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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

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The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) this week released its first series of podcasts and fact sheets for the heavy vehicle supply chain as part of a national effort to boost safety for all road users.


According to Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Darren Chester, the new education material for the heavy vehicle supply chain showed that road safety goes well beyond truck drivers.


“Whether you perform the tasks of a packer, loader, unloader, loading manager or an executive of an organisation that performs these tasks, you have a responsibility for heavy vehicle safety,” he said.


“There have been cases where poor business practices, delays with loading or incorrectly packing goods has led to pressure on drivers and increased the risk of an incident.


“This new material will help make sure that all parties understand their responsibilities and how to go about preventing breaches of mass, dimension, loading, speed, restraint and fatigue laws.


“The six fact sheets and podcasts are steps towards ensuring all members of the supply chain recognise and fulfil their crucial role in heavy vehicle safety.”


The factsheets and podcasts cover common breaches of the law, the responsibilities of anyone who has influence in the supply chain, such as schedulers, packers, managers, providers and low-cost steps to make an operation safer.


NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said earlier this month more than 60 frontline heavy vehicle operators and key parties in the logistics supply chain met with the NHVR to test proposed standards for compliance with Chain of Responsibility laws.


“These education tools are an important part of NHVR’s Chain of Responsibility education program to be rolled out over the next 18 months,” Petroccitto said.


To access the new Chain of Responsibility fact sheets and podcasts please visit the NHVR website.

Article from; Prime Mover Magazine

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




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.




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.

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” »


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


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.

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.