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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.

Rowan Truck

“Rowan Truck”

For tickets and further information;

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.




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.


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.




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.




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.




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.




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.


Establish the crane’s useful purpose

Before you delve into the nitty gritty details of your project with your crane operator, you need to establish the main purpose for which the crane will be used. Is it a mini crane for a renovation on your home? Perhaps it’s a bigger job, and you need steel beams lifted to aid in the development of a large building or hotel. Whatever the purpose, make sure you communicate clearly and directly with

Assess the work conditions

It’s crucial to discuss the workplace conditions with your crane operator. These include the ground on which the crane will be set up. Does the environment location of the crane pose any risk or danger? For example, will the environment be rough, muddy, sloping or uneven? It’s also important to talk about the wind conditions, the relevant access roads, and ramps, as well as any other obstacles that may hinder operation. Crane safety is absolutely paramount, so it’s important that you and your crane operator satisfactorily assess the work conditions to minimise any potential threat or risk.

Discuss the weights and loads that are going to be used

The weights and dimensions of loads to be lifted are a key aspect of the job. Ensure you have a clear and detailed dialogue with your crane operator so you are both on the exact same page about this. As well as this, it’s vital that you touch on the location of the loads relative to the crane. It’s also a good idea to discuss the structure of the crane, mechanical power source, electrical and hydraulic systems, moving parts and load carrying capacity. Do any of these factors pose a risk to the crane’s operation?

Number and frequency of lifts

This might seem like an obvious one, but it’s absolutely essential that you discuss with your crane operator the number and frequency of lifts you are going to require. You should also talk about the possibility of loads going to be suspended for a long period of time, and how you’re going to deal with that situation should it arise unexpectedly.

Type of lifting required

Another key factor that you need to talk over with your crane operator is the type of lifting required, as well as the height at which loads will be lifted. It’s important to remember that components of the crane could suffer from structural failure at any moment without warning. This could be the jib, boom, hydraulic arms or wire arms. It could also be a result of overloading the crane, gradual deterioration or lack of maintenance.

It is in each crane operator and owner’s duty of care to prevent risks or hazards that could contribute to crane-related accidents. Avoid any dangers and liability risks by having an open discussion with your crane operator prior to the commencement of your project.

Revolutionary Supertilt Trailer Purpose Built For Accident Recovery & Heavy Loads

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Since we added the Drake Supertilt to our fleet in 2015, we’ve not looked back.

Featuring an extendable trailer, ramps for easy loading and unloading, and three 20,000lb winches to help with loading breakdowns and recoveries, the Supertilt has made our life a whole lot easier when transporting coaches, trucks and giant pink limos!


If you’ve got big rigs that need moving, here’s why we think our Supertilt service is custom made for your needs:

Carries Up To 40 Tonnes

Let’s just reiterate that – it carries up to 40 tonnes! That means it’s a match for even the biggest jobs we have to complete, carrying them no sweat.

It’s Fully Remote

Every single function of the trailer – from the winches and engaging the PTO to running the deck-widening functions – can be controlled from the remote by the truck driver.

Big Enough For Any Job

The Drake Supertilt extends out to 18 metres and the deck-widening trailer can carry machinery up to 3.2 metres wide – meaning it can carry anything from tour buses to forklifts.

It’s Versatile

The entire Supertilt was conceived as being the most versatile trailer on the market. With this in mind it caters for both long and extended oversize loads, recovery work, truck recovery, bus recovery and heavy haulage machinery. If you can think of it, we can do it.

Built Tough

The Supertilt can handle anything you throw at it – it has been purpose built to handle off-road terrain.

It’s Custom Built for Membrey’s

You’ll find the Supertilt in only one place –at Membrey’s we MAKE IT HAPPEN.

But enough words, why not see the impressive supertilt trailer in action for yourself:

4 Pieces Of Information Required For A Successful Crane Lift

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It looks simple – just lift, drop, and leave – but there’s so much more that goes into a safe and successful crane lift. Since 1962 we’ve been perfecting the art of crane lifts and know all the intricate details that need to be factored in – from external factors such as weather and ground conditions to rigging and the crane itself. Here are four factors key to the perfect crane lift:

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Height and Weight

Each job we take on is unique and requires a lot of intricate planning, we need to understand the weight and height of item and the reach required.. There are a lot of equations involved in planning a lift so we need to know as much as possible about the object we will be lifting.

Type of Crane

Many people think that one crane will do any job required but that’s not the case – we have to check the capacity of the crane, any limitations it may have, and if it has the ability to complete the lift required. Our most popular mobile crane, the Liebherr LTM 1060 has a maximum lifting capacity of 60 tonnes along with an extraordinary amount of mobility so it is often perfect for our most challenging lifts.


Our mobile cranes are wide and heavy, we need to make sure that a site is accessible and there will be enough space for the lift to take place. This also includes taking into consideration powerlines in the area which may cause an issue, and whether or not the ground on the site can provide a sturdy base for the lift. The area then needs to be made level, cleared, and barricaded to protect any onsite workers and public from the crane’s rotation.


Constant communication is one of the key principles in a crane lift. This begins with a pre-lift site inspection where we check everything over, and extends to during the lift itself where we are all in communication with one another to ensure safety and accuracy.

A crane lift, no matter how big or small, is an event in itself and can be fascinating to watch! The main focus is to complete the job safely and efficiently.

The Importance of Punctuality in Machinery Transport

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Every business works on a schedule – whether it’s a manufacturing or transport – and each business must meet certain goals within a given period.

For this reason, time in business is always of the essence and if the day to day running of a company is stalled by failure or lack of the required machinery then the knock-on effects can mount up.

Machinery Is Vital In Many Industries

The importance of machinery transport to any production or processing company cannot be underestimated. When one or more parts of a machine fails to be delivered where it is supposed to be then the manufacturing process can grind to a halt.

When the machinery is not delivered on time, the company can suffer a loss of money, the employees lose motivation, and there are inevitable delays to customers.

For this reason, finding someone reliable to transport new or replacement machinery is vital in minimising delay or breakdown of the processes within any industry.

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As machinery and output impacts on profit, production, safety, a delay in the arrival of a vital machine can be catastrophic. While some businesses can manage for a day or two without non-critical machinery, an hour without critical equipment can swiftly lead to disaster – for example, if the printing press for a newspaper producer breaks down and there is no a backup, they cannot print the news on time and therefore they will only lose profit but also a chunk of their readership.

Punctual machinery transport ensures that a business meets its goals, maintains their customer satisfaction, keeps the employees motivated, reduces the cost of production and ups the business’s revenue.

The success of any company depends on the efficiency of the employees and most importantly of the machines run by those employees. To this end, punctual machinery transport can impact a whole industry, which is one reason why Membrey’s are always on time and ensure safe delivery.

Staying Alert to the Signs of Road Rage

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Virtually every driver will have experienced anger on the road in some form or another, with congestion and busy lives being the prime reasons. According to a survey of 4,000 Australians conducted by Car Advice found an alarming 88 per cent claimed to have been a victim of road rage.

Being on the road as often as the team at Membrey’s are, it is important to recognise the signs of road rage in yourself as well as other drivers around you so you can avoid any dangerous situations which may arise.

Road Rage In Yourself

People may experience road rage for a variety of different reasons. Slow moving vehicles, being cut off or even something as simple as someone not being thanked for letting a driver pull in front can cause feelings of stress and anger. It is important that you recognise these feelings should they begin to rise while you are driving, and if you do then it helps to safely slow down or pull over if possible and take some deep breaths to calm down before it has a negative effect on your driving.

Road Rage In Others

A large part of good driving is awareness of how others are driving around you. While you may feel calm and relaxed behind the wheel it does not mean that every other driver is feeling the same way, so when other drivers around you are suffering with road rage and driving irresponsibly then it can have a knock on effect on your driving.

Again, if you are being made to feel uncomfortable or unsafe then you should stay calm and slow down or pull in when possible and allow the person to pass. This will keep you safe and out of any possibly dangerous situation.

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As the team at Membrey’s drive such large transportation equipment, we have to be especially observant of road safety, as well as the behaviour of other drivers, if we notice a driver is acting dangerous or angry we make every effort to avoid all potential unsafe situations.

At Membrey’s we transport to destinations safe and sound. Remember – you cannot control traffic, only your reaction to it.

Training A Truck Driver

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Driving a truck and transporting heavy or oversized loads takes special skills and training, but once qualified, becoming a truck driver can be an extremely rewarding job. It requires formal training via a Registered Training Organisation to obtain a valid licence and then most importantly on-road experience to improve your skills.


For any truck driver wanting to transport oversized loads they will first need the correct licence and qualifications. These take time and training to achieve. All truck drivers in Australia require an endorsed licence which they can only get once they are 18 years old and have held a “C” class licence for a minimum of 12 months. There are 5 types of endorsed licence for truck drivers with light rigid (LR), medium rigid (MR) and heavy rigid (HR) licences being the industry standard for truck drivers of varying weights.

When training a truck driver to transport oversized loads they will need to upgrade their endorsed licence to a heavy combination (HC) licence. A driver must hold a MR or HR licence for at least 12 months before they can take the test to receive a HC licence. This licence allows the driver to be able to drive heavy combination vehicles such as prime movers towing a semi-trailer, or rigid vehicles towing a trailer no heavier than 9 tonnes.


These licences can only be obtained by experienced truck drivers who have received specialised training in driving oversized loads. When training a truck driver to transport oversized loads, they will need specialised lessons at a truck driving school – this will allow them to get used to the weight and dimensions of an oversized load without them being on public roads. They will also need specialised training in how to correctly and safely secure any oversized load for transportation.  Membrey’s Transport pride themselves in on-going driver training to ensure your load is delivered safely.



Experience is one of the most important aspects of training a truck driver to transport oversized loads. It is a good idea to start off behind the wheel of a semi-trailer with a trailer of flat-bed on the back to get used to wider turning circles and then perhaps move up to bigger loads. As with regular driving, time behind the wheel is the best training possible.