Latest Lifting Africa Sep-Oct 2020

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The official magazine for LEEASA (Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of SA)

SEP/OCT 2020

Established: 1990-2020

Golf Day 2020 report back Safe use of a man-cage

Liebherr-Africa (Pty.) Limited Vlakfontein Road, Springs 1560 Phone: +27 11 365 2000 E-mail:


Establishing Blue Cranes in 1990 seems like an eternity away



How to become a member of LEEASA and the cost?



Message from Ken Greenwood, Acting LEEASA Chairman



Safe use of a man-cage



Five common types of warehouse pickers & forklifts



Never underestimate the importance of weighing



When installed and used properly, cranes are an operational delight Golf Day 2020 report back

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The perfect tool for crane planning Demag supplies Harcliff Mining with single and double V girder cranes with supporting service agreements First of its kind flagship overhead crane system creates safe working environment South African high-lift expertise for the Americas

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37 XCMG aerial work platforms handover done to Turkey



New Generation of COMANSA 11LC Series



The green standard for material handlers



New TADANO Rough Terrain Crane on SA soil



African Construction Expo Price is everything, or is it?

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XCMG held MEWP open day in Hong Kong



Haulotte telehandlers popular in the Africa Zone



Jekko and the 2000th crane many happy returns!




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Lifting Africa Managing Editor Surita Marx Tel: +27 (0) 87 153-1217 Cell: +27 (0) 83 281-5761 Email: Web: Sales: Lusana Mrkusic Email: Sub-Editor: Debbie van Rensburg Production Manager: Xane Roestroff

Index to Advertisers bauma Conexpo Africa Blue Cranes Crane Clinic Demac Demag Giovenzana JExpress Liebherr Africa Loadtech Morris Crane Aid Phakamisa Safety Consultants Scaw Metals Group Spider Mini Cranes XCMG

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COVER STORY Establishing Blue Cranes in 1990 seems like an eternity away, but at the same time, as if it was yesterday. How time flies when you are having fun. “My business partner, Kobus Steyn, , (nicknamed by Demag as the 2 musketeers) has known each other from HTS Elspark outside Germiston, joint forces and opened the first Blue cranes branch in Cape Town followed by Saldanha then Swakopmund and later Vredendal. Kobus came through the military, been permanent force for close to 20 years, although new to the lifting equipment industry at the time he brought discipline and sense to our everyday life, but most importantly he knew that money was round and how to let it roll into good investments, whereas I would have driven the biggest badass Range Rover I can lay my hands on. For me, I am the lifelong crane man. As a young boy I would go with my father to “Hume Pipe” and he would let we climb onto the cranes and let the driver show me how to turn those old drum controllers. After 2-year military service I did my electrical apprenticeship at Genrec Engineering in Wadeville, mostly servicing and repairs to cranes, then moved over to Morris Cranes as electrical manager in 87 with Bruce Norridge at the helm. Bruce almost fired me in week 2, then ignored me for 2 years flat. Looking back, the best thing that ever happened to me. During that 2 years I made sure to do more than I got paid for, which must have been noticed. One morning I was called to his office, he gave me keys to a company car and double the salary. Bruce is this bigger than life figure 4

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and we were all shit scared of him. He expected us to make discissions based on the facts before you in an instant, no matter what, and if it does go South, “what are we going to do to fix it”? Between Lourens Langlois and I (drawing office at the time and later production manager) we thought we were running the show, when in fact it was Bruce moving us from one department to the next, giving us life’s lessons, we needed for the future to run our own businesses. Bruce went on to become the big boss of Morris Cranes worldwide. After a stint with Crane Aid, me and Kobus started Blue Cranes with a series 2 short wheel base Land Rover and an old Toyota with very little money, on a very small scale and built Blue Cranes up to the business it is today with close to the best 50 staff members one can get, but they will tell you that Blue Cranes is not easy to work for. But a crane service business, is a crane service business no matter how you look at it. Be you Kone, Morris, Condra or any one of the other 100 companies doing the same thing, we all have budgets and commitments, we all have to answer to somebody, be it a share-holder far away or a business partner sitting next to you. We all have to make it work to pay salaries and endless bills, to only realize that in the end it is about banks and taxes but mostly overheads just for some profit, so whilst we at Blue Cranes played this “Game of

Thrones” with our competitors, we made sure that we had some fun along the way doing some weird and wonderful jobs, one of them a complete row of cranes with the runways at a 30 degree angle to a straight line of beams and hoists. Paging through old job books bring back floods of memories, I can still remember many of those jobs years down the line, for instance, Job 1 was for installing lights in a shoe shop, followed not long after that with the installation of a bridge over a canal that is still in use today and to now have broken through the 100 000 jobs completed. PEP stores distribution has been one of our longest running contracts, all on the shake of a hand and that is still the way we prefer to do business, not that life is so simple anymore especially with BEE, ECSA, LEEASA and the DOL in the mix. Although Blue Cranes have built new overhead cranes for almost every big-name customer out there, we still stick to the thing that we do best. One been legal inspections as per the OHS act. Blue Cranes have won numerous contracts because of our documentation system, and it reflects in the number of ladies we employ to make sure that it run smooth. Some of the jobs gave us bragging rights, or so we though. When Blue Cranes lost the Koeberg Power Station contract after 7 years, we then thought it was the end of the world for us, when in fact Blue Cranes doubled in size in that same

Some jobs are interesting and fun, very few can say that they have a crane installed at the SANEA base on Antarctica, St Helena Island, our name is there, Madagascar and all over Namibia. Which small company can say that they send technicians to all corners of the world ensuring that their jobs stay interesting? Blue Cranes must do the day to day things but we also make sure that our technicians have some adventure along the way, flying in helicopters to jobs, drive up mountains in 4 x4’s or even go to a site by bush plane from time to time, is hopefully not the only reason why they stay. Facts is, we all need good staff, and if any crane company tell you that they are better than the other then it is a lie. We all make use of the same pool of technical staff that is available, some like us are training apprentices, although not fast enough, it is he who manage their staff the best that will win this game of snakes and ladders. John le Grange, (old Water Weights) told us once that “if it is more than 2 hands full, it is too much”. If you think you can take contracts and employ more staff you are mistaken. It normally cost you existing customers.

for which the customer pays. What you can control is making sure that your company stay true to its principals and values. If we make a mistake we say so and carry the cost, if our technician slip up then Blue Cranes fix it. Those customers will come back in the end and then stay with you. Throughout you have seen names that has influenced my life, with the best lesson given to me by Richard Hinckley, foreman at Genrec at the time, always said “Maak n Plan”. As an apprentice I stencilled this to the wall, but as one word. Then again I must admit that Kobus is the better at it. Throwing engineering challenges at him will very fast result in a solution. This he picked up during the Angolan bush war, fixing things on the move while lead is flying all around him. If Camel had a crane advert my partner would be the after-action satisfaction man. Being a small privately owned company, versus a multinational have its advantages as well as disadvantages, we can do jobs at cost just to put our name to it, we can quote to include some fun in a project or even do it for free but what is most relevant is that we can pick the projects that make our lives interesting and hopefully be profitable at the same time.

I realize we do not have all the nice and colourful pamphlets that some customers want, but hey, they have Blue Cranes. Somewhere in the middle of all of this into my life came John mac Donald, (Crane Aid and later Kone), the proverbial ice salesman to the Eskimo. A skill neither me or Kobus possess. We sell on technical specifications which unfortunately is not always that successful, but we will rather lose a sale today than to get a call in the early hours of the morning from an upset customer. What is most difficult is to give over to the next generation and hope that the legacy we have built will continue. In the end the lifting equipment game is like playing chess from one side of the board with chess rules against an opponent playing checkers, from the other side with his set of rules. You need to be wide awake and think on your feet all the time. If you read this and were looking for our customer names, all I can say is that this game is an interesting one, so roll the dice. Joseph van Huyssteen Blue Cranes, +27 (0) 21 556 0498, +27 (0) 82 490 5453,,

As a small business owner you need to realize that you cannot control everything and to put your energy into the things you can. If a competitor decides to take a contract of you no matter what, you cannot control that. You cannot control it if your opposition removes their assistants from the equation, making them cheaper to then send 2 technicians to the job Lifting Africa - Sep/Oct 2020



year and never looked back. We make sure that if we quote on a job it is worth doing. The biggest shock came recently when we found out that Mitall is closing in Saldanha. Blue Cranes had a contract with Mitall for crane maintenance almost from the start that grew into a long relationship almost up to the end. We can move the staff to do jobs at the other service outlets when needed, we can look for other work, but it will have an everlasting impact on the people of the West Coast.

How to become a member of LEEASA and the cost? If we have individuals who are South African, who are performing inspections outside of South Africa, is there any requirement imposed on the inspector that he must be LEEASA trained or is a LEEA qualification ok? Understand this might be country-specific? 1. How to become a member of LEEASA and the cost? All this information is on our website. We have individual members and corporate or company members. The price for both of these is on the website. These change from time to time and should be checked on the site. 2. Requirements imposed on an inspector working elsewhere in Africa and not in South Africa. South Africa is unique in Africa, in that the Lifting Machinery Inspectors (LMI) have to qualify and be registered with our authorities and the companies who they work for must also register with our authorities. 3. Other sovereign African countries have their rules and regulations and requirements. However many of them like using South African LMI’s because we regulate and audit. 4. Our government Department of Employment and Labour (DoEL) controls this process and they mandated the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) to register our LMI’s. LEEASA is a voluntary

association that represents the LMI,s as a group and accommodates the companies i.e. the Lifting Machinery Entities (LME) that also have to register with the DoEL. 5. The process of registering an LME with the DoEL is on their web site. 6. The process for an LMI to register is on the website of ECSA. This changes from time to time and is quite complicated so the process should be downloaded from the ECSA website if required. This process is complicated but the information is accessible. Other African countries may accept LEEA qualifications, but you have to check with them. Sometimes a company/client will demand that the individual is required to be an LMI & LME trained and registered in South Africa and sometimes they would accept other qualifications. I hope I have assisted by answering your questions.

Regards, Ken Greenwood. Acting Chairman LEEASA.

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2020 To date We hope that you are all in good health and spirits. Some of our members passed away from COVID, and some were quarantined and survived. We sincerely share the grief and trauma experienced by our members who were affected. It appears that lockdown is still going on and we must be vigilant and stay safe. LEEASA web site Our website is updated and the revised constitution is well underway. This has to go to the members for approval so we must be patient. The assistance of Lifting Africa with the website has been excellent. Please use it at least once a month. Announcements We have to delay the Durban workshop and will announce the new date shortly. Details will be announced and be on our website. After this, we plan our next AGM in Johannesburg and on-line. Dates will be announced shortly. Please look out for further information on all these events on our web site and in “Lifting Africa�. Lifting Africa still makes a difference!

Until next time, Ken Greenwood. Acting Chairman.

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Message from Ken Greenwood, Acting LEEASA Chairman


Safe use of a man-cage This write-up is done specifically for use by the competent person, when he/she is doing a risk assessment before persons are lifted to work above ground level, through the use of a man-cage to ensure that the cage and machinery are compliant and safe for use. Non-integrated work platforms, or as what we in the field will generally refer to as man-cages, cradles, carriers, work platforms, suspended baskets or personnel cages is a complicated subject on itself. In short, these devices are specially made for the lifting of personnel to work in suspended positions, on hard to reach equipment. Man-cages comes in many shapes and sizes and is used in industry daily, but what very few end-users know is that they are regulated by law, through the Occupational Health and Safety act 85/1993, also referred to as the OHS act. More specific, man-cages is regulated through the Driven Machinery Regulation, DMR 18(8). (See attached examples of man-cages, suspended baskets etc.) Legislation Definition of a man-cage as per DMR 18 “Man-Cage” means a platform enclosed on all side, whether closed or open at the top, designed to raise and lower persons utilizing a lifting machine, but does not include mobile elevated platforms and suspended access platforms. (Excludes MEWP’s and platforms purpose build or build from scaffolding) Regulation 18(8) No user shall require or permit any person to be moved or supported through a lifting machine unless that machine is fitted with a man-cage designed and manufactured according to an approved SANS standard approved for that purpose by an inspector and after a risk assessment has been done. This points out 3 requirements: 1. The cage must be designed and manufactured to an approved SANS standard 2. The cage must be approved by an inspector of the DOL for the purpose it will be used for 3. A risk assessment must be done every time before it is used, by a responsible person This is further explained through 6 notes: (a) Man-cage was known as a cradle or suspended basket. This regulation aims to ensure that persons are lifted safely and work is done safely. The intention is to limit the use of a man-cage as far as possible. The employer must first consider lifting persons with machine/equipment specially designed to lift a person (i.e. cherry picker). If a lifting machine

other than the one designed to lift people i.e. forklift or crane can be used to lift persons inside the Man-cages/ cradles or suspended basket. (b) This use of an associated forklift or a crane with a man-cage must be also be approved for a specific site to lift persons, must be approved by an inspector. (c) The scope of such approval shall, as a minimum, include design and safe operation. (d) The use of cradles should in the first instance be avoided by the use of purpose-made equipment. (e) In exceptional instances where the use of cradles can-not be avoided (occasionally) the user must apply for approval from the Department of Labour. (f) Safe working procedures for these activities must be implemented and strictly enforced. Twice the word “inspector” has been underlined for reason that an inspector must approve such man-cage for a specific site. An inspector is defined in the OHS act as: “Inspector” means a person designated under section 28 of the OHS act. This designation is given to him/her by the Minister of Labour with certain duties and one of them is to approve the use of a man-cage. Further to this, DMR18 also list certain SANS/EN standards that form part of regulation 18. Four of these specifications is relevant to man-cages/ suspended platforms, as they are the machines normally associated with the lifting of these cages/ platforms. This implies that these lifting machines must be safe for use before one can even attempt to use these machines for the lifting of a man-cage. In certain cases, there are also special instructions given when these machines are used for lifting a man-cage. • SANS 10375 – Inspection and testing of overhead cranes and hoists, (no reference but EN 14502 applicable) • SANS 10388 – The inspection, examination and testing of lift trucks, (no reference) • SANS 19 – The inspection and testing of mobile cranes, (specific reference as well as EN 14502 applicable) • EN 14502 – Cranes – Equipment for the lifting of persons. SANS 583:2015 Forklift usage When it comes to the man-cage itself one will find specification SANS 583:2015, Non-integrated work platform for occasional use on lift trucks. Prior to the use of the work platform, a hazard


identification of the equipment, environment and working area shall be performed by the responsible person, and where necessary corrective action shall be taken. In short, a risk assessment must be done taking the following into account. Safe use • Ensure that cage has been approved by the Inspector from DOL for this specific task • Ensure that the required certification of the cage is in place • Ensure that the documentation tie up with the data plate of the man-cage which includes name and address of supplier, year of manufacture, type of cage, ID number, tare weight and rated capacity as well as the number of people that it is permitted to carry. • Ensure that the cage and the forklift is compatible. In fact, the cage must have a sign identifying the specific fork trucks on which the work platform may be used • Ensure that the platform is securely attached as per the manufacturer’s specification. This normally include pins behind the heels of the forks as well as a secondary attachment around the fork truck backrest • Ensuring that the screens on the cage provide

adequate protection. It should have a full screen at the back to prevent the user from getting any body part into the fork truck mechanical parts. • The moving or supporting of persons in suspended equipment shall only be done under the supervision of a responsible person appointed by the user. • Persons expected to work on platform, truck operators and responsible persons shall be aware of the restricted indicating that they may not be used for production or planned maintenance. • All persons involved with work platforms should be properly trained and given full instructions on safe systems of working with work platforms, including the action to be taken in the event of an emergency and the dangers associated with leaning out of the work platform. • The truck and work platform combination shall only be used on firm, well maintained and level surfaces. Gradients and uneven or inconsistent ground conditions can affect the stability of the truck. • The truck shall not be moved while the work platform is elevated horizontally, however, minor controlled, positional adjustments are acceptable, if they are necessary, to allow the task to be carried


out safely, but preferably the platform shall always be lowered before moving the truck for adjustments in positioning • If the truck and work platform combination is rated for use with the truck stabilizer or axle locking deployed (or both) then they shall be deployed before the platform is elevated. • The working area below the work at height shall be segregated from the normal work activity. Persons and vehicles shall be prevented from approaching the work at height activity. This may be achieved by the use of warning cones, lights, barriers or signs, as appropriate. Where necessary other adjacent operations or activities may have to be stopped. • The path of platform travel shall be clear of hazards, such as storage racks, scaffolding, overhead obstructions, and electrical wires. • The rotation on trucks equipped with rotators shall be deactivated • The lifting carriage and forks shall be secure to prevent them from pivoting upward Truck operator • The operator of the truck shall be specifically trained for the use of a work platform. • The truck operator shall remain at the controls of

the truck while the platform is in elevated position and the parking brake shall be applied at all times when the platform is elevated. Persons occupying the work platform • Persons occupying the work platform shall remain on the floor and shall not use other means inside the platform to achieve a higher position, for example, stand on the guardrails or use a ladder. • The platform shall be positioned to prevent the need for persons to lean out when carrying out their work. • Special precautions may be necessary to ensure that persons in the platform are not endangered by hazards such as live electrical conductors or overhead travelling cranes. • Overhead protection should be considered where there are risks from falling objects or other overhead hazards. • Al persons occupying the work platform shall be secured to the work platform by means of personal protective equipment applicable to working at heights, including but not limited to, a full body harness. A body-harness, lanyard, or deceleration device (energy absorber) which has sustained permanent deformation or is otherwise damaged shall not be used

SANS 19:2004 Mobile crane usage This SANS specification has a section especially pertaining to the “Inspection, testing and examination of cranes for lifting Persons and suspended baskets as per annexure A and E” Which in short means that a risk assessment must be done, and the following must also be in compliance above any other specifications also applicable. Report of thorough examination The report of thorough examination shall state the crane and carrier have been thoroughly examined for the purpose of lifting persons. This means that before a cradle is attached to a mobile crane, the crane must be approved for use by the competent person through a proper risk assessment. General Cranes and other equipment used to lift persons and the personnel carrier shall be thoroughly examined either at least every six months or in accordance with a written scheme of thorough examination.

• Check to ensure that the crane has an RCI/L with an appropriate duty for personnel lifting (i.e. half the rated capacity for lifting other loads). • Check to ensure that the crane is equipped with a motion-control system that brings motion to rest automatically when the controls are released. • Check to ensure that the crane is equipped with an appropriate anemometer or other device to monitor in-service wins speeds. This is intended to ensure that personnel carriers are not use in wind speeds in excess of 7 m/s. (25km/h) • Check to ensure that any crane equipped with a winch has power lowering. Cranes with free-fall ability shall not be used to lower and raise persons unless the free-fall facility has been locked out. • Check to ensure that load-bearing hydraulic cylinders are fitted with load-hold valves (over-center valves) to stop movement in case of hose rupture or pipe fracture. Cranes only equipped with simple check or hose rupture valves shall not be used for the lifting of persons. • Carry out a functional check to determine whether the crane control system is able to provide a smooth transition of the carrier. The control shall be such that the carrier can proceed gently and the working speed shall not exceed 0, 5 m/s during all motions. • Check to ensure that means are provided so that, if the power supply or control system fails, the carrier can be positioned to enable access/egress without risk. • Measure the wire rope used for hoisting and lowering the carrier. The wire rope shall have a diameter of at least 8 mm. Man-cage/Carrier/cradle • Visually check to ensure that storage accommodation for equipment, including any emergency egress equipment (for example safety harness, lanyard), is provided in the carrier. • Visually check to ensure that the carrier is marked with the number of persons that may be carried and the maximum load that may be carried. • Check to ensure that no doors in the carrier open outward and that doors can be securely fastened. • Visually check to ensure that the carrier has hand rails, mounted in positions that do not trap hands, to provide security for persons. • Visually check to ensure that the carrier sides are such as to prevent persons or materials from falling from the carrier. • Visually check to ensure that any attachment points for safety devices such as harnesses are secure and undamaged. • Visually examine the structure of the carrier. It shall be free from damage, corrosion, cracks and other imperfections. • Visually check any mechanism provide to ensure that the floor of the carrier remains horizontal. It shall be free from damage, leaks, corrosion and wear.


• Persons and equipment on the platform shall not exceed the available space. This is normally 600 mm2 for the first person and another 400 mm2 for the second. • The platform shall be lowered to the floor level for persons to enter and exit. Persons shall not climb on any part of the rough terrain lift truck while attempting to enter or exit Rough terrain trucks If rough terrain lift truck is to be used to lift persons, the following precautions shall be taken and above those already required • The rough terrain lift truck shall not be operated on a side slope unless the truck is levelled. • The combined mass (weight) of the platform, load, and personnel shall not exceed one-third of the capacity at the related load centre position as indicated on the information plate(s) of the rough terrain lift truck on which the platform is used. Communication • Persons shall be lifted and lowered smoothly, with caution, and only at their request, however the platform shall then be moved smoothly and with caution. • There shall be adequate communication between the truck operator and persons on the platform especially when raising and lowering. Hand-held communication devices or a system of signals should be used where communication is difficult. • If a work platform is lifted to a height greater than 4m above the truck operator, or work platform is used in a noisy environment, then it is likely that communication aids will be required. • When using hand signals, SANS 10296 shall apply. • When using hand held communications devices account shall be taken of any foreseeable hazards due to electromagnetic compatibility.


• Visually check the carrier for unique identification mark and record this on the report thorough examination. Bosun’s Chair • Visually examine both primary and secondary suspension points. They shall be free from damage, corrosion, cracks and other imperfections. • Visually examine the seat structure for damage, security and contamination. • Visually examine the seat belt(s) for damage, contamination, security of their fixings and correct operation. Harnesses • Visually check any safety devices such as harnesses and lanyards for integrity and completeness • Visually examine the harness for signs of cuts, abrasion, damaged stitching or contamination • Check the harness for correct operation of all buckles, adjuster, fasteners, etc. • Visually examine both primary and secondary suspension points. They shall be free from damage, corrosion, cracks and other imperfections. • Check the age of the harness to determine whether it is within the age range recommended by the manufacturer Pre-use checks on Crane Before using the crane for lifting persons and suspended baskets, check to ensure that the following requirements have been complied with. • The hoist ropes are free of kinks and other obvious defects, • A means has been provided to prevent the carrier attachment from becoming detached from the hook; • Multiple part lines are not twisted around one another, there is no slack in the wire ropes and all ropes are properly seated on drums and on sheaves Pre-use checks on Carrier • The carrier, suspension system, attachment points and any carrier motion controls shall be checked before use by the appointed person/crane supervisor. The checks are to identify conditions that have been specifically indicated by the carrier manufacturer, or competent person as potentially creating a hazardous operating condition. • The checks shall cover at least those items listed in annex E, and the form shall be signed by appointed person/crane supervisor. Any conditions found to be unsatisfactory shall be corrected before persons are lifted. EN 14502-1:2010 Cranes – Equipment for the lifting of persons. Suspended baskets This standard deals with suspended basket for use in lifting operation of persons with machinery which is not designed for lifting of persons. General safety requirements and protective measures

• Suspended baskets shall be manufactured from material specified as being incombustible. So, no wooded floors and must be protected against corrosion. • The parts where persons are intended to stand shall have a minimum free-standing height of 2m. • When there is a possibility where falling objects can be a hazard, the basket shall be provided with a roof that will prevent a 20mm sphere from passing through. Load lifting attachments • Suspended baskets shall be attached to the carne hook with flexible load lifting attachments consisting of steel wire rope slings or chain slings with a safety factor of at least 8 x (weight of basket + rated capacity) for chain slings and 10 x (weight of basket + rated capacity) for wire rope slings • When hanging from the hook, the vertical distance between the basket and the crane hook shall never be less than 3m • Steel wire rope shall be made from spliced eyes or crimped ferrules, both with thimble eyes. Wire rope grips (crossby clamps) shall never be used. • The slings shall be fitted is such a way that they can only be removed with tools • Chain sling to be attached with hammerlocks or shackles that is secured in such a way that it complies with the above point Access and exist • Any gate provided for must open inwards, upwards or sideways and return automatically to the closed position, and shall be fitted with a self-engaging latch. • It is also recommended that the cage gate be fitted with a lock that automatically locks once the cage is lifted, and can then not be opened. Anchorage for personal protection equipment against fall from a height • Al persons occupying the work platform shall be secured to the work platform anchorage points by means of personal protective equipment applicable to working at heights, including but not limited to, a full body harness. • The length between the anchorage points and the harness shall be fixed such that the operator is restrained within the basket at all times. (Note: this is not explained in SANS 19 so the user may use a standard lanyard or deceleration device (energy absorber)) Instruction manual The manufacturer of the basket shall provide an instruction manual with the minimum information that also draw attention to national legislation, in our case the OHS act DMR 18.8. Information to the user • The combination of crane and suspended basket shall only be operated by people trained in the safe use of the equipment


• All work to made under controlled conditions by an appointed person • The required equipment to perform a rescue shall be available throughout the lifting operation • Baskets shall not be used in adverse weather conditions • Guide ropes is recommended but u may not be air hoses or electrical cables Information to the crane driver • All movements should proceed gently at low speeds • The crane driver shall always be present and 2-way communication shall exist between the driver and the persons in the basket and no other work shall be done by the driver or the signaler during this time. Information to the personnel using the basket • Fasten safety harnesses as prescribed • Secure tools and material against displacement, tipping and falling out • Ensure in keeping body parts within the basket during operation • Do not stand on the sides at all • Ensure that basket is on an even grand when exiting or entering Special requirements related to the work from a

suspended basket. • When electrical welding is conducted from the basket, special care shall be taken to earth the basket in order to protect the carne and its ropes from becoming conductors of electricity Markings Ensure that the documentation tie up with the data plate of the man-cage which includes: • Name and address of supplier, • Year of manufacture, • Type of cage, • ID number, • Tare weight, • Rated capacity, • Number of people that it is permitted to carry. Source of information OHS act 85/93 DMR 18 SANS 103:2015 SANS 19:2004 EN 14502-1:2010

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Five common types of warehouse pickers & forklifts

Whether you need to move heavy pallets at an industrial warehouse or pick individual parcels at a small storage facility, warehouse pickers and forklifts can help you move material more efficiently. Forklifts and other lift trucks are used in a range of settings, from picking materials for a manufacturing production line to delivering orders to a packing line at a large distribution centre. Depending on the setup of your facility and the volume of inventory you handle, you may need to supplement your human workforce with specialized picking equipment. Learn about five common types of lift trucks and how they can be used to improve the order picking process at your indoor facility. Warehouse Pickers & Forklifts for Indoor Material Handling Buying or renting forklifts—and other order picking equipment— can be challenging because there are so many types and models to choose from. Explore the benefits, capacity, reach height and training requirements of these five common types of warehouse equipment to help you choose the right lift truck for your needs. Warehouse Forklift Quick Facts • Often used in large facilities to move high volumes of inventory. 14

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• Handles 2,5 tons (5,000 lb) on average, with some models handling up to 10 tons (20,000 lb). • Side loaders and counterbalance forklifts are subtypes within this category. • Forklift licenses are required by OSHA for all operators. How They’re Used When you think of a small forklift for indoor use, you’re likely thinking of this machine type, which goes by many names from cherry picker forklift to order picker forklift. This kind of highly manoeuvrable lift truck is often used in large facilities to move high volumes of inventory over short distances. They also may be used on loading docks to unload items from delivery trucks. Side loaders and counterbalance forklifts are subtypes within this category of warehouse equipment. These specialized forklifts offer options for warehouses that need to move items through compact, narrow aisles. Load Size & Type Because they’re designed to move

pallets of materials and goods, warehouse forklifts allow facilities to load and unload balanced inventory more efficiently than they would through the efforts of the human workforce alone. The most widely used warehouse forklifts carry up to 2.5 tons (5,000 lb), but some heavy-duty models can handle more than 10 tons (20,000 lb) of weight. Required Training By law, all forklift operators are required to be forklift certified. This certification signifies that they’ve gone through the proper training to comply with OSHA regulations. The goal of this training is to reduce the chance of workplace injuries due to unsafe operation. Pallet Jack Quick Facts • Used to transport palletized loads over long distances. • Fits into tight spaces more easily than other types of lift equipment. • Handles 2.5 tons (5,000 lb) on average, with some models able to lift to 4 tons (8,000 lb). • Training is required by OSHA for


warehouses or in designated areas of a larger warehouse. On average, a walkie stacker can carry between 1-ton (2,000 lb) 1.5-ton and (3,000 lb), though some heavy-duty models can lift as much as 2 tons (4,000 lb). Lift heights vary by type of walkie stacker and can range from 1.8 metres (6 ft.) up to over 2.4 metres (14 ft.) Required Training A walkie stacker is a Class III electric motor hand truck, which means operators are required to be trained on this equipment just as they would be for an indoor forklift.

both manual and electric pallet jacks. How They’re Used Pallet jacks are a more accessible way to move palletized loads through a warehouse—especially over long distances. Though this type of equipment is slower and lifts less than a standard forklift, pallet jacks can more easily fit into tight spaces. A pallet jack sometimes referred to as a pump truck, must be manoeuvred by members of your warehouse staff on foot. Both electric and manual lifting models are used within the industry. Load Size & Type As their name suggests, these machines are used exclusively to transport pallets. They feature two forks, typically 51 cm (20 ¼ in.) or 68cm (27 in.) wide, and are available in various lengths and raised heights. The average capacity of a pallet jack is 2.5 tons (5,000 lb), with some models lifting as much as 4 tons (8,000 lb).

good for three years. Walkie Stacker Quick Facts • Combines the compactness of a pallet jack with the reach of a forklift. • Designed to transport lighter loads over short distances. • Handles between 1-ton (2,000 lb) and 1.5-ton (3,000 lb) on average, with some models able to lift to 2 tons (4,000 lb). • Operator training is required by OSHA for organizations to be compliant. How They’re Used Walkie stackers combine the accessibility of a pallet jack with a reach closer to that of a forklift. Sometimes called a walk-behind forklift, these machines lack cabs, so a warehouse worker must walk behind the walkie stacker and steer it with an attached handle. Though this type of equipment is more compact than a forklift, it offers less speed and manoeuvrability.

Required Training Pallet jack training, like forklift training, is required by OSHA.

Subtypes beneath this type of equipment are walkie straddle stackers, walkie reach stackers, counterbalanced walkie stackers and ride-on walkie stackers.

Whether employees operate manual or electric pallet jacks, their training must be complete for them to be compliant by law. These training certifications are typically

Load Size & Type These machines are designed to transport less-demanding loads over short distances, making them ideal for use in storerooms, small


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Training is offered through OSHA and other certifying bodies and must be complete for operators and organizations to be compliant. Order Picker Quick Facts • Designed to carry one or two units rather than a whole pallet of items. • Operators ride in a platform that raises to the height of warehouse racks. • Capacities vary by model, ranging from several hundred tons up to 1.5 tons (3,000 lb). • Operator training is required by OSHA for organizations to be compliant. How They’re Used While the previous pieces of equipment are typically used to transport pallets, an order picker is a specialized machine that enables more efficient piece picking and palletless handling. Sometimes referred to as stock pickers, order pickers are designed for storage facilities, narrow aisles, and small on-demand warehouses. This category of powered warehouse equipment features models that extend as high as 9.7 metres (32 ft.) and others that can drive and lift at the same time. Load Size & TypeOperators ride on an order picker, which lifts them to the height of industrial storage racks where they can pick items and place them on the machine’s carry deck.


This process allows operators to deliver one or two units instead of a full pallet of material. Order picker capacities can range from several hundred pounds up to 1.5 tons (3,000 lb). Required Training Order picker operators must obtain an order picker license by passing OSHA’s safety training requirements. Training for order pickers typically includes information about surface conditions, people traffic, load handling and exiting and entering a work area. Reach Forklift Truck Quick Facts • Stabilized outrigger legs and forward-extending forks enhance the reach. • Used to stack palletized goods in racking or pick palletized materials. • Carries loads that range from 1.25 tons (2,500 lb) to 2.75 tons (5,500 lb). • Forklift licenses are required by OSHA for all operators, How They’re Used The main benefit of a reach forklift

truck over a traditional forklift is its ability to reach its forks into warehouse racks for more precise pallet picking. Thanks to stabilized outrigger legs and forwardextending forks, reach trucks can access racks up to 9 metres (30 ft.) high and items as much as two pallets deep. However, this type of forklift is restricted to indoor use because it has less undercarriage clearance than a standard forklift. Load Size & Type These machines are used to stack palletized goods in racking or to pick palletized materials. The cab on a reach forklift truck typically allows for a better view of

overhead loads because of an open design, see-through roof guard or tilting feature that leans the operator back while picking a load. Reach forklift trucks can carry loads that range from 1.25 tons (2,500 lb) to 2.75 tons (5,500 lb). Required Training Like standard forklift operators, those who use reach forklift trucks must be trained to comply with OSHA regulations and safety standards. This training will cover hands-on operation, inspections, safety and more.

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Never underestimate the importance of weighing When it comes to specialised weighing solutions, Loadtech Load Cells has over 50 year’s collective experience. Founded in 1987, the company has firmly established its reputation as a leader in quality load cell manufacturing. Weighing and load limiting is fast gaining track in Southern Africa as the benefits of installing weighing devices are being realised. Everything that is picked up should be weighed, says Glen Webster, Sales and Services Manager for Loadtech Load Cells. “It is essential for any business as incorrect weights have a direct impact on the bottom line.” He says while there are variables to consider depending on what one wanted to weigh, the installing of instrumentation on equipment to weigh and limit loads should not be negotiable. “Each market sector has its differentials to consider, but there is a major benefit to installing


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these devices. It undoubtedly is an investment and over the long-term, the devices pay themselves off. Simply put, if you are weighing you are saving money.” Not only is equipment not being damaged by having to deal with continuously being overloaded, but the inefficiency of underloading is also addressed. The applications of Loadtech Load Cells span nearly every industry and can be used on just about anything that lifts or moves goods. From conveyor belts to bag weighing, batch weighing, throughput weighing, loss in weight, hopper and silo weighing, process weighing, dynamic weighing, platform and crane

weighing as well as weight feeders are addressed. “It is a niche product and often companies won’t deem it necessary to install the instrumentation. Once the benefits, however, are realised the importance and difference that correct load weighing and load limitation makes is very quickly realised. The buy-in into products is steadily growing and we are seeing market growth.” It is a growth that is expected to continue, especially in the current economic times where cost-saving is the order of the day. “The savings that can be realised by weighing correctly first time round is huge. Furthermore, it allows one to do regular productivity checks. The systems and instruments are incredibly innovated and deliver value add that makes a massive difference to cost.” Technologically advanced According to Webster, the system is operator driven and while it can be ignored taking note of the daily emails one can pro-actively address productivity losses. “It allows one to pinpoint exactly where production is slowing down – where is the overloading taking place and where is there underloading in the system.” It is also all captured on an app and through the use of smart devices

“If the truck is overloaded it has to unload cargo right there before it can continue, but if it is underloaded it needs to return to base to get more cargo to take to the final destination. This is an inefficient, time consuming and costly way to operate,” explains Webster. “With load cells, one can accurately load the truck at the depot and it can go through weighbridges without any problems and deliver to destinations timeously.” It is also far safer as it mitigates risk. “Load limitation in the crane industry is of extreme importance. A crane that is overloaded is unsafe and poses a real risk not only to the equipment but the people around it. The same with trucks, an overloaded truck on the road is dangerous.” Maintenance and training One of the key requisites for

ensuring the safe operation of Loadtech Load Cells and Loadtech Instrumentation is maintenance carried out by professionals. “We have a team of technicians and specialists available that can address any concerns or problems. We also regularly calibrate equipment on-site to ensure it is in optimum working condition.” The devices themselves are robust and built to handle the local operating environment. According to Webster, training is an important element of the successful operation of the system. “We offer practical training by our specialists. We can tailor the course to the particular requirements of the company. Training can be done at the client’s premises or our offices in Centurion.”

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linked to the instrumentation. “It is a real-time system that is live,” says Webster. “It is important to have the system installed properly by professionals that ensure it is calibrated correctly and mechanically sound for the operation. Using technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) devices it is very user-friendly with daily reports delivered. These reports can be customized to the requirement of a client.”Webster says delivering bespoke solutions is part and parcel of the system. “Often our devices are used to pay operators an incentive. The more they load, the quicker and better, the more the incentive. At the same time, thanks to these devices, they are loading correctly every time.” Simpler and safer Gone are the days where a truck has to stop at a weighbridge to find out how much it is carrying.


When installed and used properly, cranes are an operational delight

There is, however, no such thing in this industry as being too safe. When things go wrong it can have dire consequences causing severe injuries and even death. Phil Hackler of Spanco recently discussed three of the biggest hazards in the lifting environment along with preventative measures. Hazards exist with all types of cranes—including overhead cranes—and in all facets of crane operation. While well-trained operators go a long way in reducing accidents and incidents, preventing disasters also requires workers to recognise certain hazards that occur during operation and follow safety procedures to avoid them. Electrical Hazards It is estimated that at least 50% of overhead crane accidents are the result of machinery coming into contact with a power source during operation, says Hackler. “Power line contact is literally defined as the inadvertent contact of any metal part of a crane with a high-voltage power line.” He says power line contact most often occurs when the crane is moving materials nearby or under energized power lines and the hoist 20

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line or boom touches one of them. “Usually, the person who is electrocuted is touching the crane when it comes into contact with the power line. But, the danger is not just limited to the operator. It extends to all personnel in the vicinity.” A single contact with a power line can result in multiple deaths and injuries. According to Hackler power line contacts most often occur because safety planning isn’t considered and preventative measures haven’t been taken to avoid hazards. “Planning is one of the biggest accident deterrents available. To start, it’s important to establish who is in charge of prejob safety planning before any cranes arrive at a worksite,” he says. “Furthermore, cranes should be

kept away from unsafe working areas. Legislation in each country outlines safe distances operators must maintain from a power source when working at a job site. Areas that are considered hazardous are referred to as danger zones, and crane operators should be clearly notified of all potential danger zones.” He advises a 3 meter radius of a power line as being an unsafe work area—or danger zone. “Mark the area clearly on the ground by insulated barriers, fences, tape. This will help create visual clues for workers to ensure that the crane is always positioned so that the boom and hoist line can’t intrude in the danger zone.” This, however, is not enough, and overhead crane operators should also use precautions when working near power lines.

This type of equipment should never be used near power lines. A non-conductive, pneumatic or radio remote control system is a much safer choice when working near power lines.” Overloading It is estimated that one crane upset occurs for every 10 000 hours of crane use. More often than not exceeding the operational capacity is at fault. “When a crane is overloaded, it is subject to structural stresses that may cause irreversible damage. Swinging or sudden dropping of the load, using defective components, hoisting a load beyond capacity, dragging a

load and side-loading a boom can all cause overloading.” Hackler says too many operators mistakenly believe they can rely on their instinct or experience. Training goes a long way to eliminating these kinds of incidents. “It’s crucial that any crane operator know the weight of a load and the capacity of the crane. Using technologies such as load-measuring systems for training and planning can greatly reduce the hazard of overloading and operator incompetency.” Materials falling Falling materials, says Hackler, is a major concern at any workplace or job site using overhead cranes. “Visual impairment, two-blocking, slipping, mechanical failure, or operator incompetency can all result in serious injuries or fatalities. If materials are not properly secured, for instance, the load can slip and land on workers in the vicinity or cause major damage to property. For larger or mobile cranes, undesired movement of material can pinch, or crush workers involved in the rigging process.” Statistics show that an

average of 44 people died per year between 2011 and 2015 as a result of accidents with overhead hoists. “That’s because the loads being lifted by overhead hoists tend to be fairly heavy and cause serious damage if dropped. Slings and attachments that aren’t secured properly can be a major safety hazard, and when objects begin to slip, they will eventually crash to the floor below.” Hackler says one way to reduce the risk of falling materials is to perform regular maintenance of hoists. “Load testing maintenance ensures that you know how many kilograms the hoist can handle, and it helps to maintain good working condition.” To reduce risk, operators should make daily crane inspections. Employees working around overhead cranes should also always wear proper head, foot, hand, and eye protection. The crane operator and any workers below should also be aware of his/her surroundings and never walk under a lift, he says. Furthermore “hoist danger” signs should be placed prominently around the working area.

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“Consider all power lines as energised until the electric company tells you otherwise. Operators should also maintain a safe speed when operating near power lines. “Crane booms or truck-mounted trolleys using an electrical remote control system for loading and unloading can also be very dangerous. If the boom contacts a power line, the operator holding the control box is usually electrocuted instantly.


The perfect tool for crane planning Whether planning a new factory, plant or warehousing extensions, drawing up architectural plans or designs that accurately reflect crane space requirements will save time, eliminate cost wastage whilst enhancing productivity and safety. Architects, industrial designers and metal building manufacturers can now access vast amounts of crane-related data and the Konecranes electronic crane catalogue by using their Crane Planner tool. The embedded and simple online search tool offers a quick source of referencing for correct crane selection, crane space requirements, wheel loads, 3D-models and 2D drawings. “Our simple crane planning tool, Crane Planner, enables designers, particularly architects and metal building manufacturers, to quickly specify their crane requirements, view and compare designs via access to over 1000 pre-design cranes with 2D and 3D drawings.” Said Emil Berning, Managing Director. “We believe the Crane Planner tool offered by Konecranes also functions as an educational tool, in terms of how to minimise total costs and add value through correct crane selection, installation and improved crane handling procedures – all factors that impact positively upon safety, a nonnegotiable element of crane usage,” said Berning. Crane Planner Offers Konecranes Crane Planner tool has been specifically designed for 22

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architectural use making design, comparison and final blueprints for crane requirements quicker, more thoroughly researched and more cost-effective.

impact on a company’s return on investment and performance levels. Both of these elements have a direct impact of cost-efficiencies at the site.”

It offers: • 2D and 3D drawings with wheel loads and build-in dimensions • Online access to over 1000 predesign cranes • Creates unique value by providing technical consultation • Eliminates ‘downtime’ for building designers • Creates tighter co-operation between builders and consultants • Offers a hub with brochures and cross-references from similar cases • Optimises the crane and building process at the same time making it a win-win for all parties

“Our Crane Planner is a key tool to ensure that crane planning is accurately researched, giving architects access to all critical information and best in design that is needed to ensure that the resulting crane installation is functional, correctly installed, gives optimised performance and is 100% safety compliant”. “Metal building manufacturers who need the crane data as a base of the dimensioning of the building will find Crane Planner of particular benefit”.

Berning said “The application of the crane and associated lifting systems is an element that should receive more focus in the very early stages of the design of suggested building plans. Incorrect space allocation and confined and non-practical operational placement places operators in a possibly unsafe workspace which could have major health and safety consequences. Likewise, the choice of the wrong crane type and associated components has an immediate

“This online tool is another element of Konecranes ongoing investment into technology that enables us to offer high-performance, practical and safe lifting solutions to our customers. It enables us to strengthen our customer relationships through improved awareness of our services and products and to build upon our reputation as the preferred cane supplier” concluded Berning.


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Demag supplies Harcliff Mining with single and double V girder cranes with supporting service agreements Harcliff Mining Services has chosen Demag Cranes to supply two 25-ton double V girder cranes and one 6.3-ton single girder crane at their newly acquired factory in Meadowdale, Germiston. The cranes have been successfully installed and are supported by Demag Service Agreements. “Harcliff Mining Services recently acquired new factory space which is to be used for their gearbox operation where their volume of production has increased. In addition to inheriting a 12-yearold Demag crane that was still working well, they required further crane equipment for this increased capacity. After meeting with our Demag specialists, it was established that with their proposed factory layout changes, one of our single girders and two of our double V girder cranes would meet their requirements satisfactorily” said Emil Berning, Managing Director. Darren Bagnall, Managing Director of Harcliff Mining Services commented “We knew how highly the Demag brand is regarded globally, and some of our sister companies have installed their equipment and found the quality and performance extremely high and reliable”, adding “so we met with Demag and discussed our requirements for our gearbox operation and accepted their proposals. Also, for performance stability, cost and safety reasons, 26

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we have decided to support our new Demag cranes with the Demag Service Agreement Plan, which removes unexpected downtime and repair costs, giving us operational peace of mind”. The recent installation of the cranes at Harcliff Mining Services was conducted over a weekend to be COVID-19 compliant in terms of meeting the various protocols such as social distancing and working in a clean and sanitized environment. Operating within these restrictions threw up the challenge of ensuring that the removal of old crane equipment and the installation of the new Demag cranes was well synchronised to avoid delays, which was accomplished. EKKE Single Girder Crane The Demag Single Girder Crane offers excellent crane geometry and outstanding travel characteristics whilst reducing the load on building structures. The single-girder overhead travelling crane with solid girders comes in two variants: The EKKE overhead travelling cranes with welded box-section girders and the EPKE overhead travelling cranes with rolled profile girders. They offer a choice of controls:

Besides cable connected control pendants, the D3 generation of radio controls offers safety, reliability and convenient operation. The Demag DMR modular rope hoist, for example, is designed for crane applications, while our DC chain hoist already includes comprehensive features and good value for money, as standard. Two cranes can be controlled on one runway with a common radio control system using our Demag SafeControl system. The single girder crane meets Performance Level “C” and Category 2 requirements for safety-related control functions. The SafeControl fully monitors all crane parameters and giving maximum safety for individual applications. ZVKE Double V Girder Crane A significant feature of the V-type crane is the reduced weight of the crane girder compared with cranes that have box-section girders. This results in potential load capacity gains for overhead travelling cranes which can be equipped with rope hoists that have higher load capacities. This means that a ZVKE doublegirder crane can transport heavier unit loads than a crane which has

The V-type double-girder cranes are offered in four different designs. The side connection of the end carriages to the girder is a feature that they all share. The crane can be adapted in the best possible way to match the volume of existing buildings. For new buildings, the space between the crane and building roof can be reduced, thereby saving costs for the building structure and its upkeep and maintenance. The double V girder crane also gives more precision in terms of its crab runways and torsion-free crane girders. Demag Service and Maintenance Agreements Demag’s tailored solutions for inspection and maintenance ensures that your investment gives you the performance you required – a regular and reliable performance for optimum equipment availability and a high level of safety for owners and operators. Demag’s qualified technicians who have a wealth of experience, are not only familiar with our products but offer inspection and maintenance work for cranes, hoists, load handling attachments or other related equipment for any other brand on the market. This enables our customers to have a one-stop-

shop experience for all of their equipment across the board. The goal of the service agreements is to prevent malfunctions on equipment, through scheduled maintenance and short response times. The service and maintenance agreements are tailored to a customer’s requirements and are carried out to the company’s high specifications and local compliance regulations. “The installations of the cranes went extremely smoothly, and I am confident that their performance will enhance our newly re-organised product flow lines. The Demag Service Agreements, are proactive and include a major service every six months and minor servicing at three-monthly intervals. That way, we will not be caught off-guard by unexpected stoppages for repairs, and which enables us to schedule maintenance more effectively” said Bagnall. “I must just add” Bagnall added “the service and attention to our requirements that we have received from Demag Cranes are head and shoulders above what we have experienced elsewhere. I have no hesitation in recommending not only the Demag product but the Demag team as well. They have been exceptionally professional in the execution of the contracts throughout the process as well as in their relationship building with us all at Harcliff Mining Services” concluded Bagnall. “The single girder and double V girder cranes are our flagship cranes and we are proud to have Harcliff Mining on board as a new satisfied

customer of Demag. Relationships with our customers are paramount. The safety compliance and performance of our equipment at their factories is all-important to us” commented Berning, adding “the service agreements offered by Demag are world-class, and prevent any major mishap or misalignment issues well before they become visible. We are here to ensure that our machines operate at full optimisation at all times. That they are reliable and cost-effective in performance and give a safe experience for all those involved in their operation” concluded Berning. Harcliff Mining Services is an acknowledged global specialist in the design, manufacture and refurbishment of new and existing equipment for the mining, minerals processing, pyroprocessing, cement, power generation and petrochemical sectors. Harcliff Mining Services’ offers the design, manufacture and refurbishment of grinding mills and associated components as well as the manufacture and refurbishment of open gearing and industrial gearboxes and the design and manufacture of rotary scrubbers. The company also produce kilns and dryer parts. The company also manufacture to wear parts from their product offering and can design and manufacture one-off products to meet individual customers’ needs and specifications.

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a box-section girder – without exerting a higher load on the crane runway and building superstructure, which enables existing buildings to be utilised even better. The cost benefits that can be achieved for new buildings are due to the use of optimised supports and foundations.


First of its kind flagship overhead crane system creates safe working environment Komatsu’s Mining & Construction equipment remanufacturing centre is a critical element in the company’s new campus in Tunney Industrial Estate, Edenvale. Extending over 11 372m2 under roof, the facility is the flagship for Komatsu in the southern African region and complements the co-located parts distribution centre, training centre, equipment workshops and Komatsu Africa Holdings head office. “When components for Komatsu machinery reach the end of their working life, instead of replacing with new, they are sent to the Komatsu Reman Centre

for remanufacturing to stringent specifications. To quickly and efficiently complete the process to professionally high standards, equipment and components need to move freely and safely between the various workstations,” says Jayson van Tonder, senior project manager for Metrum Project Management, the company tasked with managing the entire campus project. It was important to find a solution

that could adapt to the very specific requirements of the remanufacturing facility. “Having worked with RGM Cranes on projects within the training centre and workshops on the new campus, we were confident that together with overhead crane OEM Güralp, RGM Cranes was ideally suited to tackle the engineering challenges presented by Komatsu’s cranage requirements in the remanufacturing facility,” says Van Tonder. The project scope of supply was the first of its kind in Africa, based on the tonnage requirements, work flow aspects and engineering requirements. “Wall travelling jib cranes are not an uncommon item within the African market, but the application and scope of work requirements were what differentiated this project. We required cranage that could not only handle higher capacities, but that could seamlessly slide back and forth above all the work stations without interfering or obstructing the work area,” says Van Tonder.


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The initial discussions around the project began in early 2018 and the conceptualisation was completed later that year. The final decisions and engineering proposals were completed in May 2019 and the final order placement was negotiated and agreed upon in late July 2019. A highly collaborative relationship was required between all stakeholders to meet the very specific parameters set by Komatsu. This entailed numerous visits by the RGM Cranes technical team to Güralp in Turkey, as well as visits by the Güralp technical advisors to South Africa to liaise with and provide advice to the teams responsible for bringing the project to fruition. Van Tonder explains that not only was a comprehensive understanding of the structure on which the cranes would work crucial to the success of the projects, but the team also needed to have a thorough comprehension of the required operation of the cranes from Komatsu themselves. Ultimately, this meant that the structure was engineered in terms of Komatsu’s operations, with all deflection ratios required to meet non-negotiable specifications outlined by them. The project called for 25 new overhead cranes: • 17 double girder wall travelling jib cranes, each with a 6-ton capacity, a reach of 7 metres and an 8-metre height of lift • Four 32/12-ton double girder overhead cranes, with spans of 16 and 18 metres respectively, and a 12-metre height of lift • Three 25-ton double girder overhead cranes, with a span of 18 and 12 metres height of lift for their respective bays • One 5-ton single girder underslung overhead crane, with an 8-metre span and 5-metre height of lift. The overhead cranes are utilised in their respective bays for manoeuvring the larger pieces of the equipment being remanufactured into place for

disassembly into smaller, more manageable components. Each jib crane is used to transfer the completed components to various operating lines along its travel length, and they are also used in the smaller equipment areas for assembly and fabrication purposes. “The Güralp hoist monitoring system will also enable Komatsu to keep track of various parameters on the overhead cranes including operating hours, service intervals, and the amount of maximum lifts achieved in a single shift. This state-of-the-art technology and the upgraded integration of the complete system, will place Komatsu in a very competitive position and will enhance productivity, efficiency and worker safety,” says Alex Dowling, managing director at RGM Cranes. The first phase of the crane installation commenced in mid-

November 2019, with the 5-ton underslung crane. This was followed by the installation, commissioning and testing of the remaining cranes over a record six-week period earlier this year. The operability of the cranes was then thoroughly tested and the entire project was handed over to the client in early August. “The cranes have been used to move in the equipment required for remanufacturing, to facilitate the opening of the plant in the coming month. The remanufacturing team have expressed their great satisfaction at the capabilities of the cranes and are keen to start using them in the remanufacturing process,” says Van Tonder.

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South African high-lift expertise for the Americas A Canadian order for South African high-lift cranes suggests that word of local manufacturing expertise in this specialised field is spreading, with consulting engineers JDS Energy & Mining Inc of Vancouver directing that Condra high-lift machines be ordered for a Botswana diamond mine. The order was placed via a Johannesburg-based buying house in August. Manufacture at Condra’s main works is about to begin. The two high-lift double-girder electric overhead travelling cranes are of different configuration and design. The larger of the two, for the winder house, will be a 60/15ton crane of 30-metre span with a lifting height of 25 metres on the 60-ton main hoist and 26,2 metres on the 15-ton auxiliary. There will be dual-speed movement throughout this crane; on the longtravel, cross-travel and lift. The second crane, for the mine’s headgear, will be a 20-ton machine with a span of 11 metres. Movement along the extreme lifting height of 60 metres will be aided by variable-speed drive on the hoist, allowing quickest possible vertical travel across the distance of the lift as well as very slow speeds for accurate load positioning. Dual-speed drives will manage 30

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movement on the long- and crosstravel. Delivery of the completed cranes to the site is scheduled for the second quarter of 2021, a delayed date caused by Covid-19. The pandemic has extended the time required for site mobilisation at the mine. Road transport will be used. This is the second time that JDS Energy & Mining Inc has specified Condra lifting equipment. Last year, an overhead crane and five hoists (two of them articulated) were manufactured to specifications defined by the Canadian consultants for the Bonasika bauxite project in Guyana, South America. Management at Condra believes that there is a growing overseas market awareness of the company’s capability in high-lift. Generally recognised in central and southern Africa as the leader in this segment, Condra high-lift machines have also been installed at a dam in Chile for hydroelectric turbine

maintenance. The Canadian order means that there are now centres of recognition on both American continents. Commenting on the new order, a Condra spokesman said that he thought a competitive price and rapid response times during the tender process had contributed to a successful close. “Clarification requests were particularly quickly executed to comply with customer time frames,” he said. “These cranes will include some interesting features such as load cells, limit switches, remote control, warning lights and sirens. “They will be good, solid machines to build. We will enjoy manufacturing them.”

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XCMG hosted a handover ceremony at their special vehicle factory, for an order that was placed by the Turkey Electricity Bureau. The order consisted of 37 different sizes of Aerial Work Platforms. Mr Sun, CEO of XCMG special vehicle factory commented that these aerial work platforms are customized to meet the requirements of each client’s CE standards, safety standard and local traffic laws. These machines will be used to maintain electrical transmission systems. All of them are equipped with a heavy-duty insulated boom, extending legs with the onebutton operation, electro-hydraulic proportional control, CAN fibre communication, independent lifting work platform and strong antiinterference ability. “XCMG is not

simply just a Chinese company but rather an international company, therefore the international market is of great significance to XCMG” added Mr Sun. XCMG has built an international distribution network covering more than 100 countries. Between January 2020 and September 2020 the XCMG international sales have increased by 30% of the whole sales volume and over the next 3 years, XCMG plans to make it 50%. XCMG will continue to diversify its offering to the clients and distribution network by launching more competitive and innovative solutions which are related to the

construction, engineering and logistics industries. Since their entrance into this field in 2005, XCMG aerial work platforms has formed four series of product groups: knuckle boom (working height 9-22m), telescopic boom(working height 16-30m), mixed boom(working height 7-37m) and insulating boom(14-25m), including over 60 kinds of products exactly. The annual production capacity of the aerial working vehicles respectively amounts to 1500 units, which allows XCMG to come first as the original equipment manufacturer in China for more than 10 years. The XCMG special vehicle factory is one of the XCMG group divisions which is dedicated to the manufacturing of special-purpose vehicles such as truck mounted crane, aerial work vehicle, concrete mixer, concrete pump, garbage compressor, spider crane etc. XCMG is searching for a special vehicle dealer in South Africa, contact us today for more information.

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New Generation of COMANSA 11LC Series

In addition to new improvements in the range, a new Simple trolley with manual Reeving change and a new CUBE M cab and have been incorporated. Comansa is proud to announce that all the experience gained over the years is readily available across the entire 11LC range and it will be soon expanded to the 16LC. Improvements include enhanced ergonomics thanks to new and simplified accessing elements not only to the cathead but also to the jib sections for easy access to the trolley. Furthermore, a new single trolley is now available as an option which features a manual single-

double reeving change by the operator directly from the ground. New drives in the hoisting winch and trolley give new linear movements thanks to attached potentiometers. That makes it possible to easily move and precisely position-sensitive loads. In addition to this, a new version of the 18 kW hoist mechanism has been added to the 6 tons versions, requiring less power supply while maintaining drum capacity and speed features. Power Lift system comes standard, improving the load diagram by 10% at reduced speeds for jobs that require. Optional 24 kW and 37 kW hoist motors feature the Effi-Plus system which increases significantly the hoisting and lowering speeds for light loads without increasing power or consumption. Another significant innovation is the new “M� sized CUBE cab together with a resized and redesigned platform for an easier erection and maintenance. The fully glazed front of the cab allows a complete view of the load and the work area, therefore maximizing

performance. The improved positioning of the seat and body posture gives excellent comfort to the crane operator. The Quick Set system, already available in the 21LC series, has been introduced in the 11LC family as an option. This technology is designed to simplify the commissioning of cranes. With Quick Set, the setup and calibration times have been significantly reduced using a system that leads to easier, safer and more intuitive adjustments, achieving faster and less labour-intensive calibration. Comansa continues to propose four models: 11LC90, 11LC132, 11LC150 and 11LC160, adding to the product range a new 6 tons version of the 11LC150. All of them, as a Flat-Top design brings its well-known advantages as easier, faster and safer assembly, longer life for the structure and smaller distance between overlapping cranes.

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The green standard for material handlers Babcock has seen a steady stream of SENNEBOGEN modular material handling machinery delivered throughout South Africa over the past 12 months, as customers increasingly realise the benefits of these quality German-manufactured machines. With their characteristic green colour reflecting their environmentally friendly efficiency, SENNEBOGEN material handlers are suitable for a diverse range of applications and have garnered firm support in South Africa’s steel mills, scrap metal, ports, pulp mill and sawmill industries, among others. 7 And 8 series The 7 Series units are primarily suited to the pulp and sawmill environments for their pick and carry capabilities and ability to stockpile at heights, while the 8 Series units are ideal for use in other industries due to each modular material handling machine able to be custom-built to the client’s specifications with an efficient design that assists in maintaining productivity. Undercarriage options range from mobile, crawler, rail, gantry and stationary, and can also include optimally raised units with a pylon, while different quick34

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coupling systems and a large range of attachments highlight the machines’ versatility. Claude Delport, Sales Executive for SENNEBOGEN at Babcock, says that SENNEBOGEN’s E-Series of material handling equipment presents customers with a choice of new-generation fuel-saving diesel engines or environmentally friendly electric motors, with the latter capable of running up to 100 000 hours before needing to be replaced. The state-of-the-art Tier 3 emission diesel engines have optimised engine settings for reduced fuel consumption and modern exhaust gas treatment for cleaner air. Electric motors provide operating cost reductions of up to 50% compared with conventional diesel engines, do not produce emissions, and operate at very low noise levels. SENNEBOGEN 8 series Delport says that in the last two

years Babcock has sold several 830R electric units to a large steel mill in Gauteng for their scrap processing and feeding of the melt pots division where they have been performing well. At a sawmill in KwaZulu-Natal, a customer is using an electric unit to pick and carry timber, stack and feed the mill. This customer opted for the 825-electric unit with a railway type undercarriage to suit existing infrastructure at the sawmill. The machine has handled the application extremely well, and the customer is impressed with its performance. SENNEBOGEN 735e Early this year Babcock delivered SENNEBOGEN 735E diesel units to a log yard and pulp mill where the customer required a machine capable of pick and carry and stockpiling at heights of up to 10 metres, as well as being able to tow a trailer. “The 735E meets these


needs with an elevated cab providing the operator with unobstructed views,” says Delport. Regarded as a true pick and carry the machine, the 735E provides a rear-hinged boom for optimum weight distribution, high load capacities, compact measurements and small slewing radiuses for manoeuvring in narrow spaces between stacks, and a stacking height of approximately 10 metres. With a robust undercarriage and two powerful, quiet travel motors, the 735 can pull up to 30 tons on a trailer, and a rear boom provides unobstructed views from the cab. As with all SENNEBOGEN machines, the 735E offers easy access to service points, maximum operator comfort and safety, and fuel-saving efficiency that lowers operating costs and environmental impact. Its towing function permits the transport of more product per trip, thus increasing productivity and reducing operating costs.

Wide range of models and aftermarket support Featuring high performance, uncomplicated quality components, and long product service life, the SENNEBOGEN machinery available from Babcock includes a range of material handlers, duty cycle cranes, lattice boom crawler cranes, port cranes, and mobile harbour cranes with a lifting capacity of 125 tons. All SENNEBOGEN machinery is backed by Babcock’s nationwide network of service centres and aftermarket support, offering customers around-the-clock local support that can be quickly and easily accessed.

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SENNEBOGEN 730e The compact SENNEBOGEN 730E has also featured on Babcock’s sales list and is ideal for sawmill sorting line applications and offloading of logs and feeding the mill. Recently, Babcock replaced a well-used 730E unit which was first purchased in 2006 by a sawmill in Mpumalanga. Delport says the customer has long favoured the capabilities of the 730E and has kept to the brand and model when deciding to replace older units. The 730E runs on tyres, making it mobile on-site, while its 360-degree rotation makes it extremely versatile for loading and offloading of trucks and rail wagons, and sorting and stacking in confined spaces.

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New TADANO rough terrain crane on SA soil Babcock delivered the first brand-new TADANO GR-700EX-4 Rough Terrain Crane to a long-standing mining customer. The 70-ton hydraulic rough terrain crane is the first one to arrive in South Africa, and one of the first to be sold worldwide.Featuring cuttingedge technology and hydraulics, and smart controls for operator ease, the fourth-generation TADANO GR700EX is exceptionally well suited for plant maintenance in mining and construction applications where manoeuvrability and access to narrow spaces are essential. Sales representative for TADANO at Babcock, Claude Delport, says that the TADANO brand is well established in South Africa owing to the quality and longevity of the products, availability of spare parts, and excellent resale value. Manufactured by TADANO at their state-of-the-art facilities in Takamatsu, Japan, the GR-700EX-4 maintains the outstanding quality and reliability the brand is renowned for while remaining well priced within a competitive market. Delport says repairs are easy to carry out and servicing is economical, making the TADANO range of rough-terrain cranes a cost-effective long-term solution for any customer. Some of the new features on the GR-700EX-4 that set it apart from its predecessors include: 36

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• An upgraded cab with digital displays and touch screens • Automatic speed reduction and slow stop function on boom elevation and slewing • A 20⁰ tilt cab for improved operator comfort and visibility • A TADANO Automatic Moment Limiter (AML-E2) system that monitors outrigger extended lengths and automatically programmes the corresponding rated lifting capacities table. “The Tadano AML-E2 system with the outrigger monitoring feature and smart chart system is a particularly useful tool as it automatically calculates the machine’s lifting capacity and stability even if the four outriggers are extended at different lengths. This ensures that the lifting capacity is increased in safer areas and adjusted accordingly in more confined spaces,” Delport says. Delport says that the range of reliable TADANO cranes available from Babcock is popular across the continent, with some customers operating the same machines for over 35 years. “Our customers are extremely happy with the quality and longevity provided by TADANO, as well as the long-

term investment opportunities the machines afford.”The new rough-terrain cranes are available in models with lifting capabilities from 13 to 145 tons, while TADANO’S all-terrain cranes have lifting capabilities ranging from 40 to 400 tons. Additionally, there is a range of telescopic crawler cranes combining innovative technology with measurable results for heavyduty requirements on tough work sites; and a selection of TADANO truck-mounted cranes combining outstanding mobility with flexibility and ease-of-use, ideal for small, medium and large construction or industrial project needs. TADANO is recognised as a world leader in the manufacturing of mobile cranes and has also recently acquired Demag Mobile Cranes, further enhancing the brand and range of products available from TADANO. Babcock has been the exclusive distributor of TADANO products in South Africa since 2009 and provides support and sales to customers across southern Africa.

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African Construction Expo The African Construction Expo is the only event in Africa that brings together 8,500 stakeholders involved in construction and infrastructure projects in Africa. With over 200 exhibitors featured across the indoor and outdoor exhibition, African Construction Expo offers access to the most innovative building materials and technologies in Africa. The expo provides workshops, training, demonstrations and other interactive features that facilitate commercial networking opportunities and drive private and public sector collaboration. African Construction Expo will be colocated with Totally Concrete Expo, African Smart Cities Summit and Woodex for Africa. The four events will be held from 29 June – 1 July 2021, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. African Construction Expo also hosts a series of webinars, podcasts interviews and thought leadership articles. The purpose of the digital offering is to provide accurate and relevant content about the industry, latest trends and innovative solutions as well as insight into how

the industry is evolving. Totally Concrete Expo The 7th annual Totally Concrete Expo offers contractors, engineers, quantity surveyors, architects, designers and property owners a one-stop-shop to identify viable project tenders and the materials that will help them to complete their projects on budget and on time. Manufacturers, transporters, and processors of concrete will be provided with access to South Africa and Africa’s most influential project owners to build relationships, evaluate new technologies, overcome industry challenges and identify new and future commercial partners. To excel in a changing industry, you need the latest trends, the most sound best-practices and a crystalclear picture of where the industry is headed. Readymix and pre-cast concrete producers, specifiers, contractors, engineers, architects –

In 2020, the expo will form part of the African Construction Expo and Totally Concrete Expo, presenting even more growth opportunities within a broader spectrum of industries. Pumps, Valves and Pipes Africa will be held from 29 June – 1 July 2021, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. African Smart Cities Summit The 4th annual African Smart Cities Summit will EXPLORE major trends, CELEBRATE Africa’s progress, DEBATE challenges and opportunities and DISCOVER the innovations set to advance African cities. The summit anticipates positive growth during its weeklong activities. The inclusion of the Smart Cities Pavilion on the exhibition floor showcases how technology and innovative solutions can transform African cities. Taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 29 June – 2 July 2021, this exclusive gathering of buyers, sellers and contractors proves to be truly African as it co-locates with the African Construction Expo and Totally Concrete Expo, and Woodex for Africa.

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if you manufacture, sell, specify or work with concrete in any capacity then this is your show! Totally Concrete Expo will be co-located with African Construction Expo, African Smart Cities Summit and Woodex for Africa. The four events will be held from 29 June – 1 July 2021, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.


Price is everything, or is it? Covid – 19 has had an impact on all of us one way or another. The most obvious impact is financially. Many industries came to a standstill and revenues dropped significantly. However, there is a flip side. A large number of corporates are now allowing their employees to work from home post the hard lockdown which financially assists the employee by not having to pay for transport costs. Furthermore, it has cut running costs for the company through a reduction in electricity consumption and other basic costs. The bottom line is that everyone is “sharpening their pencil” and finding ways to do things in a less costly, smarter manner. The load testing industry is not immune to this. Being a relatively small and niche industry, the pressure to cut pricing on all sides is becoming more apparent.

quality of service delivered? I do believe there is always room for negotiation, however, there is a basic cost that needs to be adhered to and trying to negotiate below this will affect not only the service one provides but the quality of work delivered as well. Being in the Health & Safety industry, this should not be negotiable. In the long-term it could also result in a drop in salaries offered to certified Lifting Machinery Inspectors’ (LMI’s) which would be counterproductive in enticing new and competent people into the load testing industry. There are always ways to cut costs, but this should be scrutinised and carefully assessed.

Price sensitivity to the economic environment is required but perhaps the question should be, will this affect the standards and quality that is expected and required from the load testing industry?

For many companies, bonuses will have to be forfeited and Christmas lunches wont feature on the agenda, however, one can- not risk cutting costs that will have an impact on the quality of work.

Will price “wars” also have a longterm effect on the industry and

Cutting prices that will force a LMI to load test more units than he can

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competently do, or hiring someone who views “load testing” as just a job for a lesser salary is not an answer. Every Lifting Machinery Entity (LME) will have to face this challenge, however, a lot of thought needs to be given to the solution. I don’t believe there is a one size fits all solution but rather an individualistic one. The load testing industry is a critical one and should be viewed as such. The adage “you get what you pay for” may apply to the future in the load testing industry if a prudent outlook is not taken to pricing. This is something that should be carefully considered when selecting your preferred LME. Load test prices need to reflect the quality and service that is delivered. After all, you get what you pay for.

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XCMG held MEWP open day in Hong Kong

XCMG held an open day to unveil their latest MEWP product range and sign agreements with working at height associations and rental company. The XCMG MEWP open day was held at the World trade centre in Hong Kong with more than 200 customers from the rental and aerial lift industry attending the launch of the world’s highest MEWP XCS58 that can reach a working height of 58m. XCS58 integrates X-configurations stabilization, allwheel steering and double cylinder proportional levelling. The unit also provides efficient power use and an energy-saving hydraulic control system that means it can work in demanding areas, like the petrol chemical, wind power and bridge construction industries.

safety, combined with cuttingedge technologies, and complies with North American and European standards. Features of the equipment also include automatic levelling, engine overload protection, automatic engine capacity control and vehicle a management control system, as well as advanced diagnostic capabilities. During the open day, engineers provided customers with detailed product information for the full range, while operators demonstrated the equipment and some customers experienced the machine themselves.

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during this event. XCMG signed agreements with the HK lion leasing industry association to promote the development of access equipment in Hong Kong. CEO of Lion Leasing, Eric Ho, shared his story with XCMG. XCMG & Eric Ho has established a business relationship for more than 10 years. In his fleet, there are 300 different size XCMG MEWP’s. In his eyes, XCMG is a trusted brand which is why he decided to invest in it. Mr Ho is sure XCMG can bring back better investment return, he is positive for the prospective because Hong Kong is a vertical city and the height still keep growing, the rental demand is growing and sometimes people have to wait. It is said in Hong Kong there are more than 1000 units of XCMG MEWP that are applied in different industries such as engineering, construction, municipal works, and all of them runs perfectly and well maintained by XCMG. XCMG is searching for a MEWP dealer in South Africa, contact us today for more information.

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Haulotte telehandlers popular in the Africa Zone Since the beginning of the year, Haulotte Africa received numerous orders for its telehandler range. Recently, Farrisia official distributor delivered ten HTL 4017 to ECC, a subsidiary of the Algerian Ministry of Defence specialising in carpentry and public works. Haulotte telehandlers are indeed much appreciated in African countries because of their outstanding productivity and safety. The African market values Haulotte HTL quality Telehandlers are highly robust and versatile lifting machines able to carry out multiple functions such as forklift, crane and work platform.

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Haulotte’s wide range of HTL - compact, high lift and heavy load ranges - embedded several technologies enabling the operator to focus on lifting operations in complete safety. The ECC establishment placed precision and comfort aspects in the centre of their project. The HTL 4017 was a great fit not only for its ergonomic cab but also for its excellent drivability. Three driving modes assure excellent manoeuvrability in any environment (2 WS, 4 WS or crab steer). The inching pedal ensures a smooth and progressive driving to easily approach a structure. Thanks to proportional movements, manoeuvring is intuitive, secure and precise. Farissia performed a training session to 6 ECC employees. “We shared detailed information about the telehandlers and trained them to drive and park the machines. A focus was made on maintenance and safety” said Kada Marsel, Director of Farissia. “The delivery has been completed. We already have very positive feedback from our customers. We hope to develop the telehandler market in Africa thanks to our fruitful partnership”, added Didier Mertens, General Manager of Haulotte

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Jekko and the 2000th crane many happy returns! In 2020, a difficult year under many aspects, Jekko has reached a double milestone: at JDL exhibition in France, the company delivered to French dealer ATN Platforms its 2000th crane, exactly 20 years after its first mini crane prototype. It has been 20 years since Jekko developed the first model of a mini crane in 2000. From that moment on, the Trevisobased company has always been betting and investing in new models and new lifting solutions, supported and rewarded by a growing interest coming from the market, gaining an important place among the most relevant mini crane producers worldwide. It is worth to mention that the 2000th unit is new SPX650 model, the latest machine launched last July during a live streaming presentation. This mini crane embodies cutting-

edge technical solutions and innovations and has already drawn the attention of the experts, promising to become a flagship model of Jekko range. The 2000th crane was delivered to ATN Platforms, which recently took the place of Fassi France and is new Jekko dealer in the French market. JDL exhibition was, therefore, the perfect setting for a symbolic delivery of the machine, sealing a new relationship which has already started in the best way possible. “We are so glad of having reached this important milestone and delivering our 2000th crane to our French distributor ATN Platforms

makes us very proud - comments Mr Alberto Franceschini, Jekko Export Manager - France is one of the most important markets for us and we have been operating there for 13 years, at first together with Miltra, then with Fassi France and now with ATN Platforms. We would like to thank Mr Roger Boutonnet, ATN Platforms President, and his son Benoit, who first started the cooperation between Miltra and Jekko in 2007, and also Mr Gilles Cheval and Mr Frédéric Leclerc. Without their precious support, we wouldn't be where we are today".




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Lifting Equipment Pavilion at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2021 The Lifting Equipment Engineering Association Of South Africa (LEEASA) is proud to be the Oicial Host of the Lifting Equipment Pavilion at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2021, to be staged from October 13–16, at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Pavilion will create a platform that will bring the lifting equipment industry players together and provide a one stop shop for attendees looking to source lifting solutions at the exhibition. bauma CONEXPO AFRICA is sub-Saharan Africa’s leading trade fair for construction, building material, mining, agriculture & forestry machines, machinery and vehicles. This key construction machinery trade show has been revamped with new opportunities for the industry. As a gateway for international companies to the African market and for African enterprises to the global market, bauma CONEXPO AFRICA attracted around 14,000 high-level visitors and exhibitors in 2018 and expects these numbers to increase significantly in 2021.

“We are delighted that LEEASA will be the official host of the Lifting Equipment Pavilion at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2021. We believe this important collaboration will help the sector capitalise on emerging opportunities across the continent, and create new and beneficial business opportunities and partnerships.� – Suzette Scheepers, CEO, Messe Muenchen South Africa

Reasons to exhibit Position your brand as the leader in your sector to decision makers from across Africa Showcase your solutions to over 14000 industry participants from around the globe Get global exposure through a high impact marketing campaign exclusive to bauma CONEXPO AFRICA exhibitors Enjoy free industry content and learn from experts at the Supporting Programme Forums

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Contacts: LEEASA Surita Marx Email: Tel: +27 (0) 87 153-1217 Mobile: +27 (0) 83 281 5761



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