in 2016, it inevitably relates back to the current market conditions and their effect on healthy competition between companies.

At times when capital expenditure is high and there are more projects to be filled, you will see smaller companies rise from relative obscurity to reap the rewards of construction overflow that larger companies just can’t fill. This is a very important time for a new company, as their conduct and customer satisfaction during these early stages may be their only chance to make connections and give a positive impression to those who may consider them for future projects.

For better or worse, market conditions control the environment in which commercial construction exists, and while conditions may not always have the ability to rise, a dip in productivity can have positive results for the consumer over the long term. Despite the construction industry not being at its peak now, it never takes long to be back on top.

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Australia’s economic growth and development has been largely dependent upon the construction industry being (and staying) strong. It is fascinating to try and understand the way in which the construction industry works and to apply certain analyses to better understand how the construction industry functions. A major way in which it is possible to analyse the construction data is to look at the machinery used. As an example, crane indexes are a way for us to look at the scale and location of projects. It’s interesting to note, for example, that of the cranes in Melbourne, 85% of the cranes are being put to use in residential developments – including student accommodation.

Crane use is growing

There has been a boom in the number of tower cranes being used in Melbourne’s commercial construction industry since October 2015. This is indicative of the growth that exists in the overall construction industry – particularly in Melbourne, but it also points towards a growing number of smaller tower cranes which have been produced specifically to target this growing sector. Much of the growth that is occurring in Melbourne is based around areas like Doncaster, Box Hill and Whitehorse – with the northside getting a look in as well; Brunswick East is flourishing as a suburb of interest and construction is pushing ahead to keep up with demand for residencies.  

You can’t stop progress

The use of tower cranes is increasing, and two of the most recent development projects include projects at Fisherman’s Bend and Footscray’s Joseph Road Precinct. The way in which cranes have played a role in enhancing and furthering the construction industry is huge, and it must be said that advances in technology and safety have really helped to bring cranes into the forefront. The importance of crane safety is tantamount to the success, and there have been a number of innovations which have made cranes and the construction industry safer. Let’s take a look at a couple.

 

  1. Better technology = safer sites. Where once you had to measure distances with a tape measure, you can now use station instruments to accurately measure practically anything.
  2. Advances in technology = less people. There used to be around 1,500 people on a worksite during the 1940s, but now you’ll be lucky to find 150 people thanks to technology and labour saving devices.
  3. Praise be to OSHA. While the construction industry is still potentially dangerous, the enforcement of rules and regulations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have made things a lot safer.

Technology and safety are hugely important on building sites nowadays. Contact us today to find out about how we can work with you on your next project. 

International Truck, Trailer & Equipment Show (ITTES)

Membrey’s are supporting the show by having our infamous ‘Rowan’Truck there for the duration, this show is a must see for any Truck enthusiast.

The show is over three big days 5,6 & 7th May 2016 at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

 

Please note the Public Day is 7th May.

 

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For tickets and further information; http://trucktrailershow.com.au/

 

Excerpt from the ITTES Site;

 

Redefining what a truck show should be”

With every show, ITTES has moved from strength to strength, due in large part to the support of the industry. Since its inception, ITTES has grown to attract in excess of 35,000 attendees and has previously featured more than 400 exhibitors. With the inclusion of Roads and Civil Works Expo and Waste Management in Action, 2016 has organisers focused on attracting in excess of 500 + exhibitors and attracting more than 40,000 visitors – no other truck industry show comes close in size or scope.
ITTES now takes the next step in the evolution of the show to introduce two new shows, one for the waste industry and one for the roads and civil works industry.
The inclusion of a Careers Pavilion demonstrates the importance the industry places on the future succession planning required to ensure the vitality and growth of the industry.
The show will also feature a range of new ‘live action’ marketing and showcase opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors, including a test track and safety demonstration arenas.”

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Cranes are a hugely helpful tool in project development. As with any heavy machinery, however, there are associated risks with owning and operating a crane. As a crane operator, it’s vital you take the appropriate steps to minimise risk and maximise you and your staff’s safety. In the decade between 2003 and 2013, 44 deaths were caused by crane-related accidents, according to Safework Australia. In order to educate the public and ensure these sorts of accidents don’t happen as often, we’ve compiled the 5 biggest dangers that are faced when operating cranes.

 

Structural failure

 

The structural failure of a crane can be attributed to gradual deterioration due to poor maintenance. Often, this happens when the crane is overloaded in the structural area of its load chart. There are ways to combat this, however. Firstly, the crane operator should confirm that the market load mass is correct, and be sure not to try and lift a load that is too heavy. Secondly, the operator should confirm that the correct counterweight is mounted correctly. Lastly, a surefire way to prevent structural failure of a crane is to conduct routine inspections and keep up maintenance.

 

Crane collapse

 

Due to things like high winds, insufficient counterweights or inadequate set up because of poor ground conditions, cranes can sometimes overturn or even collapse. Again, this is when the crane is overloaded in the structural area of its load chart. To combat this danger, it’s important to assess the environmental conditions during the planning phase. As well as this, operators should always use outriggers on cranes to increase stability. Finally, it’s also crucial to compare the ground bearing capacity with the maximum pressure the crane will apply to the ground during the lift.

 

Collision

 

If there is insufficient clearance between a mobile crane and pedestrian traffic routes or other buildings, cranes can sometimes collide or make contact with people or structures. Keep wary of overhead electric lines and other cranes in order to prevent a dangerous collision from occurring. A good way to do this is to create an exclusion zone around the work area to stop people from entering the work zone.

 

Falling objects

 

If there is insufficient clearance, cranes can lose control of their load and the objects will fall. Creating an exclusion zone around the work area to cordon off dangerous zones, as well as scheduling the crane installation and commissioning during off-peak periods can help to reduce this risk. 

 

Risk management

 

So you can minimise the risk of these hazards that have been identified, you must discuss a few key factors with the crane operator. It’s key to establish for what purpose the crane will be used, as well as assessing the work conditions such as the ground, weather and obstacles which may pose a problem. It’s also important to discuss the weights and loads that are going to be used, as well as the number and frequency of lifts, the type of lifting required, and the height at which loads will be suspended.

 

Accidents caused from cranes happen all too often, with 9% of total worker fatalities between 2003 and 2013 being attributed to falling objects. However, these risks and dangers can be avoided. It is in each crane operator and owners duty of care to prevent risks or hazards that could contribute to crane-related accidents and increase the importance of crane safety.

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Cranes can be extremely useful and versatile machines. However, there are quite serious dangers and risks associated with hiring and operating a crane. When hiring a crane, you’re choosing a company that is going to be the backbone of your project. Therefore, it’s absolutely essential that you choose the company and crane that is right for you. We’ve compiled our top four things to look out for to ensure you choose a reputable crane hire company.

 

Experience

 

Ensuring the crane hire company you choose are experienced professionals is key to minimising the risks of your project. It also helps to have a company that has a wide range of experience, with the history of working on a variation of projects. Knowing that the crane hire services you are hiring have dealt with a wide breadth of situations before will make the whole process a lot easier.

 

Safety

 

As with any heavy machinery, crane safety is paramount. Just as important as experience, the safety of the company you choose is a fundamental element for a successful job. Consider the crane’s construction, the safety record of the person who is going to be operating the crane as well as the maintenance record of the crane that you’re going to be hiring. A reputable crane hire company will be able to provide you with an experienced technical operator for the particular type of crane you’ve hired.

 

Equipment

 

There are many types of cranes that you will be able to choose from when hiring for your project. Examples of cranes available for hire include mini cranes, mobile cranes and tower cranes. A reputable crane hire company will be able to recommend the most suitable machinery for your project.

 

Price

 

A good company will be able to provide you with a good quality crane for an affordable price. However, price should always come after safety and experience – because if you compromise on price and choose affordability over safety, the consequences could be very costly. As an insurance policy, you should always get the quote in advance so that you know what to expect, and what you should budget for. A reputable company will be able to provide you with a quote.
With any building project, there are always things that could potentially go wrong. When it comes to cranes, there is a particularly high-risk factor, and knowing that your building site is in safe hands is going to make the construction process a lot less stressful for you and your team. Maximise your safety and minimise the risk by taking heed of these four important factors that make a reputable crane hire company.