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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.

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. 


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.

Super Tilt comes to Membrey’s!

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We are so excited to offer our new SUPER SERVICE! ….. ‘Super Tilt’ that is!


Membrey’s are dedicated to deliver the best possible service for all of your transport needs.

Trams on the move!

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Bombardier and Membrey’s working together to move Melbourne’s new trams in to the CBD ready to begin service.

Minister Luke Donellan visits Membrey’s

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Luke Donnellan is Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports in the Victorian Labor Government led by Premier Daniel Andrews.


We were lucky to have Mr Donnellan at Membrey’s to show him some of our new gear and discuss the challenges faced by those in the transport and crane hire industry.

Berwick Show 2015

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The Berwick Show Society has a long and proud association with agricultural competition in Victoria, tracing its history back through the Mornington Farmers Society to the founding body in Victoria, the Port Phillip Farmers Society which was established in 1848.


Member’s Transport and Crane Hire proudly supports Beyond Blue – tackling Anxiety and Depression through its annual Truck Pull. Here are some photos from the day!