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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!

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Melbourne is set to take over Sydney as the most populous city in Australia.

The 2016 census, released by Australian Bureau of Statistics, found Australia’s population has grown by 8.8 per cent to 24.4 million people since the last time it was measured in 2011.

 

With Melbourne recently taking home “World’s Most Liveable City” for the seventh year in a row, it is no surprise that the majority of new arrivals are flocking to the coffee, the culture and the general cool atmosphere of Melbourne.  

 

Fast growth in an urban setting comes with a lot of opportunity alongside a need for infrastructure improvements to accommodate.  The city of Melbourne is well aware of the needs associated with current and projected growth, and have responded with a large-scale, innovative upgrade of the heavily relied upon Monash Freeway.  Read on to learn more about the upgrade, who is doing the work, and how it will benefit you.

 

Who is in charge of the upgrades?

 

Recognising the immediate need for an upgrade, the Victorian Government and Transurban have partnered up to plan and fund the improvements. At Membrey’s, we are thrilled to be working alongside the Victorian Government to ensure a better transit system for Melbourne residents, both now and in the future.

 

Where will the upgrades take place?

 

The upgrades will take place on a 30km stretch from Chadstone to Pakenham.

This area, also known as the M1 corridor, is critical to a huge number of Melbournians.  This stretch of freeway is where over half of the Melbourne workforce is employed, where over three-quarters of Melbourne students study, and where one-third of Melbournians live.

 

Over 200,000 motorists use this stretch of freeway daily, with numbers expected to increase.  In the past 10 years, the number of cars using the stretch has increased by 50 percent and the freeway has been at capacity during peak periods since 2010.  

 

What will the upgrades include?

 

The benefits of this upgrade will come with the usual headaches of road construction.  However, these will be minimised with efficient and quality traffic management solutions.

 

Below are the major improvements motorists will enjoy from the upgrade:

  • Additional lanes
  • New ramp signals
  • New barriers
  • Noise wall replacements and upgrades
  • Improved lighting and drainage
  • Widened bridges at eight locations

 

In addition, the following technological improvements will take place:

  • New and upgraded ramp technology
  • New and upgraded data stations which gather real time traffic data to feed into the freeway management system

 

How will the upgrades impact me and other motorists?

 

A lot of data collection and research has gone into the what and how of these upgrades.  Once completed, motorists will enjoy the following benefits:

 

  • 20% reduction in road collisions
  • Reduced travel times
  • Room for an additional 2000 cars in peak hours
  • Room for 50% more vehicles on Hallan Pass

 

For you environmentalists out there, fear not!  We have a comprehensive environmental policy to ensure motorists enjoy these upgrades without compromising the environment.

 

The Monash Freeway upgrade project began in September 2016 and is set for completion in 2018.  The short term strains of construction on the freeway will result in long term gains of a faster, safer and more reliable journey on a previously congested stretch of freeway.

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If you have questions about any aspect of the implementation of this project, don’t hesitate to contact us for answers.  In the meantime, start planning what you will do with the extra time you will gain once your commute time decreases with this new freeway!


The 200t Liebherr crane was out working last week on a new bridge installation, a job like this requires careful planning – as you need to consider multiple factors including but not limited to, weather, weight and dimensions, OHS issues, overhead wires, traffic limitations, permits and you need to consider others.


The Little Molap St bridge was installed smoothly and ahead of schedule. Nothing beats a well executed job.


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Are you a avid collector of die cast models?

Membrey’s have a trailer included with the brand new ‘Fleet Series’ to be released by The Drake Shop later this year.

Along with the platform trailer and dolly you will get a hand signed certificate signed by Craig Membrey.

Perfect for any collection.

You can pre-order yours at The Drake Shop

Make It Happen!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

The team at Membrey’s would like to wish all our customers, suppliers and partners a Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

 

This year was a big year for our team working on numerous tenders and projects for civil and construction.

 

We look forward to a prosperous 2017


CLF7 Locomotives made their last journey last week to the scrap metal pile, these trains had served well in their time.

 

An enthusiast made a great video of the move, see below

 

 

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The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 2016 was last weekend, boy what a event! Together with Beyond blue, DNA Racing and the Driver Max Twigg – we had a Porsche compete in the Carrera Cup.

 

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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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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!”

 

 


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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.