Determined to raise standards

A requirement for high standards makes us who we are, says Justin Boehm, member engagement manager for Australia at the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA).   The way in which the Covid-19 pandemic has affected companies will vary widely depending on the sectors in which they operate.  The fact that we all face different risks […]

22/03/2021 - 22:32 pm

Prioritise compliance

Think about what’s more important: where a product is from or its compliance with relevant standards.   Brace yourself: as good as Aussie-made product is, 90% of the lifting and rigging gear sold in Australia is imported from Europe, the States, Asia, or elsewhere. Much less product is manufactured here than people think. That’s why so […]

22/03/2021 - 22:28 pm

Closer to home

The pandemic has taught us the importance of greater local autonomy says Justin Boehm, member engagement manager for Australia at the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA). The Covid pandemic continues to dominate the agenda as we start 2021. The good news for our region is that the policy of suppressing the virus is resulting in […]

22/02/2021 - 21:09 pm

Head for heights

When working at height, it is important to be properly trained and consult the experts, says Ashley Thacker of Ranger Lifting. I was talking to height safety expert James Moule, of LINQ Height Safety, recently. Our conversation was two-sided in that much of it was positive, about the progress Australian industry has made in height […]

22/02/2021 - 21:06 pm

Perfect Ten

Seven things we have learnt in the last six months—and three things we would tell our pre-Covid selves. The best companies have treated this year as an opportunity; we are no different. It’s evident that businesses that were able to take decisive action eight months ago are better off now. It was important not to […]

07/12/2020 - 11:26 am

A clear vision for Australasian lifting  

Steven Flint, founder and CEO of The Rigging Shed in Western Australia, will be speaking for the members as he takes his place on the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) Board as Regional Director – Australia. In 1992 I travelled to the UK and worked for Bristol Wire Rope – then a Bridon company, where […]

07/12/2020 - 11:16 am

Lifting compatibility

Ross Johnson, manager of Dynamic Rigging Hire, one of Melbourne’s leading rigging equipment hire companies speaks to LHA about the need to unify the design of precast lifting clutches used to hoist concrete elements Ross Johnson, manager of Dynamic Rigging Hire believes that the design of precast lifting clutches used to hoist concrete elements is, […]

12/10/2020 - 23:02 pm

Take a load off your mind

Recently I’ve seen a number of issues surrounding compliance with standards and items of equipment, particularly chain slings, which are not being inspected accordingly. In one recent example, a lifting equipment testing and inspection company refused to certify sets of chain slings, which were bought at an auction without any brand markings.  In this case […]

29/09/2020 - 20:26 pm

Breaking Point

There are many reasons why lifting gear breaks. Here, we look at seven common causes.   There is an unacceptable reality that even when lifting is a core function at a company or on a jobsite, it is not given the recognition is deserves in terms of safety and competence-based expertise. We see hundreds of […]

29/09/2020 - 20:23 pm

Zooming into the new normal

Where would we be without technology? It is certainly helping us to cope through this dramatic pandemic. Lockdown changed so much of our everyday lives. Imagine dealing with this 15 years ago without the internet, smart phones, online retail, streaming services and communication technologies such as Zoom. Technology has been an immense ally in helping […]

21/08/2020 - 15:14 pm

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LHA May/June 2021

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