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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.


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!

130t Liebherr and 60t Liebherr Dual Lift Mobile Cranes

130t Liebherr and 60t Liebherr Dual Lift Mobile Cranes

While cranes are equipment that make large jobs a lot easier, they come with strict procedures that must be followed to improve safety, maximise productivity and success. Here are 5 safety tips to consider when operating cranes.

1. Understand the requirement of the Job – each job is different so its important you understand all the requirements – even the little details.

2. Identify all existing and new hazards – staying safe means you need to identify possible hazards, some of the common ones include; overloaded cranes, improperly secured loads and falling materials.

3. Hire an Experienced crane operator – this may seem obvious and most hire companies supply the operator when you hire but you can still check their tickets and ensure they are in date and still relevant.

4. Comply with all Work Health and Safety Laws – this is also a given, most works may require pre-start checklists, SWMS, permits and other documentation to ensure the works conducted are lawful.

5. Perform daily safety inspections – you could have the best operators but if the machinery isn’t up to standard you are putting workers and anyone nearby at risk. Daily checks are an essential preventative measure.

50t Mobile and 2t Franna Recovery

50t Mobile and 2t Franna Recovery

More information about our crane truck hire. You can reach us by calling 9554 4040. Alternatively, you can send us an email via our contact page.

Late Jan 2017 we were called out to remove a gantry along the Monash Freeway, the signage for the Cranbourne/Hastings exit.


The job took the team approx 6 hours to assess the work, hook up the gantry and safely lift it to the ground.


Works like this need to be done as soon as possible to reduce the amount of time the freeway is closed.


The crane used was our 130tonne Liebherr Crane plus our cherry pickers to do the rigging.


This removal is all apart of the Monash Freeway upgrade that is currently underway to widen the road and make the daily commute a little easier.


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.

130t Mobile Crane Recovery

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.

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:

130t Liebherr Mobile Crane

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.

Behind the Scenes of a Successful Crane Lift

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Performing a successful crane lift depends on a variety of issues – from planning and research of the lift to the knowledge and skill of those involved. Needless to say it is not something to be taken on lightly. Read on to find out how Membrey’s assist successful crane lifts.


Meticulous planning is essential to the success of any crane lift and therefore every aspect of the lift needs to be carefully considered. This includes the location of the lift, the weight of the object being lifted, and what type of crane is to be used. Careful planning of the route used during transportation and how the object is going to be situated at the end of the journey also need to be considered.
Crane lifts require expertise and careful planning beforehand to reduce the risk of any costly mistakes being made. Carefully planning each stage of the lift also ensures that each member of the team knows exactly what their role is and when they will be needed – this makes the whole process run smoothly and efficiently.


Depending on where exactly the lift is taking place and what route is going to be used for the transportation, you may require permission from local authorities or Vic Roads for the lift to take place as roads and access may need to be limited in the area. If permission is needed then it should be applied for in plenty of time to ensure that there are not going to be any hold ups for the project.


If your crane lift project requires transportation of the lifted object then the most accessible route to the destination needs to be researched thoroughly. If your load is very wide you will need to take the widest roads possible to your destination and Membrey’s will transport the goods safely. Traffic and road works should also be taken into account as they could have an adverse effect on the ability of your load to be transported.


Crane lifts can be very dangerous projects and there are many safety aspects to be considered during the lift and transportation. Conducting a thorough risk assessment of every stage of the lift is essential in highlighting the highest risk elements of the lift and allows you to take steps to ensure no harm comes to the lift team or members of the public.