Cranes & Lifting May 2024

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6 Sany & Tutt Bryant

Tutt Bryant Equipment introduces new Sany 40-tonne capacity battery electric telecrawler.

10 CICA Queensland Chair report Report on the recent Branch meeting in Gladstone.

12 CICA ISO Changes

David Solomon highlights how SO45004 OH&S Performance Evaluation recently received overwhelming approval.


McPhan Crane and Transport is planning for the future.

18 Holding Redlich

Holding Redlich examines the importance of companies complying with their duty of care.

23 Baden Davis Crane Connection

Andrew Whyte joins The Baden Davis Crane Connection.

26 Franna

North East Link crane operator, Shauna Burgess, discusses the enhanced safety features on her Franna MAC25.

29 UAA

UAA explores the sharp increase in the theft of construction equipment.

Between Hook & Load features


LEEA’s Justin Boehm goes in depth on workplace safety while also providing a preview of LiftEx 2024.

36 Ropes Technology

Rope Technology Corporation’s capabilities for the crane sector.

39 Modulift

The global spreader beam manufacturer has launched a new, shackle-free design.

40 Visual Dispatch

Smithbridge Group CEO, Oliver artin e a orates on the e ien ies induced by the Visual Dispatch scheduling software.

43 Potain new tower rane s e ifi a targeting Southern Hemisphere markets has been launched.

45 Mammoet

See how the global heavy lifting powerhouse completed a complicated ball mill exchange at an Australian refiner

47 Tadano

Adelaide’s Urban Cranes increases its capabilities with a new Tadano.

TIDD pick and carry proves a gem for Emerald Carrying Company.

Pace Cranes

Tomahawk Cranes sharpen services with battery electric Maeda.


The global crane manufacturer has broken its own world record for a seventh time.


Fleurieu Cranes hails Grove as great taxi crane.

Tandem lifts on the Level Crossing Removal Project.


Cranepower’s game changing tower crane power.

Tutt Bryant

QWEST delighted with the performance from Tutt Bryant Equipment and Sany.

Gleason Cranes

The Australian crane dealer has made a signifi ant mo e to e an its resen e in Australia’s west.

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POSITIVE ROLES EXIST FOR ARTIFICIAL intelligence (AI) in cons uc on.

Ar cial intelligence (AI) has already made its way into many indus ies, including cons uc on, and the crane indus y will be no excep on. AI will play a signi cant role in the advancement of technology and in growing  demand for safe and e ciency in crane opera ons.

Predic ve maintenance is one of the most promising areas for AI in the crane indus y. By analysing data om sensors and other sources, AI algorithms can predict when components are likely to fail, allowing for proac ve maintenance and reducing down me. is can result in signi cant cost savings and improved safe , as well as improved equipment reliabili and lifespan.

AI will also have a focal role to play in autonomous crane opera ons. Although not quite here yet, autonomous cranes will be equipped with sensors and cameras that will allow them to navigate and operate independently, without the need for human interven on. is can improve safe by reducing the risk of accidents and injuries, as well as increasing e ciency by reducing the me needed for crane opera ons.

AI can also be used to op mise crane opera ons by analysing data on factors such as wind speed, load weight and environmental condi ons. By taking these factors into

account, AI algorithms can recommend op mal crane con gura ons and opera onal procedures, improving e ciency and safe .

One of the biggest concerns is the poten al for AI to replace human workers, which could lead to job losses and other nega ve impacts. Addi onally, there is the risk of AI malfunc on or failure, which could result in accidents or other safe issues.

Overall, while there are certainly some risks and challenges associated with AI in the crane indus y, the poten al bene ts are signi cant. With the right precau ons and safeguards in place, AI has the poten al to revolu onise crane opera ons, improving safe , e ciency, and produc vi in the indus y. It will be interes ng to see what new AI technologies will enter the crane indus y in the coming years and how they will impact crane opera ons.

As always, the team at Cranes and Li ng is delighted to bring you the latest developments   om our indus y and we hope you enjoy the read.

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THE CC 00T -E I A ATTERY E ECTRIC powered telescopic crawler with a li ing capaci of 40t.

e new ba ery elec ic crane is based on the highly popular telescopic crawler range om Sany but the diesel engine is replaced by an elec ic opera ng system capable of retaining the high level performance of the diesel powered version.

e SCC400TB-EV has a maximum boom length of 44m with an op onal jib length of 16m. e boom is made of a highs ength steel s ucture with a U-shape sec on area. It features ve sec ons, of which the basic boom is 11.3m. It also features a dual cylinder, full power rope row for telescoping.

e SCC400TB-EV includes a number of features designed to provide safe and reliable opera on whilst reducing maintenance costs. e ba ery elec ic telescopic crawler is equipped with the Danfoss EM-PM1375-T1100-1500 motor, with peak power up to 336kW and a dual motor con oller, which can provide torque of up to 2,500Nm.

e SCC400TB-EV is also equipped with a 210kWh lithium iron phosphate ba ery (LFP ba ery), which is capable of managing eight hours of opera on, depending on the work required on site. TBHL&S avelled to Sany China and physically tested the rst SCC400TB-EV to ensure that adver sed ba ery life was possible. e crane actually ran for 10 hours during tes ng on one charge. e BMS intelligent piping system monitors the ba ery voltage and temperature in real me, and the ba ery interior is made om VO-grade re-proof material.

For the launch of the SCC400TBEV, Sany has developed the SYIC-III

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The SCC400TBEV features an intelligent work environment for the operator.

Integrated Con ol System that is designed to deliver high levels of integra on, precise opera on and reliable levels of crane operabili .

e ba ery power system includes a main con ol and a slave con ol in each ba ery pack and these adopt a ‘daisy-chain communica on’ to achieve the required levels of power in real me and e cient ba ery system data acquisi on and con ol.

e vector con ol drive motor system achieves high precision con ol of motor output and prevents overload, overhea ng, short circui ng and over-voltage protec on as well as other safe func ons.

e SCC400TB-EV Con ol System manages the ba ery system, the drive motor and power supply systems, main con ol, torque limiter, auxiliary and safe monitoring systems.

ese include a high voltage safe design system that protect against elec ical leakage. e high voltage systems on the crane have real- me insula on monitoring func ons that are able to cut o circuits should a sudden elec ic leakage occur.

e boom hoist mechanism on SCC400TB-EV features a dual-ac ng single piston hydraulic cylinder, with a safe balance valve and a lu ng angle of between 1.5 and80 degrees. e cylinder allows lu ng down through self-weight to reduce energy consump on and increase the stabili of lu ng down opera on.

e swing mechanism adopts a wet swing brake that is a spring loaded. It is normally a closed brake with braking provided through a spring force. e swing system is equipped with an integrated swing bu er valve that has a ee slipping func on. is assists with a steady start and con ol of an excellent inching func on.

e unique swing bu er design and steady brake provide an external gear swing drive with a 360 degree swing range, a maximum swing speed of two revolu ons per minute and maximum drive pressure reaching 20MPa. e swing lock cylinder device ensures the upperworks are locked in four direc ons a er the work is done or during ansport.

e counterweights are designed

The SCC400TB-EV has a maximum boom length of 44m with an optional jib length of 16m.

“The SCC400TB-EV is also equipped with a 210kWh lithium iron phosphate battery (LFP battery), which is capable of managing eight hours of operation, depending on the work required on site.”

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The SCC400TB-EV Control System manages the battery system, the drive motor and power supply systems, main control, torque limiter, auxiliary and safety monitoring systems.

into blocks for self-assembly and easier ansport. e rear counterweight totals 13t and is capable of self-assembly.

e upper works of the crane features a high-s ength steel weld amework, with no torsion or deforma on. e parts are set out in a manner that makes maintenance and service easier. TBHL&S ansports the SCE400TB-EV as a complete unit without the need of support ucks.

e SCC400TB-EV features an intelligent work environment for the operator.

e integrated Load Moment Indica on (LMI) Con ol System is standard, and it is calibra on- ee. It ensures the safe opera on of the crane and improves the crane’s produc vi and e ciency.

e LMI system can automa cally detect the weight of the load, the working radius and boom angle and compares this with rated load weight and actual load, work radius and boom angle. In normal opera on, the LMI con ol system will make judgments and cut o opera ons if the crane is headed beyond its designed

capaci es. It also acts as black box to record overload informa on.

Over-release protec on device of the main/auxiliary winch features a threewrap protector installed on the main and auxiliary load hoist winches to prevent an over-release of wire rope. When the rope is paid out close to the last three wraps, the limit switch is ac oned, and the system sends an audible alarm as well as a displayed alarm on the ins ument panel, automa cally cu ng o the winch ac on.

If the func on lock level is not in the work posi on, all other handles won’t work, which prevents any misopera on caused by accidental collision. e elec ical swing lock will only allow swing ac on when the lock is released, so as to prevent any opera onal error and ensure the safe of the operator and those working close to the crane.

e remote monitoring system is standardised, providing func ons like GPS loca ng, GPRS data ansfer, machine status inquiry and sta s cs, monitoring of opera onal data and remote analysis and

remote diagnosis of failures.

e load indica on panel features three colours – green, yellow, and red – and these indicate the posi on of the load in real- me. When the actual load is less than 90 per cent of the rated load, the green light remains on.

When the actual load is between 90 and 100 per cent of the rated load, the yellow light switches on, the alarm light ashes and sends out intermi ent sirens. If the actual load reaches 100 per cent of rated load, the red light switches on, the alarm light ashes and the emits con nuous sirens. Should the actual load reach 102 per cent of rated load, the system will automa cally cut o the crane’s opera on. e display screen in the cab can then display the ba ery’s state of charge (SOC), power ba ery voltage, power ba ery charge and discharge. It can also display the instantaneous power of the driving motor, charging mark, li ing weight and boom angle, as well as other working parameters and numbers rela ng to the working status of the crane.



Our recent Queensland Branch meeting in Gladstone provided a crucial platform for industry stakeholders to discuss the developments shaping the industry in our region.

WE HAD GUEST PRESENTATIONS FROM the Department of State Development & In as ucture, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, updates on road access ac vi es and new announcements for members locally and across the coun y.




Geo Kerr om the Department of State Development & In as ucture came in as a guest speaker to present on the Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA). e GEA was established in 2003 with the goal of enhancing collabora on within the Gladstone Region’s indus y supply chain among major indus y, GEA members and investors. Kerr highlighted the development of the CQ Renewable Energy integrated indus ial precinct and the resul ng posi ve e ects on Gladstone. He s essed the importance of sharing informa on throughout Aus alia and spoke on the increasing size of wind turbines. Kerr also in oduced ‘Gladstone Connects,’ a pla orm aimed at facilita ng connec ons between buyers and suppliers based on their capabili es and needs, with an emphasis on showcasing available resources and iden fying areas for partnerships with local businesses. He also emphasised the necessi of business regis a on in Gladstone and announced an upcoming Supply Day event.


Mandy Haldane, Russell Hoelzl, and George Haddad om the Department of Transport and Main Roads spoke on the Na onal Automated Access System (NAAS) during the branch mee ng. eir discussion cen ed on its applicabili to heavy vehicles throughout Aus alia and New Zealand, aiming to reduce permits by 90 per cent over ve years. e NAAS is designed to expedite decision-making processes

for Road Managers while enhancing ansparency, drawing upon the successful implementa on of the HVAMs system in Tasmania. As part of its adapta on for Queensland, the system can accommodate alternate vehicle con gura ons to devise tailored access solu ons, par cularly crucial given the challenges posed by the aging bridge network which is primarily designed for 3-axle ucks. e presenta on showcased the s eamlined process for obtaining special access permits through the TMR portal, involving assessments by engineers to determine speci c routes. e mee ng also highlighted the engagement of Aus alian crane manufacturer representa ves in a European road managers tour. A followup mee ng was scheduled to sustain collabora ve e orts, with the notable endorsement om the Brisbane Ci Council for the HVAMs  ini a ve.


Damien Hense and Alice Edwards om CICA provided a comprehensive Roads Update during the branch mee ng. ey highlighted manufacturers’ prepara ons for impending changes to import requirements e ec ve July 1st, 2024, with a focus on the applicabili of all ADRs and exhaust emission standards.

A en on was drawn to the signi cance of comple ng paperwork for second-hand cranes before the deadline, especially given the an cipated ease of procuring European cranes post-July 1. e update also included insights into Queensland Transport and Main Roads (TMR) ac vi es, par cularly the ansi on of NHVR compliance and enforcement scheduled for April 20, 2024. is has been ten years in the making. To cope with the increase in heavy vehicle regulatory services delivered, the NHVR will create a new department within its Opera ons Division, the Northern Region. e new region will join the Cen al and

Southern teams and will see the crea on of 165 new roles that will mostly be lled by sta om the TMR.

Queensland is the sixth Aus alian jurisdic on – a er South Aus alia, Tasmania, the ACT, Victoria, and New South Wales – where the NHVR will be directly delivering heavy vehicle regulatory  services.

e comple on of over 3070 bridge assessments under IAP 1 & 2 was highlighted, alongside prepara ons for the implementa on of the HVAMS system. e presenta on emphasised the role of CICA in local government spaces, par cularly concerning the analysis of NHVR portals and engagement with TMR dis icts. e discussion then shi ed to the Na onal Automated Access System (NAAS) and its role in enhancing safe and produc vi under the Heavy Vehicle Na onal Law (HVNL).


Paul Arztenhofer om CICA presented the Membership & Na onal Update during the branch mee ng. Various ini a ves were detailed, including the CICA On-Road Ar culated Crane Course, which is o ered ee for members. He also addressed proposed changes to highrisk work licenses, no ng the inten on to grandfather exis ng licenses and the provision of logbooks for rigging and dogging modules, with updates to the Dogging & Rigging Guide forthcoming for members. Another key focus was on the “Start Safe” program aimed at operator safe , emphasising the availabili of resources such as paper versions and uploads, provided ee of charge through the member portal. Arztenhofer encouraged members to reach out for demons a ons of the portal, underscoring CICA’s dedica on to suppor ng its members through accessible aining and resources.

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e cross-hire agreement was launched on Tuesday March 19, with relevant documents accessible via the member portal.

e Li Supervisor Course was scheduled for July 10 and 11 in Brisbane, with regis a on details available on the CICA website.

Plans were also unveiled for the Women’s Leadership and Development Program, and the Emerging Leaders Development Program which is slated to commence in July 2024.


e branch mee ng concluded with insights om the Na onal Reference Group (NRG), presented by Steve Gonano om the CICA QLD Steering Commi ee. Gonano highlighted a presenta on by organisa onal psychologist Fiana Wei, focusing on psychological hazards and risks within the workplace, underscoring the importance of addressing common issues such as s ess and management problems to ensure employee well-being. Discussions cen ed on road access challenges and poten al elec ical interference a ec ng cranes, with prepara ons underway for developing s ategies to mi gate risks associated with lightning s ikes. Finally, in the General Business segment, it was announced that the Mobile Crane Code of Prac ce will be ge ng the Ministerial sign o and is set to be released between August and September, signalling ongoing e orts to uphold indus y standards and safe protocols. is has been a very long process that started before COVID-19. We thank the subcommi ee for all their hard work, but a special thanks to Launa Williams for her dedica on and persistence that meant we could achieve the outcome that we have.

Mick Messer

Ac ng Chair, Queensland Branch


• 8th May – Branch Meeting at Colmslie Hotel at 5pm

• 7th June – Industry Day at Pullman Brisbane King George Square at 10.30am – 4.30pm

• 23rd August – nn a ran h eeting a e ranes Unit 1 / 1326 Boundary Road Wacol at 5pm

• 17 – 19th October – ationa on eren e Adelaide

• 7th November – Branch Meeting at 5pm

• 29th November – Christmas Party at 6.30PM


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Danny Black – Director

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ISO 45004-Ocupational Health and Safety Performance Evaluation received 98 per cent international approval rating.

Convenor ISO TC283 WG4 OH&S Performance Evaluation

ON FEBRUARY 13, 2024, THE interna onal Technical Commi ee (ISO TC 283) responsible for the design and development of ISO 45004:2024 OH&S Performance Evalua on, reported that the FDIS ballot yielded 54/55 suppor ng votes, equa ng to a very s ong 98 per cent interna onal ballot approval. ISO advised this new Standard would be published March 14, 2024.

ISO 45004:2024 is intended to help organisa ons to e ec vely monitor, measure, analyse and evaluate occupa onal health and safe (OH&S) performance. OH&S performance evalua on includes the processes that the organisa on uses to assess the adequacy of ac vi es that are expected to achieve intended results. OH&S performance is normally evaluated by using a combina on of processes and sources of informa on such as incident inves ga ons, inspec ons, audits, qualita ve and quan ta ve indicators, culture surveys and interviews.


ISO TC 283 is also the interna onal commi ee responsible for Occupa onal Health and Safe Management. ISO TC 283 held a mee ng in Trinidad & Tobago in 2015 for the ongoing development of ISO 45001:20181 OH&S Management Systems. During that mee ng the Head of the Swedish delega on started a conversa on about

Posi ve Performance Indicators. is was put on hold un l ISO 45001 was published March 12, 2018.


MBA NSW Execu ve O cer Safe Housing Technical & Risk, David Solomon (Aus alia’s Interna onal Head of Delega on) was nominated as the Co-Convenor of ISO TC283 Working Group 4 responsible for the development of ISO 45004:2024 by Standards Aus alia Na onal OH&S Commi ee (SF-001). Being a Co-Convenor as opposed to a sole Convenor provides the opportuni to undertake two roles, a) to convene mee ngs and b) posi vely con ibute towards the development of ISO 45004:2024 content, represen ng

not want Aus alia to have an unfair in uence over the dra ing of ISO 45004, hence only some elements om the Na onal dra were included.


Working Group 4 is responsible for the development and dra ing of ISO 45004:2024. is ISO project was scheduled to run 36 months, commencing October 2020. ISO TC 283  WG4 currently has 96 par cipants om all over the world. Once the Standard is published the Working Group 4 will disband.


e aim of ISO 45004:2024 is to shi the focus om Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) to help businesses consider

the views of Standards Aus alia SF001. Canada was the other nominated Co-Convenor.


Standards Aus alia OH&S Management Commi ee SF-001 (Chaired by David Solomon) dra ed its own Na onal Standard that was considered for the working dra of ISO 45004:2024. SF-001 used the Hudson Maturi Model2 with the X and Y axis targe ng requirements om ISO 45001:2018 when they dra ed a Na onal Standard. ISO TC 283 did

what daily tasks they are undertaking, how they are going to be measured and what units of measurement will be used to categorise them, so that the data obtained is more balanced and that it supports and re ects the OH&S performance of a building business. While LTIs are s ll relevant, they are a re ospec ve form of measurement and are s ll retained in the Standard. e Na onal Standards Aus alia OH&S Commi ee SF-001 saw the need to broaden the scope of the exis ng LTI Standard 1885.1:1990 Workplace Injury and Disease Recording Standard

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to include all the posi ve things that a business does, that should be considered and if e ec ve, relied on as a posi ve performance indicator.

A er all it is SF-001’s raison d’e e, to ensure the Standards that Aus alia is guided by are contemporary and t for purpose. Notwithstanding, AS 1885.1 was subsequently withdrawn as it was dated and possibly had too narrow a focus. Given that a new interna onal standard of OH&S measurement was in ain that not only captured LTIs and a orded much more, the decision was also unanimous to support the development of ISO 45004 OH&S Performance Evalua on as a more suitable replacement.

45004 can be used by organisa ons of all pes, regardless of whether they have implemented a formal OH&S management system (see ISO 45001:2018 and ISO 45002:2022). What ISO 45004:2024 provides is examples that demons ate how to evaluate performance to drive con nuous improvement and support the organisa on in achieving its intended results. ISO 45004:2024 recommends a balanced approach, based on selec on of performance evalua on processes and indicators, with emphasis on proac ve (leading) OH&S performance indicators. It recognises that over-emphasis on past performance (lagging) indicators, such as incidence and equency rates, can undermine e orts to improve OH&S performance.

As every organisa on is unique, and intended results vary, there is not a standardised set of performance evalua on processes or set of indicators that ful l the needs of all organisa ons. erefore, every organisa on has to iden fy performance evalua on processes and indicators to suit its own speci c needs.

E ec ve performance evalua on can help the organisa on to demons ate con nual improvement, and therefore may need to be adjusted when the organisa on’s performance changes. E ec veness is the result of selec ng the appropriate performance evalua on

processes and properly implemen ng them. When performance evalua on processes are used inappropriately (e.g. in a way that is perceived to blame individuals for system de ciencies), they can produce unintended consequences. e most common of these consequences are addressed in ISO 45004:2024.


If we use car insurance as an analogy, when applying for an insurance policy, one is asked ques ons such as: is your car: parked o s eet? Garaged? Securi system in place? Securi system connected back to base? ose considera ons, if implemented all posi vely con ibute to discounts when insurance premiums are calculated, whereas the Building and Cons uc on Indus y (BCI) must comply with the WHS Act 2011 and WHS Regula on 2017 (speci cally Chapter 6). Yet with all the governance that is complied with, none is considered when measuring a building company’s OH&S performance. Let alone are any posi ve

OH&S performance ac ons into account to balance any non-conformances that a company may have incurred, categorised, measured or determined when assessing whether its OH&S performance is e ec ve or not.

ISO 45004:2024 is designed to complement ISO 45001:2018 by providing performance evalua on approaches that align with requirements  of that standard. ISO 45004:2024 OH&S Performance

Evalua on can be used independently, by any organisa on, to improve OH&S performance.

N.B. ISO 45001:20181 OH&S Management

Sys ms is the same document as AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018 OH&S Management

Sys ms with the addi on of an Aus alian Preface and Foreword to provide con xt for the Aus alian workplace environment.

N.B. e Hudson Maturi Model2 plots the development of an organisa on’s safe culture. Each level has dis nct charac ris cs and is a progression om the previous level.

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Image credit David Solomon. David Solomon during an ISO meeting in Texas.


With new cranes arriving, a planned expansion control business as well as having a training school in the wings, Central Coast business McPhan Cranes and Transport is certainly on the move. Founder Tony McPhan, his son Dré, daughter Lila and new recruit Mick (Phan) Sinderberry explain more.

MICK JOINED THE MCPHANS AT THE END of last year and with 39 years of crane indus y experience under his belt, he has worked for most of the major crane hire businesses in Sydney and Newcastle.

“I was with Wheeler Cranes and had many dealings with the McPhan family previous to and during my tenure. My wife and I moved to the Cen al Coast with an opportuni to have “buy in” into the McPhan’s vision for the future.

“It’s a great opportuni , it’s a good family business with massive poten al and I’m very happy with the move. I’m looking forward to consolida ng and growing the family group as well as con nuing to foster exis ng rela onships with our allies,” said Mick.

“Like most people in the indus y, I started out as a Dogman/Rigger

originally and stuck with that for 12 years. en I moved into the o ce as an allocator and then out on the road as a supervisor, looking at and quo ng jobs. I’m back to doing that again with Tony and the team managing pre-inspec ons, site inspec ons, preparing jobs… that sort of work. Being back out on the road and seeing customers is what I love about the role,” said Mick.

Mick has experienced pre much everything during his long and illus ious career, and he can see the value his experience will bring to the McPhan  business.

“ ere are three more cranes coming in the next few months, including a 150t Liebherr all terrain, a Franna MAC25 and an AT40, which is exci ng. With Tony and Dré working on new direc ons,

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Mick (Phan) Sinderberry, Dré, Lila and Tony McPhan.
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the company will con nue to grow. Tony has in oduced his family into the business, which is great and makes it even more exci ng for me. Young Dré and Lila are excelling in their pivotal roles. I’ll be here for a few years and will help the company grow,” he said.

Dré joined the business a er leaving high school and he is currently studying a double degree in Law and Commerce as well as working in the business full me. He is keen to take the business to the next level and sees Mick’s appointment as an important building block in this process.

“Coming out of high school you never really know what you want to do or where the world’s going to take you, but I am very thankful that I decided to join the family business, it feels like it was fated and meant to be,” said Dré.

“We have a young crew here, especially in the o ce, and we probably lacked a bit of experience and knowledge to fully navigate the crane indus y. We are full of passion and ambi on, but you do need someone who knows the ropes and has helped build businesses om the ground up. Mick is that guy and we have been interested in securing his services for a long me.

“Mick has worked with companies like Wheelers, Borger’s and Adairs so he knows his way around the crane indus y. For young people like Lila and myself he has been absolutely awesome. In today’s world, compliance is the name of the game and having someone that really understands the back end of the cranes, the charts and li plans, his experience has been next level, for the larger projects we are star ng to work on,” he said.

“Originally, Mick’s role was to help with the alloca on side of the business, but he’s come on board and taken on his own role, which is exactly what we wanted. He’s out there every day talking to customers, scoping the work, inspec ng jobs, and he’s doing a really great job. With Mick we know things are ge ng done properly.

“His arrival coincided with my sister Lila star ng in the business and with her burst of energy paired with Mick’s experience, the dynamics at McPhan

Cranes and Transport have increased emendously,” said Dré.

Being a family business is an important mo vator for Dré.

“We pride ourselves on being a family owned and run business. With my Dad, my Grandfather, Lil and myself have a business culture based on family values which to me is more important than money, growth or expansion. To come to work with a smile, face your challenges, enjoy the banter and leave at the end of the day feeling recharged rather than drained; to me that means you’ve already won in life,” said Dré.

Lila goes on to explain why she decided to join the family business.

“I nished my HSC on a Monday in November last year and om the Tuesday I started working in the business full me. Obviously, I’ve been brought up around cranes and I’ve always looked up to my Dad and Brother. Just seeing how hard and relessly they work for

our customers and understanding how rewarding it is seeing the shed emp and knowing the cranes are out working is reward enough. It’s libera ng and I’ve always wanted to have a role and con ibute to the family legacy,” said Lila.

“I’m studying Project Management at Universi and as I study and complete the course I will ansfer the learnings om the degree into the business and help manage projects with our cranes. at’s the end goal,” said Lila.

Dré provides some context around the move into a c con ol and the move  north.

“Dad and I were brainstorming for a while about the opportuni es with a c con ol. With the changing business environment, compliance is the word of the day. 10 years ago, you could get away with having a lollipop s ck and crane set up in the middle of the road, but you can’t do anymore,” he said. “Dad and I sat down on a Monday and decided we

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The McPhans are planning to add new cranes to the eet with in str training high on the agenda.

needed to o er our customers a c as part of our service con ol. Literally within a week we had the company registered and signs ordered and now it’s going really well. It’s a service customers appreciate because they can make one phone call and we take care of the rest, including the craneage and a c con ol. Dad and his partner Jelly, myself and Lila all have our ckets con nuing the family’s commitment to the business,” he said.

Dré is excited regarding the arrival of the cranes.

“One of Dad’s superpowers is his abili to take risks and invest in the business. He’s seen Lila and myself join the business and he’s decided to lock himself in and order a 150t capaci crane, which will hopefully arrive during the rst quarter of this year. at crane will open a whole new avenue of opportuni es for us. We’ve also got a couple big Frannas coming to expand the eets’ capabili es, enabling us to keep up with customer demand,” he said.

“Our plans for expansion are largely facilitated by the good rela onships we have built with other crane companies in the indus y. We’ve avoided stepping anyone’s toes, and we’ve focused on building rela onships and helping out other companies,” he said. “We know there are companies in the Hunter Region

looking for Frannas and bigger capaci cranes and we are happy to work in with them as a subcon actor. Our goal is to keep building the rela onships, extend up there, enter a new market which will help with further growth in the business.

Tony explains that aining has played a signi cant role for the business in the  past.

“18 years ago, Dad started with an idea for a business primarily designed to upskill our exis ng sta , which is something we really priori se here. We’ve put a lot of our dogmen through their Riggers course, and we’ve o ered that as a way for them to progress in the  business.

“We’ve never really been xed on locking people into one posi on and that’s where they are going to stay. Anyone who comes to this sort of family environment is eated like family and any opportuni  they wish to pursue, whether it’s ge ng their open crane cket or becoming a Rigger we o er and encourage that growth.

“ e aining school was another way to upskill sta , keep on top of compliance, induc ons, all the necessary ckets but it morphed into its own business where other people were coming here to learn.

“By o ering those kinds of ckets, it brought a new talent pool to the yard,

and we were exposed to more people wan ng to get in the indus y or exis ng people wan ng to upskill. is enabled us to expand our sta , our dogmen, our operators by picking om a good talent pool. We see the new aining school as having a similar impact on the business today,” said Tony.

“Dré and Lila have di erent s les, but they complement each other really well. Sure, they share my ideas, but they’ve adapted the methods and processes that I in oduced and combined them with their own ideas and built on them. at was a major reason for ge ng Mick on board, too. My input is great, but they’re at the point, Dré especially, where he needs other experience to add to his ‘toolbox’.

“Mick brings plen of experience and he is prepared to share this with the team. He built his reputa on with the Adair business which was well-known and highly regarded for the way they did  things.

“I’d hope Mick is here into his re rement and then well beyond, because it gives him a chance to put that nal stamp on this crew. He can pass on his knowledge, informa on and experience and I’m sure it will make him proud to see Dré and Lila con nue on with the things he’s been able to share. at will be Mick’s legacy for this family business,” said Tony.

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The steps that a director can take to meet their statutory WHS duty of care has been clearly explained in the recent decision of SafeWork NSW v Miller Logistics Pty Ltd; SafeWork NSW v Mitchell Doble (Miller) . In this article, we examine the decision in Miller in which the director successfully defended charges laid against him with the Court outlining the practical steps that he took to avoid a conviction.


All jurisdic ons in Aus alia, other than Victoria, have adopted the model WHS Act which imposes a primary du of care on a person conduc ng a business or undertaking (PCBU) to take “reasonably prac cable” steps to ensure the safe of its workers and others. To discharge its du , a PCBU must consider and implement reasonably prac cable con ols. In Victoria, the same du is imposed on an employer. Company directors, in their capaci as “o cers” of the PCBU, also have a separate personal du to exercise due diligence to ensure that the PCBU complies with its primary health and safe du . is requires directors to adopt a proac ve approach to health and safe and to take reasonable steps to ensure that there are e ec ve systems in place to iden fy and manage safe risks as they arise in the workplace. In Victoria, a similar obliga on on o cers exists by imposing liabili on o cers for breaches by the company if it is a ibutable to the o cer failing to take reasonable care.


Miller Logis cs P Ltd (Miller) is a eight dis ibu on company with eight ansport depots located throughout NSW and the ACT. Zen y P Ltd (Zen y) was con acted to provide eight

services at Miller’s ansport depot in Tamworth, NSW. Zen y employed uck drivers who would use Miller’s depot to load and unload their ucks.


In the lead up to the incident, SafeWork issued three improvement no ces to Miller over three years in rela on to the lack of a c management con ols at its Yennora, Beres eld, and Tamworth  depots.

• On 23 October 2017, SafeWork issued a no ce to Miller’s Yennora depot, ordering Miller to develop and implement a documented a c management plan to con ol the interac on between forkli s and uck drivers (Yennora No ce).

• On 30 September 2020, SafeWork issued a no ce to Zen y in rela on to its opera ons at Miller’s Beres eld depot. is no ce was also provided to Miller and cited similar safe concerns, highligh ng the insu cient a c management con ols in place to separate pedes ian and forkli a c (Beres eld No ce).

• On 30 October 2020, just ve days before the incident, SafeWork issued an improvement no ce to Miller’s Tamworth depot. is no ce ordered Miller to rec fy the very same a c con ol risk that

materialised on the day of the incident (Tamworth  No ce).


Miller employed a compliance manager, Mr Hayter. In response to the Yennora No ce, Mr Hayter:

• sent an email to all depot managers, including Tamworth, announcing the in oduc on of fortnightly toolbox talks to ensure workers maintained a three-me e distance between forkli s and pedes ians (3-me e rule).

• circulated the toolbox documents and required depot managers to provide a copy of the forms, signed by each driver who a ended the toolbox talk.

• asked the Opera ons Manager to follow-up with any depot managers who failed to return the signed toolbox  forms.

• created a template a c management plan for the Yennora depot and

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forwarded a template a c management plan to the other depots, including the Tamworth depot.

In response to the Beres eld No ce, Mr Hayter personally a ended the Beres eld depot to update the exis ng a c management plan. He also arranged to have the lines repainted to be er delineate pedes ian and forkli   a c.

In con ast, a er SafeWork issued the Tamworth No ce, Mr Hayter did not visit the Tamworth depot and assumed that there was a a c management plan  in place. ere was no evidence that the Tamworth manager did anything with the template that was sent to them by Mr Hayter.


On 4 November 2020, Mr Herden, a uck driver employed by Zen y, was assis ng another uckdriver, Mr Hill,

to load and secure his B-Double ailer at Miller’s Tamworth depot. Mr Herden was ins ucted by Mr Hill to search for a smaller eight pallet that would t beneath the mezzanine level of the B-Double ailer. While searching for a suitable pallet, Mr Herden crossed the loading zone and was s uck om behind  by a forkli being operated by another worker employed by Miller.

e forkli was being driven with a full pallet, raised so high above the ground that it obs ucted the driver’s line of sight. Mr Herden su ered signi cant injuries as a result.

At the me of the incident, despite the previous improvement no ces, there were no oor markings or physical barriers in place to separate pedes ian and forkli a c at the Tamworth depot. While workers were encouraged to adhere to the 3-me e rule, this was not enforced by the Tamworth depot

manager. ere was also no updated a c management plan in place at the Tamworth depot.

THE JUDGMENT AGAINST THE COMPANY Miller unsuccessfully defended the charge brought against it under sec on 32 of the Work Health and Safe Act 2011 (NSW) (WHS Act) for having failed to comply with its health and safe du , which ul mately exposed Mr Herden to a risk of death or serious injury.

e Court held that Miller was not only on no ce of the risk due to the Tamworth No ce but should have reasonably known that “nothing short of total separa on of forkli s and pedes ians was adequate to ensure safe ”. Despite this obvious risk, the only precau on adopted by Miller at this depot was the 3-me e rule which was loosely enforced. A designated loading and unloading zone, line marking,

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pedes ian exclusion zones and physical barriers could all have been implemented as higher level con ols compared to the adminis a ve con ol regarding keeping 3-me es away om mobile plant.


Miller’s sole director, Mr Doble was charged as an “o cer” of Miller under sec on 27 of the WHS Act for failing to exercise due diligence to ensure that Miller complied with its health and safe du . SafeWork alleged that Mr Doble breached his du to exercise due diligence by failing to:

• ensure that Miller had appropriate resources and processes to eliminate or minimise health and safe risks arising out of its opera ons; and

• verify that the resources and processes were being implemented at Miller’s Tamworth depot.

In nding Mr Doble not guil of any o ence, the Court found that Mr Doble “took an ac ve interest” in work health and safe as Mr Doble:

• employed Mr Hayter as a compliance manager to deal with work health and safe at each of Miller’s depots and as the “primary process or resource” for managing safe . As Mr Hayter had been responsible for health and safe within the business during this period, Mr Doble was en tled to reasonably rely on the informa on provided by Mr Hayter.

• a ended weekly management mee ngs where he was briefed on health and safe ma ers by Mr Hayter.

• followed-up safe issues at the next management mee ng to ensure the proposed safe measures had been implemented at each depot.

• remained informed about updates to the a c management plans.

• personally a ended each depot and ins ucted Mr Hayter to immediately x any health and safe issues which he observed.

• a ended mee ngs with the depot managers to discuss Mr Hayter’s compliance measures.

• signed-o on updated work health and

safe policies prepared by Mr Hayter.

• directed supervisors to chase-up any workers who disregarded safe ins uc ons provided by their respec ve depot manager.

• promptly responded to health and safe issues irrespec ve of the  expense.


e steps taken by the director in Miller demons ates that an o cer will comply with their du of care if they take a proac ve approach to ensure properly quali ed and experienced managers are employed to implement an WHS management system, even if the system may fail on a par cular occasion. e fact that Mr Doble was ac vely receiving informa on about the e ec veness of the opera ons and how Mr Hayter was managing the processes in place, was


On the day of the incident, a worker was killed a er an explosion resulted om using a highly vola le cleaning spray and a high pressure water spray gun to remove the remaining resin solu on om the tank.

e evidence was that an audit of the site would have revealed that the depot had con nued to use a spray that they had been informed was too dangerous and should be discon nued.

Although Mr Ritchie was based in New Zealand and, like Mr Doble in Miller, had relied heavily on the General Manager, as well as the depot managers at each facili , to keep him informed about the day-to-day opera ons of the business, he had failed to exercise “all due diligence” to prevent Owens om breaching its health and safe du under OH&S laws. In par cular, Mr Ritchie had failed to:

M will comply with their duty of care if they take a proactive approach to HS fail on a particular occasion.”

su cient for him to discharge his du of care.

is approach can be con asted to the earlier NSW decision of Inspector Ken Kumar v David Aylmer Ritchie (Ritchie which involved a similar s uctured business to Miller. In Ritchie, a company director was successfully prosecuted under the former occupa onal health and safe (OH&S) amework following an explosion at one of the company’s wash bay facili es which resulted in the death of an employee.

At the me of the incident, Mr Ritchie was a director of Owens Container Services Aus alia P Ltd (Owens) which repaired, cleaned and stored shipping containers and tanks.

As part of its business, Owens operated mul ple tank wash bay facili es along the East coast of Aus alia.

• obtain informa on about the nature of the business and the speci c risks involved with opera ng a wash facili and to ensure that a risk assessment had been undertaken for that process.

• verify the quali ca ons of the General Manager and Human Resources Manager appointed to oversee safe at the facili when they did not hold such quali ca ons.

• seek expert advice to mi gate the risks and ensure the safe of workers on site.

• ensure health and safe o cers with appropriate aining were employed.

• ensure safe audits were conducted by a person with proper aining.

• ensure safe concerns were brought to his a en on following three serious injuries in the wash bay facili during the previous year.

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At the end of last year, Andrew Whyte joined The Baden Davis Crane Connection. Andrew’s role

FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS ANDREW HAD HIS own crane hire business Andrews Crane Hire, so he knows well the challenges crane hire businesses face.

“I ran my own crane hire business, Andrews Crane Hire, for a decade. We operated a few Frannas, slew cranes and Maedas and we mainly focused on pe ochemical work in Sydney. Late last year we decided to close the company down. It seemed like a good me to move the machines on and y something new and I jumped at the opportuni to join Anthony and Ben at e Crane Connec on,” said  Andrew.

“I have a couple of roles within the business, I am managing the dry hire machines and I’m also working on new and used crane sales for the TIDD, Kobelco and Link-Belt brands. e eet management is fairly s aigh orward, I’m overseeing the dry hire machines that come in and out of the yard,” he said.

Andrew goes on to discuss the hands-on experience he brings to the business and what customers can expect to see om him.

“I bring a lot of general crane hire knowledge which I think will help customers with the familiarisa on of a crane. ere was a bit of a gap here in terms of crane experience. Ben and his team are very mechanically focused with servicing and crane repairs and Anthony does a great job with new and used crane sales. My role and experience lls the gap between the two,” said Andrew.

“Customers will quickly understand that I have been in their shoes in terms of running a crane hire business and opera ng cranes on a regular basis. My approach to selling will be di erent, everything can sound perfect on paper, but we all know that isn’t always the reali . My conversa ons are around the features and

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bene ts of the crane and how these can prac cally bene t the customer,” he said.

Working with Anthony on crane sales is going to signi cantly bene t the customer, says Andrew.

I’ve worked for and with a number of crane people in the past and if they were to ring and say, “What are your thoughts on this model?” My answers will probably be slightly di erent to Anthony’s. He will price the crane easier than I can and he’ll have his nger on approximate ETAs. My approach is more likely to cover what does and doesn’t need to be done to the crane so we’ll work together to provide the customer with the best solu on we can,” he said.

Although he only been with the Crane Connec on for a short me Andrew is pleased with the way things are going.

“Sales on the new machines have been good and we are sending out lots of quotes. I am also busy interac ng with customers on the eet side of the business we’ve had a lot of cranes in and out of the yard which is also been good. Most of the eet work is with customers that have their cranes in for repairs, servicing or refurbishing and they dry hire a machine whilst that is happening.

“I pre much work across most elements of the business. I’m a cketed crane operator and another part of my role I really enjoy is tes ng the cranes. Once Ben and his team have put a crane through a ten-year inspec on or major refurbishment for example, I’ll work with the third par engineer spending the day tes ng the crane. I also help the team put the cranes together when they arrive in the yard. We did this recently with the Kobelco crawler which went to Borger Crane Hire. It’s always good to get your hands on the tools,” he said.

Andrew is happy to be working with quali brands and quali product.

“It’s a pleasure to be working with brands like Tidd, Kobelco and Link Belt. TRT, the manufacturer of the Tidd pick and carry takes a very innova ve approach to the design, engineering and manufacturing of its products and this is re ected in the launch of the new Tidd PC28-3G,” he said.

TRT has cons ucted the TIDD PC283G using the highest quali components, priori sing safe and performance throughout its design and incorpora ng

class-leading features including the Euro 6 Cummins Engine, the highest emission con ol diesel engine available with signi cantly more horsepower. is development has been driven by the new Aus alian Design Rules (ADR), which take e ect on July 1, 2024. e acceptable emissions levels for mobile pick and carry cranes are going to be updated again and will need to be at least Euro 5 compliant. TRT has gone a step further by releasing the PC28-3G crane with a Cummins engine, which is Euro 6 compliant.

e PC28-3G is powered by a 6.7-li e 320 horsepower (238kw) inline six Cummins ISB6.7 engine, cer ed to the world’s toughest on-highway diesel emission standard, Euro 6, which achieves near-zero emissions. Cummins designs, develops, and supports every component om the air intake to the exhaust a er eatment to work as an integrated system –working to op mise every func on.

“Sales on the new machines have been good and we are sending out lots of quotes. I am also busy interacting with customers on
of the yard which is also been good.”

e Cummins ISB6.7 comes equipped with leading-edge technology to provide key opera onal bene ts. is engine delivers excep onal performance, with the reliabili and durabili expected om Cummins. Whatever your applica on, the ISB6.7 will provide a low-cost opera on and maximum up me.

With the 18.65m full power boom, a 75 per cent sta onary chart for heavy li s and a 66 per cent pick and carry chart, the TIDD PC28-3G packs a massive punch. Made om high-tensile steel, telescope sec ons one and two are fully synchronised and provide hook compensa on. Telescope sec ons three and four are independently operated with their own hydraulic cylinder. With a 28t maximum li on the lug and 27.6t on the hook block, the TIDD PC283G delivers outstanding li ing capaci es for improved e ciency and greater li op ons, se ng a new benchmark in the

indus y. Moving om the sta onary chart to the pick and carry chart is as simple as turning o the hold brake. Operators can now li more and move more safely without  compromise.

Andrew is also happy to be working with the Kobelco product.

“ e Kobelco range of crawlers is also proving to be very popular with customers. Most of the customers are pricing a new crane for a project they are working on, and they will base the cost of the crane over the dura on of that project. In many instances, customers have been surprised at just how cost e ec ve Kobelcos can be and how quickly we can deliver them.

“When you factor in the performance of the Kobelcos, operator acceptance, ansportabili , and li ing charts you can see why they are so popular in the indus y and why customers con nue to invest in the brand,” said Andrew.

Andrew is happy to be working with leading brands like Tidd, Kobelco and Link-Belt.


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North East Link Crane Operator Shauna Burgess discusses the enhanced safety features on the Franna MAC25 cranes customordered by the Spark Consortium to help deliver Victoria’s largest road infrastructure project.

COMING OUT OF SCHOOL, SHAUNA BURGESS knew she was a hands-on person and, whatever she decided to do, she knew that it was going to be prac cal.

Originally pursuing a career as a panel beater, things didn’t pan out as she’d hoped. So, at the age of 30, she drew inspira on om her uncle who worked with cranes, packed her bags, and headed to the South Aus alian cons uc on indus y. Her experience in the crane indus y since has le one resounding

message: it was the best decision she’d made. Star ng out as a Franna crane operator, she indicates the prac cal and dynamic nature of opera ng pick and carry cranes was something that, simply, kept her days interes ng.

“Opera ng Franna cranes is a lot of fun,” she says. “As an operator, you bounce around the site mee ng everyone because you’re very in demand.

“You don’t just sit in one place and li things repe ously; the work is

he first o the o r enhan e s has een s assem ing a t nne oring ma hine

consistently varying and keeps the job highly engaging.”

Now pushing 10 years in the crane indus y, Shauna has operated cranes up to 60-tonne all across Aus alia, such as being a FIFO operator for gas projects in Queensland and Northern Territory, working in a desalina on plant in South Aus alia and, recently, helping to do preliminary works on Victoria’s Me o Tunnel. Today, she’s opera ng on the North East Link Project being delivered by the Spark Consor um, working in Melbourne’s North East to help assemble tunnel boring machine components at the Project’s Watsonia launch box. Having worked for over a month on a project that is crea ng 10,000 new jobs, taking 15,000 ucks o the road each day and cu ng avel mes by up to 35 minutes, she laughs that it’s nice to be outside and in the light of day again. What’s even nicer for Shauna and her riggers are the improved safe features the Spark Consor um chose to invest in towards the back end of

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2023, including a 360-degree camera, an enhanced safe radar and the inclusion of Robway telema cs on four of its Franna MAC25s.

“ ese new features eliminate any poten al prospect of people accidentally pushing the limit of what the cranes are designed to do,” she says. “ ey make the crane safer for anyone opera ng it, whether they’re seasoned campaigners or younger people who have just entered the indus y.”

In the process of delivering the twin 6.5km, three-lane tunnels, a split interchange at Lower Plen Road and Manningham Road and new ancillary in as ucture to support the upgraded eeway and tunnel network, the Spark Consor um is commi ed to delivering on its Health and Safe vision of leaving the indus y be er than it was when the joint venture found it. A cen al part of this is keeping the interac ons between people and plant to an absolute minimum; for Shauna, this is exempli ed by the 360-degree camera system installed in her  MAC25.

“ e birds-eye view helps take the s ess out of being aware of my surroundings,” she says. “Of course, I’ve got my two riggers keeping lookout for me, but some mes people accidentally end up in the wrong spot at the wrong me: with this 360-degree camera, I can always see what’s going on around me, and I’m always aware of how much room I have for ar cula on and movement.”

e 360-degree camera isn’t the only safe feature making life easier for Shauna and her riggers. Also enhancing the opera onal safe of her Franna MAC25 is the enhanced safe radar that was installed at the start of this year on the back of a bespoke request om the Spark Consor um. Conduc ng high-risk work in con ned environments in undula ng, hilly, earthy terrains presents a lot of room for danger to work its way in; however, the safe radar counters a lot of that risk, according to Shauna.

“It’s a really prac cal system to use,” she says. “It derates the further you push it and alerts you if it gets a hint the machine is approaching its rela ve capaci according to boom extension, ar cula on, and slope.”

“ e crane alerts you instantly if something feels like it’s about to go wrong,” she con nues. “Opera ng a Franna, there’s so many moving parts to the job, and the alerts and alarms systems  go a long way to ensuring that every one of those moving parts are paid due a en on.”

As discussed in the February issue of Cranes and Li ing, all four of the MAC25s were also ed with the Robway telema cs system. O ering the resource alloca on bene ts of seeing a machine’s idle me and usage levels to see if it is performing as required in its established scenario, the telema cs system installed

on the MAC25 also comes with an added safe element: if the Franna is in the red zone, supervisors are instantly informed via email. As an operator, Shauna hasn’t faced this scenario – but, for her, it’s an ex a safe net that can only help, especially with younger people coming onto the job.

Because, ul mately, for Shauna and the Spark Consor um, there’s only one way to get their scope of work done as e ciently as possible: and that’s as safely as possible.

“ ere’s a heightened level of safe in these cranes,” she says, “and that can never be a bad thing, because everyone deserves to go home safely at the end of their working day.”

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“WE CERTAINLY HAVE SEEN A SIGNIFICANT increase in the of mobile plant and equipment over the last 12 to 18 months. We’ve been examining the ends that might be causing the increase but there doesn’t seem to be much real rhyme or reason to the  increase.

“ e increase is involving all pes of machinery, predominantly small to medium, but there have been some large pieces of kit stolen. ere seems to be more ac vi in and around organised crime and gangrelated the . e machinery is being stolen opportunis cally om environments where there is a lack of securi , no CCTV cameras and a lack of vigilance om sta and owners who are not protec ng the equipment appropriately,” said George. ere are issues with the machinery as well, with George saying many pes having common keys.

“Having common keys is a problem. You can buy a set of 41 keys of di erent pes of makes and models for less than $50 on eBay, it’s an indus y-wide issue. e in oduc on of keypad igni ons instead of keys would be  useful.

“ ere is also a lack of GPS acking devices being ed and a lack of vigilance in terms of owners and sta securing machines overnight. ey should be tucked into corners with larger equipment ‘boxing’

them in, or posi oned in a way that makes it impossible for thieves to steal them.

“Obviously, this disturbing end is pu ng a lot of pressure on customers and there is a signi cant loss of business as a result of the . It is also applying a lot of pressure on insurance companies like UAA as costs con nue to increase,” he said.

Alarmingly, George es mates the increase in the s to be around 30 per cent across Aus alia.

“We es mate the increase to be around 30 per cent and it’s across the coun y. Victoria would be the worst, then Queensland, followed by New South Wales. Some of the the s may be related to the mo ves of business owners who are feeling nancial pressure with interest rates, in a on and xed interest rates star ng to come o and will con nue to come o as the year progresses,” he said.

George explains how the increase is going to be re ected in insurance premiums.

“ e ongoing increase in claims costs is certainly having an impact on premiums one way or another, either as an individual policy and or pool of insurance premiums, and par cularly if we don’t have the abili to recover these machines. Some mes you can recover them and o set the recovery costs against the claim, but if the machine is not found and there’s no recovery,

that’s a 100 per cent loss on insurance and insurance por olios. In turn, there is no op on but to increase rates or look at other ways to mi gate losses by reducing certain covers. Encouraging customers to mi gate their losses or mi gate as best as they can is important, but the increase in the is certainly going to have an impact on premiums,” said George.

George explains how customers can mi gate against the risk and what sort of measures they should be taking.

“To prevent a thief, you have to think like a thief, so look at how a piece of mobile

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plant could be stolen and mi gate against that as much as possible. In other words, consider what would you do to steal it, and then look to alterna ve mi ga on and deterrent s ategies to prevent that the . All the machines in the eyes of the common person, in essence, look similar - with many being the same/similar pe of s ucture and colour. Owners who invest to colour code equipment in their company colours present a greater deterrent.

“ at way if the machines are stolen, they are more iden able. Otherwise, it’s just another yellow machine that’s disappeared and there are tonnes of them driving or being ailered up and down roads and eeways every day and people are none of the wiser. If you paint or wrap machines, which is a more cost-e ec ve approach these days, it makes for more of a deterrent for thieves because it’s far more iden able.

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registered, then certainly register it through the Personal Proper Securi es Register. ere is evidence that less the occurs to registered vehicles/machines. A number of companies in the indus y are implemen ng dual GPS units where one is visible, with one being a decoy and the second unit hidden further in the machine. ieves will make every e ort to locate a GPS and will nd a way to remove it. ey o en take the path of less resistance and remove the decoy and then feel sa s ed they have mi gated their own risk. However, by hiding a second unit, there is a chance the thieves won’t look further for another and you/we then have a chance to ack the machine,” said George.

“But the main point is to plan against the in the rst place. ere are other simple technologies such as vandalism and the proof covers, where you x lockable wire mesh or wire metal plates across doors

lock the con ol systems. ese are small investments and with planning and ex a me they will save a lot of money in the long  run.

“I know people are busy and there is an ‘It won’t happen to me, or ‘she’ll be right’ a tude, as all my machines are always going to be there when I come back, or there’s a lack of concern om the sta member leaving the machine as it’s not their asset.’ It’s those mes where the next morning you turn up and your machine’s been stolen.

“When you get that li le intui ve voice in you to perhaps double check something, you’re be er o spending the ex a me at the end of the workday to posi on the machine where it’s di cult for it to be removed. Park another large machine in ont of it or use building materials to make it di cult for a thief. ose ex a few minutes could save you om the loss of the

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Workplace safety is a critical

workers but also their .

THE RECENT MINE COLLAPSE IN BALLARAT, Victoria, that resulted in the agic death of a 37-year-old, and le a 21-year-old with life threatening injuries, serves as a horrible reminder of the importance of safe in this cri cal indus y. Although deaths in mining have fallen over recent decades, in the years 2018-2023 an average of eight miners lost their lives every year. is is stark reading. However, in researching this ar cle I found that on average 180 workers lose their lives each year in Aus alia – with the highest

number being in Cons uc on (31 lives lost in 2023) and Agriculture, Fishing and Fores y (21). It’s hard to comprehend. It is essen al that we take all necessary measures to prevent such incidents om happening, but it is a igger to remember that safe is not just about having a paper ail – or being able to point to a cer cate on a wall in the recep on area. It’s uly about fostering safe culture, whereby sta and stakeholder concerns can be easily and comfortably raised and where the well-being of workers is the top priori .

e Li ing Equipment Engineers Associa on (LEEA) plays a crucial role in promo ng safe to the indus y ver cals we support, including to our partners in the mining indus y. LEEA’s vision is to create a li ing and height safe indus y which has eliminated accidents, injuries and fatali es. Sure, Li ing Equipment is only one aspect of safe working, but it stands as a beacon in which safe culture can shine. We uly believe zero injuries is a lo but achievable goal that can be realised through aining, collabora on, networking and guidance.

LEEA, as the global ade associa on represen ng companies involved in the design, manufacture, hire, repair, refurbishment, maintenance and use of li ing equipment, provides documenta on and aining to its members to ensure  they adhere to the highest standards of safe and their membership of LEEA provides them a network of likeminded, safe focused peers to share and collaborate with on new thinking.

At LEEA’s Li Ex Gold Coast 2024, we will be highligh ng advancements in technology and safe om some of the leading brands and professionals at the fore ont of this incredible  indus y.

Li Ex will include speakers highligh ng safe prac ce and new products, and give me to a endees to network and collaborate on new ideas. IN FOCUS / LIFTING EQUIPMENT ENGINEERS ASSOCIATION (LEEA) May 2024 CAL / 33
LEEA’s Regional Manager Justin Boehm. Image: Prime Creative.

Research conducted by LEEA has revealed that a common cause behind many li ing equipment-related incidents is the failure to iden fy defects and risks prior to use. LEEA’s aining programs are designed to equip indus y technicians with the knowledge and skills to inspect li ing equipment thoroughly during statutory and periodic inspec ons. is is a crucial step in ensuring the safe of all workers, not just in mining, but in the o shore Oil and Gas, In as ucture, Ports and Mari me and Cons uc on indus ies. e importance of these indus ies to the Aus alain economy cannot be overstated and safe has, and will, con nue to be a major priori . However, the consequences of failed equipment in these indus ies can be, and is o en, catas ophic, resul ng in accidents, injuries, and fatali es. It is essen al that companies in these indus ies take all necessary measures to ensure the safe of their workers.

e recent mine death in Ballarat serves as a wake-up call for the importance of safe across all indus ies and LEEA s ives to play a crucial role in promo ng safe use of li ing equipment – but also to help guide the wider communi s iving to avoid these agedies into the future. We look forward to welcoming you at LEEA’s Li Ex event on the Gold Coast to hear about cri cal advancements in safe in your  indus y.

* Recently, Aus alian li ing and rigging equipment wholesaler Austli became a Silver Sponsor for the Li Ex 2024 event, using the occasion to showcase its products.

e event is one that key stakeholders need to mark their calendars for, as it is set to “rede ne indus y standards”.

“As the indus y eagerly an cipates Li Ex on the Gold Coast in 2024, it is clear that this event will be a milestone, bringing together indus y professionals om around the world to explore new technologies and best prac ces in li ing equipment,” said Jus n.

Li Ex 2024 is set to take place on September 12 and 13 at the Event Cen e, Star Hotel, on Aus alia’s Gold Coast. For more informa on on sponsorship, a endance, and exhibi ng, enquire with LEEA at

“At LEEA’s LiftEx Gold Coast 2024, we will be highlighting advancements in technology and safety from some of the leading brands and professionals at the forefront of this incredible industry.” IN FOCUS / LIFTING EQUIPMENT ENGINEERS ASSOCIATION (LEEA) 34 / CAL May 2024
LEEA’s LiftEx Gold Coast 2024 will highlight advancements in technology and safety in the lifting industry.


Ropes Technology Corporation has been providing wire rope solutions and related services for over 40 years. With the large amount of stock and inventory it holds in Singapore, Ropes Technology Corporation is able to service the Australian and N .

INCORPORATED IN 1984, ROPES Technology Corpora on provides wire ropes and related services to numerous indus ies including Oil and Gas, Mining, Mari me and the Building and Cons uc on sectors, focusing on crane wire ropes for the South East Asian  territories.

Ropes Technology Corpora on represents leading brands including WIRECO, Casar, Diepa, Python, Oliveira, Bridon-Bekaert, ArcelorMi al, Tesac Shinko, KISWIRE, DSR and Youngwire in the South East Asian Territories. Addi onal wire rope related services include mechanical splicing, proof load tes ng, des uc on tes ng and installa on of special fast connec ng sockets, especially on Liebherr, Terex Demag, Grove cranes and more. All in-house installed end ngs will be tested before leaving Ropes Technology’s facili . Kenny Tan, Business Development Manager at Ropes Technology Corpora on, says the company’s business philosophy is based on suppor ng their customers with high levels of compe vely priced stock and providing e cient turnaround mes so that customer orders are ready for mely deliveries.

“We are very focused on customer support and are responsive to the needs of our customers. We have approximately 2,000 tonnes of steel wire crane ropes in our inventory, and we are able to service those customers who require ready stocks for urgent replacements. For example, recently we had 18 reels of wire ropes for Kobelco and Sumitomo crawler cranes that

were cut, packed and ready for shipment within three days a er receiving the order om a customer in a neighbouring coun y,” he said.

“With 40 years of experience on crane wire ropes, we have a vast amount of hands-on experience providing wire rope solu ons for our customers. We understand the challenges our customers face, and we are more than happy to share these experiences with them and help them oubleshoot ropes’ problems, especially on the life span of ropes, ropes’ behaviour and the suitabili of di erent ropes for di erent pes of cranes,” said  Kenny.

“Further, in this era of digi sa on and e-commerce, we can s ll be well connected to our regional customers even

Images: from Ropes Technology Corporation.

though we may be apart geographically. So even om Singapore, we are able to communicate e ec vely with our customers and serve them with their wire ropes needs,” he said.

With the above s engths and advantages, Ropes Technology Corpora on looks forward to building ui ul partnerships and being of service to customers who need wire rope supplies. IN FOCUS / ROPES TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION 36 / CAL May 2024
A portion of Ropes Technology Corporation’s 2000 tonnes of crane wire rope inventory in the Singapore warehouse. A 500 tonne capacity Terex all terrain drove to Ropes Technology Corporation’s workshop for an immediate rope change with button and load tested, all managed in a turn around of 3 hours.


The globally-renowned manufacturer of modular lifting beams has released its latest design .

MODULIFT SAYS A RECENT REDESIGN OF its Trunnion Spreader Beams has produced a lighter range that enhances cost savings.

e UK-based manufacturer of modular spreader beams ini ally in oduced the Trunnion Spreader Beams design to the market in 2015, which took the li ing world by storm thanks to a shackle- ee design that reduces rigging me and costs and enhances safe . Being taken up by the o shore indus y as well as oil & gas, renewable energy, nuclear, cons uc on and logis cs, the new design is a by-product of “me culous” advanced nite element analysis, according to

Engineering Manager at Moduli , Harshal Kulkarni.

“ e geome ically non-linear unnions undergo valida on through leading technical engineering so ware, ensuring a robust and e ec ve design,” he said. “ e Trunnion demons ates Moduli ’s commitment to innova ve design engineering. DNV has approved the design methodology, adhering to indus y standards Eurocode 3, DNVCG-0127, DNV-RU-SHIP Pt.3 Ch.7, and DNV-RP-C208.”

e new design of the Trunnion Spreader Beams requires no shackles or drop links, and is available in mul ple di erent sizes. Compa ble

with the exis ng MOD Spreader Beam range, the Trunnion End Unit is interchangeable with s uts om the MOD 110 up to the MOD 600/1000 product lines.

“ e unnion marks another milestone in our commitment to providing innova ve li ing solu ons,” said Sarah Spivey, Managing Director at Moduli . “ e improvements not only enhance the e ciency and safe of li ing opera ons but also underscore our dedica on to mee ng the evolving needs of our diverse customer base.”

Moduli ’s products are dis ibuted  across Aus alia by Bullivants and Maxirig. IN FOCUS / MODULIFT May 2024 CAL / 39
Image: Modulift.


Smithbridge Group CEO Oliver Martin discusses how the Visual Dispatch crane software helps streamline and centralise the Group’s quoting, scheduling, invoicing, and utilisation for its resources.


Universal Cranes, Universal Cranes NZ & Smithbridge Guam, Smithbridge Group possesses an abundance of resources.

In its Aus alian opera ons alone, the company possesses 10 branches playing host to 309 employees and 170 cranes. Looking across the Tasman Sea to its New Zealand division, Universal Cranes NZ contains two  branches possessing over 100 employees and 39 cranes situated in Auckland and Hamilton.

Head into the Paci c region to the Smithbridge Guam division of the business, and one nds 343 employees as well as 21 cranes opera ng across two depots to help  deliver full-service cons uc on opera ons. In all, the Group employs over 750 people and operates over 500 units of equipment in its crane hire and ansport solu ons divisions.

For the family business that was started in 1964 by John Smith and is today run by his son, Albert, this means a colossal number of moving parts in its endeavours to deliver on the Smithbridge Group promise of li ing, moving, cons uc ng, and building. With resources being u lised on a daily basis, keeping ack of what resource needs to be allocated where and who possesses what license or induc on to get the job done as well as preparing the right equipment for the right job can become a messy, paper- lled, adminis a vely intensive task. Fortunately for Smithbridge Group, and Group CEO Oliver Mar n, that en re process is automated and s eamlined through the scheduling and alloca on so ware, Visual Dispatch.

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“ roughout the en re process of quo ng our clients to invoicing them,” says Oliver, “we are constantly using Visual Dispatch so ware to s eamline our adminis a on processes.”

Visual Dispatch’s so ware details a symbio c story with the crane and rental indus y. Founded in the mid-1990’s, Visual Dispatch sought to address the oods of paperwork that crane hire companies would be drowning in to ensure they could quote, schedule, invoice, ack mesheets and monitor u lisa on e ec vely, by developing a computer so ware to cen alise the en re process. Since 2002, Visual Dispatch has been servicing Aus alian and New Zealand customers, growing based o customer feedback and internal innova on to become a so ware that focuses on op mising consistent work ows,

improving produc vi , reducing costs and increasing customer service. For Oliver an accountant by ade who has worked at Smithbridge Group for 14 years, and been Group CEO for four, Visual Dispatch has been ever-present at the company, helping to adequately quote for jobs, schedule and dispatch the right resources to the right loca ons at the right mes, before nalising the process with an invoice that seamlessly integrates with Visual Dispatch’s cloud based ERP so ware solu on.

“Visual Dispatch provides a lot of visibili for Smithbridge Group’s opera ons, whether that be through

lift at Smithbridge Group is the Visual Dispatch allocation software. Images: Smithbridge Group.

resources so that – regardless of if we’re comple ng a project such as the equipmentintensive Northern Corridor Improvements Project in New Zealand or mobilising a 25-tonne Franna in Brisbane – everyone is always appropriately cer ed and perfectly clear on what resources needs to be dispatched to what site.”

Visual Dispatch’s bene ts are threepronged: developed speci cally for the crane hire indus y, the so ware op mises the quo ng process, the crane and support equipment scheduling and dispatching process and the invoicing process. During the quo ng process, equipment packages can be standardised within the so ware to easily quote for projects – both large and small – with the abili to customise quotes to certain orders also contained within. As men oned above, Visual Dispatch was created for the crane hire indus y; and so, the so ware was designed to ensure resource alloca on and scheduling is as e cient as possible. In the so ware, companies can add new jobs to equipment and employee schedules, share resources between branches, instantly communicate job addi ons and changes with eld and o ce personnel through email and text, manage resources om a single screen

with drag and drop func onali and ack employee cer ca ons to make sure the right people are in the right spot to operate the right machinery.

Using Visual Dispatch is excep onally prac cal and intui ve, says Oliver, especially when considering the complexi and scale of some of the crane hire projects Smithbridge Group deploys its machinery on. To get the process going, one simply needs to start a docket within the so ware; om that point onwards, the docket’s informa on is permanently maintained online un l someone closes it, meaning informa on is never lost. All job hours are able to be captured and maintained by raising a cket within the portal, meaning  informa on on all machinery, equipment, and personnel is available in real me, which is something that Oliver says comes in clutch for monitoring the u lisa on of resources.

“ rough the elec onic cke ng process our crews can access their job and all informa on required on mobile devices, we can tell exactly what crane is doing what job at what me, and the informa on is always provided to us in real me,” says Oliver. “ is proves itself useful for a range of reasons, such as helping to schedule


re ec ve of Visual Dispatch’s desire to place indus y professionals within the team, enhancing its abili to support customers with implementa on, integra on and aining. For Daniel, fostering such a long, produc ve rela onship with Smithbridge Group underlines the importance of working with a team that understands customers’ objec ves and drives the success of both customer and so ware.

At the core of Daniel’s role is to ensure that customer needs are met e ciently and e ec vely. For Oliver and the Smithbridge Group team, this is something they have witnessed rsthand when the company experienced a cyber-a ack. According to Oliver, the whole team at Visual Dispatch was ex emely responsive, doing their utmost to help bring the relevant systems back online for Smithbridge Group.

“ e Visual Dispatch team has always been very responsive to us,” he says. “Dealing with the team is easy, and it’s because of their customer-cen ic a tude that they’ve created a so ware rich in func onali that’s aligned with our cloudrst IT s ategy.”

Smithbridge Group possesses a huge eet, containing large machinery such as its 600-tonne capaci Terex Demag

the electronic ticketing process our crews can access their job and all information required on mobile devices, we can tell exactly what crane is doing what job at what time, and the information is always provided to us in real time.”

for future jobs and seeing if an asset could poten ally be used elsewhere to op mise its  e ciency.”

A key driver of Visual Dispatch’s innova on is its disposi on to working as closely as possible with its customers to improve the func onali and prac cali of the so ware. In Aus alia and New Zealand, the crane scheduling so ware company is led by Na onal Manager, Daniel McBride. Having worked in the crane indus y since 2010, Daniel brings a wealth of indus y experience in day-today opera ons, accounts management and sales. Daniel’s posi on at the company is

CC2800 through to its array of pick and carry cranes. e company hires out its machinery to major projects and recently won awards such as CICA’s Photo of the Year and People’s Li of the Year (Over 20 tonnes). Behind the cranes, people, and photos, however, is the digi sed so ware solu on, Visual Dispatch, ensuring everything is adequately quoted, scheduled, dispatched and invoiced, so ci -de ning in as ucture projects are able to go ahead.

“From quo ng through to invoicing,” says Oliver, “Visual Dispatch is a holis c, enterprise-wide solu on for Smithbridge  Group.” May 2024 CAL / 41
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The global tower crane specialist’s latest crane is designed for fast-emerging global markets.

MANITOWOC POTAIN HAS LAUNCHED A new Potain crane, the MCR 625 lu ng jib tower crane, to target the Asia, Middle East, and La n American markets.

Designed at the Manitowoc factory in Zhangjiagang, China, which recently made headlines for dras cally increasing its output in 2023, the crane includes many features om the MR 618 that are common across Europe and North America. According to the manufacturer, the MCR 625 combines the “robustness” of a heavy-du lu ng jib crane with a compact  footprint, to deliver higher performance in urban environments, enabling con actors to take on larger projects in densely populated areas. Regional Product Manager for Potain, Leong Kwong-Joon, said the new Potain crane o ered the “perfect balance in power, precision, and compactness”.

“By leveraging the proven design of the MR 618 and adding design elements for fast-emerging global markets,” he said, “we are empowering con actors to tackle ambi ous projects in urban environments  with unprecedented e ciency and reliabili .”

One key feature of the Potain MCR 625 is its moveable counterweights, op mising load dis ibu on throughout the s ucture. is feature allowed Manitowoc’s engineers to design a highly compact crane with s ong li ing capabili es along the load chart and taller height under hook op ons. According to Manitowoc, the movable counterweights also ensure the crane remains well-balanced, allowing it to be erected on rela vely slim 2.45m mast sec ons for be er on-site logis cs and to facilitate installa on on jobsites with limited space.

e MCR 625 can work with one or two-fall reeving for faster hoist speeds and be er produc vi . e new Potain crane holds a one-fall maximum capaci of 17.5 tonnes, a speci ca on that is nearly doubled when con gured for two-fall opera on where it achieves 32-tonnes.

e maximum jib length is 65m at which the crane can li 6.4 tonnes, enabling the crane to meet even the most demanding of high-rise project requirements.

Mounted on 2.45 by 2.45m mast sec ons, the Potain MCR 625 can be con gured with mul ple jib lengths – either 30m or 40m, and then in 5m intervals up to the maximum of 65m, providing con actors with the versa li to adapt set-up to project speci ca ons.

Even with its full 65m jib, the crane avels in just 11 uckloads, minimising ansporta on costs and logis cal  challenges.

e MCR 625 o ers a choice of three hoists for further exibili , all equipped with 603m of wire rope.

e crane will be sold across Asia, Aus alia and New Zealand, A ica, the Middle East, and La n America.

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so ware has facilitated a ball mill exchange using SPMTs and casse e towers at an alumina re nery in Aus alia.

e ball mill needed to be replaced due to its age, but located at the very cen e of one of the largest alumina re neries in Aus alia, the jobsite presented ex eme di cul es – with access limited due to the narrow clearances. By employing its proprietary Move3D engineering so ware in combina on with adi onal 2D drawings, Mammoet engineers me culously planned every aspect of the opera on, taking into account the mill’s challenging loca on with ght clearances and limited access.

e use of hydraulic cranes or gan ies was not suitable due to the spa al limita ons of the plant. In lieu of this, Mammoet developed a solu on using a ‘jack and pack’ system, deploying SPMTs and s ategically posi oning casse e towers, with four internal towers placed on the SPMTs and four external towers posi oned on the ground adjacent to the ailers. By adding or removing jacking casse es, the team could con ol the height of the mill by redis ibu ng the load between the internal and external towers via the SPMT’s hydraulic suspension.

e process commenced with the removal of the aging mill. e internal casse e towers were pre-assembled to a speci c height on the SPMT, which was

then manoeuvred underneath the mill and then raised un l the mill was clear of its founda on. Leveraging the steering capabili es of the SPMT, the mill was then ansported o site, naviga ng congested areas. To complete the replacement, Mammoet reversed the process and installed the new ball mill.

Mammoet was able to complete the project in the live plant with minimal disrup on to the ongoing work; a big part of this came down to the Move3D engineering so ware. With no as-built drawings available of the plant, Mammoet u lised a point cloud scan provided by the customer to generate an accurate representa on of the plant in its current

state within Move3D, facilita ng a comprehensive visualisa on of the en re opera on. Liam Bradburn, Mammoet’s Engineering Manager, underscored the role of Mammoet’s Move3D so ware in enabling  the safe and successful replacement of the mill.

“ e customised ‘jack and pack’ system allowed us to manoeuvre the mill in and out of the live plant,” he said, “with minimal disrup on to the exis ng in as ucture and ongoing produc on.”

he s a e was e treme onfine in the plant, limiting the lifting equipment

Mammoet could use to conduct its operations – hence the SPMTs and cassette towers.

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Above left to right: Mammoet’s 3D visualisation of the ball mill exchange allowed it to complete engineering works before setting foot on the plant; Turning visions into reality. Images: Mammoet.
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South Australian crane hire company Urban Crane Hire recently took delivery of a second Tadano City Crane, a GR-200EX. Since starting in 2022, owner Sam Marshall has been delighted with the growth of the business and the performance of Tadano.

SAM HAS BEEN A CERTIFIED CRANE operator since 2010 and gained experience across a wide range of cranes during this me. He has worked for most of the major crane companies in Adelaide over the years, developing a great reputa on along the way.

Urban Crane Hire specialises in the installa on of commercial and residen al glass as well as s uctural steel placement and steel cons uc on in and around the greater Adelaide area. In July 2022 Sam purchased the rst new crane for the Urban Crane Hire eet. e Tadano GR-130EX was the founda on machine for the business.

“ e Tadano GR GR-130EX was the rst crane I owned. I have always wanted to back myself in this indus y and I knew I had the skill set and drive to make it work. Ini ally I was working om my ont lawn, but things got busy quickly. I took on a rigger pre much immediately and within six months we had nine, and we now have a team of 13.

“I also took the opportuni to purchase a number of mini crawlers and specialised glass handling equipment, which led to our move into our own dedicated crane opera ng base in Wing eld last year,” said Sam.

Coinciding with this move, Sam began exploring the opportuni to

Image: Urban City Cranes. With Tadano City Cranes you can be on site, set up and i ting within fi e min tes he are good lifters with plenty of reach, good on the road and excellent allrounders.

purchase a larger crane to support the Tadano GR-130EX. In early December 2023 Sam commi ed to his second new Tadano to bolster the eet and a new GR-200EX Ci Crane was on its way.

Late January saw the delivery of the new crane into the Urban Crane Hire eet. e GR-200EX has been named ‘Gary the Goat’.

e Tadano GR-130EX ci crane has a li ing capaci of 13 tonnes and features a compact and highly manoeuvrable design which enables operators to complete jobs more e ciently compared to other, bulkier alterna ve models. e compact carrier

e six sec on, full power telescoping boom features two telescopic cylinders and when fully extended, the boom reaches a length of 23.8m and only 5.3m when fully re acted. e li ing radius is 23.2m and the compact dimensions are impressive, with the ci crane measuring 7.54 m in length, 2m in width and 2.81 m in height.

e Tadano GR-220EX 20t capaci Ci Class crane is compact with a big reach. Speci cally designed for Aus alian condi ons, this bubble crane can make light work of rough terrain and access even the most res icted setup areas. Tadano’s AML-E monitors the extended length of the ou igger and automa cally programs the corresponding rated li ing capaci es.

e Tadano GR-200EX can work and be mobile with a load on its rubber res, making it a very versa le crane. On ou iggers it is ideal for unloading ucks, erec ng s uctures and li ing air condi oning units. It is also well suited for set up in the driveways of residen al proper es and can li spas without a problem. With a telescopic main boom length of 28m and a 5m y extension, the GR 200EX ci cranes will meet most project requirements.

Sam talks about the performance of the GR-130EX and why he likes the Tadano brand.

“ e GR-130EX has been excellent for us, I can’t knock its performance at all. I went with Tadano because I’ve

“The Tadano GR-220EX 20t capacity City Class crane is compact . S A .

can smoothly manoeuvre in narrow spaces with asymme ical ou iggers o ering maximum stabili . Standard features include HELLO-NET, a telema cs system that supports crane management with details on opera onal status, posi on and maintenance.

driven Tadano Ci Cranes for the last 12 years with my previous employers. In all that me, I haven’t had any major issues with them, so I’m basically s cking to what I know.

“From my perspec ve, the key features and bene ts of the Tadano Ci 48 / CAL May 2024 IN FOCUS / TADANO AND URBAN CITY CRANES
Image: Tadano. Steve Lazenby, Tadano’s Sales Manager for South Australia and Urban Crane Hires’ owner, Sam Marshall.

Cranes are their abili to get into a li ing posi on even if access is ght. ey are also very handy for house jobs and smaller commercial li s with ght access,” said Sam.

e ease of use on the machine in rela on to setup and opera on was another key factor. On top of this, the quali of build and reliabili made it an obvious  choice.

“ e ci cranes are really quick to setup. You can be on site, set up and li ing within ve minutes. e GR-130EX is also a good li er with plen of reach, it’s good on the road and is just a really good allrounder,” said Sam.

“On the s ength of its performance we were keen to add another ci crane to cope with all the work we have. I spoke to Steve Lazenby, Tadano’s Sales Manager for South Aus alia who I’ve known for some me, he’s a terri c guy very experienced with Tadano and a smart operator. We spoke about having slightly more capaci with the second crane and he recommended the Tadano GR-200EX.

“We took delivery of the new crane in January and already we can see it’s going to be a great asset for the business. Obviously, it has more capaci and reach but it is s ll really compact and highly manoeuvrable. I’ve always been impressed with Tadano product and the reliabili that comes with it, and we are con dent our new GR-200EX will be no di erent,” said Sam.


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Emerald Carrying Company (EEC) is a leading logistics and freight provider based in Emerald, in the Central Highlands Region of Queensland, which recently took delivery of a new Tidd PC28-2.

ECC Managing Director, Greg Haylock provides the background to the purchase.


200 drivers, ECC provides a range of logis cs services and specialist skills in General Freight and Bulk Liquids Dangerous Goods ansporta on. Monaro Fuel Haulage operates alongside ECC as part of the Bulk Liquids Group, covering Brisbane and South East Aus alia. e company was started in 1965 by Greg’s parents.

“My father and mother, Bill and Joan Haylock started the business back in 1965. We were a general carrier business opera ng out of Emerald and servicing local indus y,” said Greg.

“By the mid 70’s we were delivering eight to and om Brisbane and in 1974, we started anspor ng fuel and Dad developed that into one of the biggest family operated fuel carriers in Aus alia. As the business grew, Dad was receiving enquiries regarding cranage and he bought his rst crane, a six tonne capaci BHP.

We’ve had cranes in the business ever since,” said Greg.

Greg joined the business in 1978.

“Having been around the business as a youngster, I joined as an appren ce

mechanic, or diesel er today. I wanted to get a ade rst and the appren ceship gave me the opportuni to really learn about the business om the ground up. For be er or for worse, I am s ll here. Today we operate

Brendan ‘Cookie’ Cook hands over the Tidd PC28-2 to Greg Haylock, MD of Emerald Carrying Co. The Robway Tidd crane operating software has been upgraded with improved functionality. This enables faster processing and greater control responsiveness for the Tidd PC28-2 operator.

100 ucks, employ 200 drivers and have three pick and carry cranes to support these opera ons, a 14 tonne and 20 tonne Franna and the new 28 tonne capaci Tidd PC28-2.

“ e role of the pick and carry cranes has evolved with the business, it’s not our core business but it is a lucra ve add on. We hire them out to town councils, local builders and various pes of con actors and we also use them to li heavy eight when required. We have two operators, and we basically use the 14 tonner as a backup,” said Greg.

Greg goes on to discuss the background leading up to the purchase of the Tidd  PC28-2.

“We have a depot in Ly on which isn’t far om the TRT Aus alia opera on. I drove past and saw the Tidds in the yard. I was interested and stopped and spoke to Brendan ‘Cookie’ Cook asked some ques ons, took away some informa on and then asked owners about their experiences with the Tidd. Everyone was full of praise and couldn’t speak highly enough of the Tidd and TRT Aus alia. Also, there isn’t another Tidd in Emerald, so we thought we’d do something di erent,” he said.

Greg has been pleased with the performance of the Tidd PC28-2 as has his  operator.

“ e operator absolutely loves the Tidd, he says it’s a lot smoother to drive and

operate compared to the 20 tonne Franna,” he said.

Leading om the ont, TRT con nues to enhance the overall Tidd crane operator experience and performance. e upgrades to the Tidd PC28-2 are driven through TRT’s focus on con nuous improvement, with considera on of indus y and operator  feedback.

Among some of the recent improvements to the upgraded Tidd PC28-2 are its more powerful ont suspension cylinders, o ering improvements in li capaci by more than 40 per cent in some situa ons, including when the crane is ar culated and working on a side slope.

With this improvement has come an addi onal three steps on the Tidd PC282 load chart, delivering a signi cant improvement when the crane is ar cula ng. For the operator, this means that, as the crane ar culates, the rate of the load chart decrease has improved drama cally.

e Robway Tidd crane opera ng so ware has also been upgraded with improved func onali . is enables faster processing and greater con ol responsiveness for the Tidd PC282  operator.

TRT has always focused on the people when considering advancements in technology for the Tidd crane. With

The upgrades to the TIDD PC28-2 are driven through TRT’s focus on continuous improvement, with consideration of industry and operator feedback.

operator and dogman comfort cen al to the design of the Tidd crane, this Tidd PC28-2 features a re-engineered ROPS s le cabin. is has been tested with a measured reduc on in cabin noise levels by 8dBa at 80km/h when on the road.

As well as these upgrades, TRT has been focused on ensuring that Tidd customers and operators are fully supported for the life of the crane, om onboarding of operators to parts and service support Aus alia and New Zealand-wide.

Greg also had the Tidd PC28-2 ed with  TRT’s automa c air pressure monitoring system, Trac on Air, which supplies a constant air pressure of 130psi to all eight res.

“ e drivabili of the Tidd is a key feature, and we have the res ed with the automa c air pressure monitoring system. I think that’s important especially when you’re li ing and ge ng up there in the charts, you want to make sure you always have the right re pressure at all mes.”

“We are very pleased with the purchase and the inbuilt safe systems and we are also pleased with the support we have received om TRT Aus alia. e sales and delivery processes were quite seamless and with hand over, Brendan and his team were here in the yard to run everyone through the crane. ey couldn’t do enough for us,” said Greg. May 2024 CAL / 51
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Tomahawk Cranes is a Melbourne based family business owned and operated by Tom and Amy Miljko. Starting in 2018, the business recently added a Maeda MC285CB-3 M .


“A er leaving high school in 1999 I brie y entered the cons uc on indus y working for a steel fabricator. I then spent some me away, coming back to the sector in 2004. Since then, I had experience in various aspects of the cons uc on indus y. Beginning as a labourer for a crane yard, I progressed to Dogman, Rigger, then advanced through crane licenses and became skilled as a spo er and in a c management. I was also elected a Health and Safe Representa ve (HSR), as I am passionate

about safe works processes and prac ces, both on the ground and behind the con ols,” he said. “Amy has no experience with cranes, however she has a high skillset within management and business. is has enabled Tomahawk Cranes to collaborate our knowledge and grow together. Amy has shadowed and supported me over the years and has been learning the indus y as the business has progressed. Amy and I run Tomahawk Cranes, and you’ll always nd us answering the phone, taking bookings, or making onsite visits.

“I am a working director and coming om a crane operator and rigging

background, I have been observing the onsite capabili es of Maeda mini crawler cranes and admired the way they navigate and work on cons uc on sites where there is very li le room to manoeuvre, let alone li ,” he said.

Tom discusses the pes of services Tomahawk Cranes provides to its wide range of  customers.

“Our Maedas are available for dry and wet hire. Our cranes are well maintained and serviced, with annual CraneSafe inspec ons and all are recent models. We have a s ong work ethic, providing a 24/7 service for our customers.”

Amy Miljko, Michael Cawston of Pace Cranes and Tom Miljko with the new battery electric Maedas.
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“We pride ourselves on working closely with our customers to ensure we have the best li ing solu ons for each individual project. With emissions, reliabili and weight becoming key issues within the indus y, we have con nued to invest in new models as they become available. is approach is re ected with the addi on of the MC285CB-3 ba ery powered mini crawler,” he said.

While Maeda has developed hybrid elec ic diesel cranes that run on three phase power, the MC285CB-3 is its rst fully ba ery elec ic powered machine. Ba ery and ba ery charging technology

has ensured the performance of the new MC285CB-3 compares with the diesel version. Maeda has worked hard to develop the right ba ery system to achieve the same opera onal speeds as the popular diesel version and envisages the li cycle of the ba ery will be approximately nine hours, based on assumed cycle.

To charge the ba ery to 80 per cent takes two hours and 20 minutes, and for 100 per cent it takes three hours and 30 minutes. e ba ery life cycle handles up to 20,000 charges. e crane can also be run directly om the mains power via 15a and the ba ery charges as the crane

Maedas thrive in onfine s a es an the introduction of the Maeda Searcher Hook means they can work even closer to obstacles an so ts

is operated. A wireless remote con ol is standard with the model.

e new model Maeda MC285CB-3s is an ex emely compact machine capable of being driven through a doorway, and has non marking acks as standard. Tomahawk Cranes exclusively operates a eet of Maeda mini crawlers. With the addi on of the MC285CB-3 there are now six in the eet. e eet includes:

• 1 x MC285CB-3 New Ba ery machine 2.8t capaci

• 1 x MC285C diesel 2.8t capaci

• 2 x MC305C diesel 2.98t capaci

• 2 x MC405C diesel 3.83t capaci

Tom discusses the reasons why Tomahawk Cranes exclusively operates Maeda mini crawlers.

“I have always had a s ong associa on with the Maeda brand and the a er sales service and product knowledge om Michael Cawston and the team at Maeda’s Na onal Dis ibutor, Pace Cranes, is only ever a phone call away,” he said. “I had my rst in oduc on to the Maeda brand in 1999, when I was working with an early MC355HC. at crane con nues to be in opera on today which demons ates the quali and durabili of the brand.”

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Image: Tomahawk Cranes. Maeda mini crawlers reliable and rarely break down and Tomahawk Cranes believes that’s why clients continue to return.

two available enables us to keep up with the demands om customers. e in oduc on of each model has led to more growth within the business as we nd an increasing number of applica ons for our cranes,” said Tom.

“ e rapid changes occurring in the cons uc on sector, and an increasing focus on emissions with sites reducing carbon footprints, means we have to be sure we have the right capaci es, as well as low or zero emission cranes, available to meet our customers’ needs.”

“ ere is certainly a growing demand for zero emissions and Maeda is at the fore ont of ba ery powered mini crawler developments. is helps us provide customers with a safer, quieter and cleaner op on for indoor and undercover applica ons,” he said.

He goes on to discuss what he likes about his Maeda mini crawlers.

“Maeda mini crawlers are reliable and rarely break down, we believe that’s why our clients con nue to come to us. ey are a known brand with proven performance over a long period of me.

“Cons uc on sites bene t om Maeda mini crawlers suppor ng the work of larger s uctural cranes like tower cranes and mobiles as they have the abili to get

into places le behind, manoeuvre into ght and narrow workspaces and li . e variable ou igger se ngs are a key feature for this pe of li ing.

“Smaller cranes tend to be working within res icted environments where fumes and noise are not welcome. e in oduc on of these ba ery powered cranes now facilitates a cleaner and safer op on in these work environments.

“Maedas are user iendly, and we like the simplici of moving om one crane to another and om model to model. ey thrive in con ned spaces and the in oduc on of the Maeda Searcher Hook means they can work even closer to obstacles and so ts,” he said.

“Typically, our customers are working in steel fabrica on and installa on as well as glass and façade installa on. A sizeable amount of our work is cross hiring with other crane hire businesses when they are experiencing plant shortages of their own.

“Our Maedas are working in all aspects of cons uc on, domes c and commercial. We have serviced the ‘Big Build’ in Melbourne with tunnel works, glazing and curtain walls, s uctural steel both primary and secondary,” he said. “We have also been involved in level crossing removal works both elevated and underground,


Crane capacity: 2.82t x 1.4m

Max: Working radius 8.205m x .15t

Max: Lifting Height 8.7m

Features include:

- Slew angle limit setting

- Multi position outrigger mode

- Wireless radio remote control

- 4 fall / 2 fall hook block / Single fall hook. Searcher hook options

The lithium-ion battery features:

- High-capacity battery with long life

- Minimal charging time

- Continuous operation while charging

spor ng arenas, universi es, spa removals and reloca ons. e Maedas have been ideal in sensi ve heritage builds, data cen es and shopping cen es. Landmarks include Aus alia 108 – the tallest build in Aus alia – Melbourne Park, and Marvel Stadium,” said Tom.

Tom discusses the rela onship with Pace Cranes and the service received om Na onal Sales Manager, Michael Cawston.

“Michael has been with us om our rst purchase and our connec on with the Pace Cranes team gets s onger as our eet expands,” he said.

“ e Pace Cranes team has a brilliant a er sales connec on and the availabili of spare parts is almost always found on the shelf. Pace Cranes also has an excellent service division in Melbourne where most issues are discussed and resolved over the phone,” he said.

Tom explains the background to the company name.

“ e name of the business comes om three di erent angles. Firstly, my name is Tom, and I barrack for the Hawthorn Hawks, please don’t hold that against me. Secondly it was a nickname which stuck om a work colleague and nally I can’t go past a medium rare tomahawk steak,” said Tom. May 2024 CAL / 55
Image: Tomahawk Cranes.

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The XCA4000 completes its first i ts in hina



breaking its own world record for the heaviest lift at the tallest height.

XCMG HAS DEPLOYED THE WORLD’S largest all-terrain crane, the XCA4000, for the rst me to install a 6.25mW wind turbine in Hengshui, Hebei.

Working on a 200mW wind farm in Jing Coun in China’s south-east, the crane li ed a series of components in its rst li , including a 130-tonne wind turbine nacelle, a 40-tonne wheel hub and three 95m-long blades to an assembly  height of 162m. According to XCMG, these li s mark the seventh occasion that it has broken its own world record for the heaviest li at the largest height since 2010.

e XCA4000 possesses a worldleading 4000-tonne li ing capaci for allterrain cranes. Carrying its chassis on 11 axles, the world’s largest all-terrain crane possesses the capabili to li 230 tonnes of weight at a height of 170m, se ng a new benchmark for the highest and heaviest li ing capaci among wheeled cranes,

according to the manufacturer. XCMG says the crane was born out of demand for larger wind turbines, with the machine capable of installing onshore wind turbines exceeding 10mW in output.

According to XCMG, the crane is equipped with a high-performance exible boom technology that accounts for reduced li ing performance at greater heights and limited space beneath turbine li ing hooks, reducing the me required to install a wind turbine by up to 30 per cent.

Addi onally, the crane is equipped with a self-developed con ol system and ac ve safe technology featuring more than a dozen sensors on the boom, detec ng and elimina ng poten al safe hazards in  real- me.

In tandem with the XCA2000 and the XCA3000, the XCA4000 represents a signi cant shi om the Chinese manufacturer toward crea ng heaviercapaci cranes with longer reaches,

in order to be er service the next genera on  of onshore wind turbines. Cranes being speci cally designed for the wind farm indus y align with XCMG’s telescopic crawlers, the XCC2000 and XCC2600, as well as the XGL1800 tower crane – as detailed in the April issue of Cranes and Li ng.

XCMG’s latest crane developments come a er Danish renewables manufacturer Vestas released designs for onshore wind turbines with hub heights of 199m.

“ e main goal is to con nue providing solu ons outside of the conven onal op ons,” says XCMG’s ANZ Crane Manager, Stephen Broom eld. “Rather than tell wind farm developers that it can’t be done, we want to ask them how high they want to go.”

XCMG’s products are dis ibuted in Aus alia by Ronco on the West Coast and D&D Diesel on the East Coast. May 2024 CAL / 57 IN FOCUS / XCMG


Adelaide’s Fleurieu Cranes recently took delivery of a 60 tonne capacity Grove GMK3060L-1. This is the second G

Chris Leane explains more.

“WE TOOK DELIVERY OF OUR FIRST GROVE GMK3060L-1 mid last year and it has proved to be a very versa le addi on to the eet. It is ideally suited for sites with ght tolerances and with the three axles and long boom it suits our pe of work really well.

“ e rst Grove GMK3060L-1 was mobilised to work on the Project Energyconnect Interconnector for three months. It assisted on some of the fouuda on works and civil works for the ansmission tower. With the rst crane being so busy, we were keen to have a second to help with the work we have around Adelaide, like li ing pools and spas into peoples’ backyards, and we’ve got some s uctural steel work for it too. e second Grove was commissioned in mid-March and went s aight out to work,” said Chris.

e GMK3060L-1 combines compact dimensions with s ong li ing capaci es and long reach, thanks to the 48m, sixsec on MEGAFORM boom. With its addi onal 15m long hydraulic lu ng y jib, the Grove all-terrain crane can reach over obstacles easily.

e GMK3060L-1’s Hydraulic Lu ng Jib load charts are impressive, star ng at a 0 degree boom angle and going out to 40 degrees, con olled om the cab – which is ex emely useful in applica ons with ght tolerances.

e large storage space with three storage boxes on the crane itself and the extensive storage compartment in the vehicle ame allows all sorts of crane accessories to be brought along without issue and these have also received posi ve feedback.

It is the most compact crane in the 60t class: In addi on to having the shortest overall length and the lowest height, it also scores top marks for the smallest tail swing.

e new carrier cab has a modern design, which meets the latest crashtest requirements in Europe, and is ECE R29-3 approved.

Crane operators bene t om increased space within the cab, while the overall compact dimensions of the allterrain cranes remain unchanged.

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The GMK3060L-1 combines compact dimensions with strong lifting capacities and a long reach, thanks to the 48m, six-section MEGAFORM boom.

Within a 2.55m width, Manitowoc accommodates plen of features in the interior. Prac cal compartments in the dashboard, between the seats and integrated into the vehicle’s doors, o er ample space to store loose items and documents – even in A4 format. ere is further storage space between the driver and passenger seat.

e cab interior also incorporates cup holders and USB ports that allow mobile phones and other elec onic devices to be charged. An ergonomic driver’s seat with air suspension, armrests and seat hea ng comes as  standard.

User- iendliness and driver ergonomics were the priori es in the development of the new genera on of Grove carrier cabs, so an understanding of operators’ day-to-day work condi ons was essen al to the process.

e new carrier cab has a modern design, which meets the latest crashtest requirements in Europe, and is ECE R29-3 approved.

e CCS (Crane Con ol System) can be reached comfortably om a seated posi on and has been ergonomically integrated into the cab. e intui ve interface makes the operator’s job much easier as the most equently used se ngs, such as chassis level and axle locking, can be selected via the CCS. Di erent drive modes can also be chosen via the CCS screen. As all CCS displays o er the same layout and naviga on throughout the GMK model range, it is easy for operators to switch om one Grove all-terrain crane to another.

e purchase of the second Grove GMK3060L-1 is a key element of Fleurieu Crane’s s ategy of renewing the eet to provide customers with new equipment featuring the latest technology and environmental  advancements.

“In environmental terms, the 60t Grove cks a number of boxes especially when it comes to emissions. And again, the small footprint is really important being the shortest overall length and a low driving height makes it ideal for ge ng around new housing estates, for example, where they are packing them

in a lot ghter than they have done,” said  Chris.

Chris goes on to discuss the rela onship with the team at Manitowoc.

“Grove and Fleurieu Cranes have a long-standing rela onship. We have mul ple Groves in the eet ranging om the 60t through to our 400t capaci Grove GMK6400,” he said.

“ e support we receive om the Grove team is excellent. ere’s always a couple of teething issues with the rst of a new model and par cularly more so for us understanding and learning about that model. But the team have always been there for us. It’s a longstanding rela onship, which is going to con nue and blossom as they con nue to bring out new cranes with the latest

technology and features including lower  emissions.”

Reducing carbon footprints and focusing on a sustainable future are key topics for Fleurieu Cranes.

“As a business we made a decision to partner with Trees for Life and today we o set 100 per cent of fuel burn carbon emissions om all our cranes, ucks and vehicles,” said Chris.

“ e way we achieve this is we con ibute money to Trees for Life and they plant ees across the coun y. We’ve chosen this ini a ve because we want to lead the indus y in this regard and not be pushed by government to do it,” said Chris.

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The small footprint of the Grove GMK3060-1 is important, being the shortest overall length in its class. Image credits: Fleurieu Cranes.

The new carrier cab has a modern design, which meets the latest crash-test requirements in Europe and is ECE R29-3 approved.


an extensive rainwater tank system which enables us to run predominantly on rainwater, and we have installed a massive solar panel system which enables us to run almost completely on solar generated power.

“We are looking to invest again and install large indus ial ba eries which will help in our quest to get completely o the grid. For now, our eet runs on diesel, and we installed our own diesel fuelling sta on to further reduce our

“We are ISO 14001 cer ed and a key element the standard are the Environmental Management Systems we have in place,” said Chris. “We are doing everything we can to lower our carbon footprint and being ISO14001 cer ed is very, very important to us. We will examine anything that will help the environment and Trees for Life is a very s ong ini a ve for us.”.

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JOHNSON AND YOUNG CRANES HAS deployed two of its Liebherr mobile cranes to complete a series of dual li s of up to 111-tonnes, commencing the elevated rail works at the new Croydon sta on and ansport hub.

Comple ng the works as a part of the level crossing removal project within Victoria’s Big Build, JYC mobilised its LTM 1400-7.1 and LTM 1750-9.1 both in T (main boom) con gura on to place the 111-tonne L-beams onto the  crossheads. ese 31m long L-beams are the rst of 88 that will be li ed into place to form the new Croydon rail bridge, allowing for the removal of the Coolstore Road level crossing, and forming part of the new sta on.

anks to its 800-tonne li ing capaci and Y-guying op on, JYC’s LTM 1750-9.1 is a highly versa le, heavy-du all-terrain mobile crane. With a telescopic boom of 52m that can be extended to a maximum hois ng height of 152m and a maximum opera ng radius of 112m, the nineaxle machine also possesses li ing capaci tables for three wind speeds, making the crane equally applicable to both in as ucture and wind farm maintenance projects.

e LTM 1400-7.1 is equally as versa le, thanks in part to its abili to carry the complete telescopic boom, all ou iggers, and complete hoist winch with a 12-tonne axle load.

Featuring a maximum hook height of 130m and a maximum radius of 100m, the crane combines a compact nature with e cient ansporta on and e ec ve li ing capabili es.

According to the Victorian Government, the new ansport hub and sta on will be open by spring, with the Lilydale ain line set to be level crossing ee a full year ahead of schedule.

Founded in 2017, Victoria-based Johnson and Young Cranes operates across Aus alia’s East Coast, servicing the wind farm, in as ucture, and general cons uc on indus ies, with a eet ranging om its 800-tonne Liebherr through to its threetonne  Maeda.

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Powering electric tower cranes, hoists and other types of electric construction equipment is going to become increasingly sustainable, thanks to Cranepower’s CP-300 UPS. Luke O’Brien, Head of Sales for Titan Crane Power explains how quickly the Australian construction sector has adopted this new technology.

“WE’VE BEEN WORKING WITH THE Cranepower team for approximately 12 months. Titan Crane Power hosted an o cial launch event in November 2023. Since that launch, we have been inundated with inquiries. Market uptake has been wonderful, which is really pleasing.” said Luke.

“Increasingly, we are seeing the cons uc on sector moving towards environmentally sustainable cons uc on methods. is includes a move away om the adi onal diesel generators which are heavy in carbon emissions. Since November, we’ve brought across four units and there are another 48 in the pipeline moving forward,” he said.

Luke explains the lead me for projects and how he works with cons uc on companies on future  projects.

“ e indus y gives you me to plan. Cons uc on companies are tendering for projects coming up in 2025 where they are looking to incorporate sustainable power solu ons and Titan Crane Power is certainly providing those solu ons with the CP-300 UPS.

e CP-300 works by bu ering

Images: Cranepower.
CP 300 UPS provides intelligent power management for high powered electric construction machinery including tower cranes, hoists and stud welders.

the intermi ent peak loads pical of cranes and hoists, conver ng them into smaller, more manageable average loads (32A or less). is eliminates the need for large diesel generators or expensive ansformer installa ons on the cons uc on site. Engineered with the latest power conversion and ba ery technology, the CP-300 packs a serious punch with its 300kVA rated output, powerful enough to supply large tower cranes and personnel hoists. Packaged into a rugged, stainless-steel enclosure with integrated l a on and IP65 ingress protec on, the CP-300 is designed to survive the harshest cons uc on sites while supplying clean, silent, zero-emission power.

e CP-300 is a drop in, plug and play low CO2 Power solu on that o ers a range of bene ts.

“We are in a fortunate posi on where we are able to work closely with Titan Cranes & Rigging which operates a signi cant eet of 140 plus elec ic cranes – which is quite a signi cant slice of the market. Currently Titan Cranes & Rigging is ansi oning all of its diesel generators across to elec ic units,” Luke  said.

“ e high levels of interest are also a result of the uctua ng cost of diesel. is is a signi cant variable when you are cos ng projects, because you can’t determine the pricing om week to week. With Cranepower CP-300 units there is a comfort in knowing there are no variables throughout the project.” ere are considerable commercial bene ts om the CP-300 unit compared to adi onal pe diesel generators, says Luke.

“ e CP-300 is equivalent to 1 x 300kva generator, however, the unit has an output of 440amps. With a 300kva generator you would not put more than 300amps of elec ical machinery on it.

is is to avoid a lag, or a massive volt drop at the top end due to startup current draw, causing the machinery to fault or the generator to cut out.

“ e CP-300 is not a ected by startup current providing e ortless peak power, meaning most of the me the 1 x CP-300

can replace 2 x 300kva generators.  is is providing companies with great commercial bene ts both nancially, as well as knowing they are doing the right thing environmentally,” he said.

Luke goes on to explain how the Cranepower CP-300 units have been performing and the feedback he is receiving om customers.

“ e units have been performing excep onally well. e remote data logging provides a great insight into how the units are performing in real- me, which means the project manager or cons uc on manager can have access to this which takes a reading every 10 seconds and records a range of useful informa on. is includes email alerts such as- input power is lost, e-stop is pressed, low ba ery when it reaches 50% and the list goes on.”

“One of the key bene ts is that the units are feeding informa on back to their laptops or their phones and they don’t have to monitor the cranes as they

would have done previously. When reviewing the project, they can examine the data and the insights which may help when pricing new projects. It is a real game changer when it comes to this technology,” he said.

omas Pagano, Project Manager, Corona on Proper , discusses his experience with the Cranepower CP- 300.

“We were experiencing a mul tude of disrup ons and problems with the diesel generators we previously had powering our high-speed twin hoist set. A er learning about the CP300 Ba ery unit at the launch in November, we decided to incorporate it into our job in Parrama a’s CBD. Not only were we impressed by the power the unit provided, but there was also no noise or fumes, plus it was small (in comparison to a 300KVA Gen) and it provided us with constant readings on our output. During a blackout on site, the ba ery kept powering the hoists for over six hours. We were very happy with the May 2024 CAL / 63
Norbert Totzenberger, Project Manager, Titan Cranes & Rigging.

CP300 and we will certainly be using it again on future jobs, anks to Luke and the Titan Crane Power team.”

Luke highlights more key bene ts of the Cranepower CP-300.

“Obviously, key bene ts include the

reduc on of emissions and the size and the manoeuverabili of the unit is a major feature as well. When you look at the adi onal compe tor of a diesel generator, it is pically the size of a eight container weighing six to seven tonnes. e Cranepower CP-300 weighs  900 kilos and it’s 1.3 me es cubed. It’s a small agile piece of kit which you can shi around the site where and when its needed.

“Also, in the cons uc on sector, builders have been tasked with the upgrade of power grids. When there isn’t enough power or the grid hasn’t got the capaci to power the amount required by the cons uc on company,

it’s pushed back onto the cons uc on company to upgrade that grid at a cost of anywhere between $250,000 to $500,000.

“ ey don’t need to do that anymore because the input into these ba ery packs is so low, it’s 32 amps and the output is 440 amps, so they can just get a couple of these units on site and they don’t need to pay that massive amount of money upgrading the grid,” he said.

“We are really excited about the opportuni es the Cranepower CP-300 presents to the cons uc on sector and as we s ive for a more sustainable indus y, we can see signi cant opportuni es for the product,” said Luke.


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“We have con acts with several of the major mines which include the servicing of overhead cranes in the various workshops.”

Tony has been with QWEST Cranes for over 12 months and is responsible for the planning and implementa on of mining  shutdowns.

“QWEST CRANES PREDOMINANTLY operates in the mining sector, managing the craneage requirement for various  customers.

“We operate ve depots which are situated in Gladstone, Emerald, Moranbah, Rockhampton and also the Gold Coast. We also operate depots in Western Aus alia, and these are located in Kalgoorlie,

Leonora, Perth, and soon to open up in the Pilbara,” said Tony.

“We o er a range of services which include mining shutdowns, cons uc on and maintenance of wash plant, drag lines and large hydraulic mining shovels, we also specialise in mining haul uck maintenance and overhaul throughout the indus y,” he said.

“I am responsible for various disciplines required for mining shutdowns, including a lot of asset planning, background work with the customer and managing of li plans,” said Tony. “I am also responsible for the development and aining of our shutdown crews to ensure they are delivering the best service with their skill set for our clients. We are conscious that these shutdowns are very costly exercises for our customers, so we are me culous with our planning, prepara on and implementa on.”

QWEST Cranes operates 60 cranes. In terms of brands, it is a mixed eet with capaci es ranging om 15 tonnes up to 350 tonnes.

Images: QWEST Cranes. The most recent addition to the eet is a an a t a a it lattice boom crawler.

The new Sany SCC2800A 280 went from commissioning in Brisbane straight to the mine site where its first job was lifting an 85 tonne Dragline tub section for a new tub build for one of

“Our eet features several of the leading brands and we run all terrains, crawlers and pick and carry cranes. We now have two Sanys in the eet; a 60t capaci rough terrain and the new SCC2800A – a 280 tonne capaci la ce boom crawler.

“ e 60t rough terrain is opera ng over in Western Aus alia on a dry hire con act. A er it was delivered it pre much went to site and it’s been there ever since. e customer is happy because we haven’t heard anything, there have been no issues, and it has been performing really well. We were in the market for a large capaci crawler and with the performance of the rough terrain in mind, we began conversa ons with Tu Bryant Equipment and Sany about the SCC2800A. We took delivery of the crane in October of last year,” said Tony. “Basically, the crane

went om commissioning in Brisbane s aight to the mine site where its rst job was li ing an 85 tonne Dragline tub sec on for a new tub build for one of our valued customers. e sec ons were li ed om ansport and put into place and all involved were ex emely happy with its performance. Since then, it’s been pulled apart and rebuilt at four di erent mine sites servicing hydraulic shovels and drag lines,” he said.

Tony goes on to discuss the rela onship with Tu Bryant Equipment, the Na onal Dis ibutor for Sany.

“Tu Bryant Equipment have been awesome. We mostly deal with Peter Lawgall, Business Development Manager (Cranes) and he has been absolutely brilliant to deal with. His commitment to a er sales service and support is second to none and he and his team cannot be more

helpful when it comes to any technical issues we might encounter,” said Tony.

“Peter has been hands-on throughout the whole process, and we are con dent that when there is an issue, he has the answer. We are comfortable raising issues or asking him to nd a certain load chart or asking for more informa on on the cranes’ computer program – whatever it is he will come back to us. If he doesn’t have the answer, he will refer us to Neo or James om Sany and they will call and take the me to ensure a resolu on is in place. Together, the teams at Tu Bryant Equipment and Sany provide excellent levels of a er sales service and product support. I was lucky enough to venture over to China at the end of November last year and witness the Sany factory ‘up close and personal’. It was an absolute eye-opener compared to what 66 / CAL May 2024 IN FOCUS / TUTT BRYANT, SANY AND QWEST CRANES
QWEST’s valued customers.

we had seen before, they have made massive advancements in terms of product development and the implementa on of technology and automa on,” he said.

Nowhere was this clearer than in the implementa on of automa on and robo c technology throughout the factories the group visited. Sany builds the same factory over and over and they call them ‘Lighthouse Factories’ because they feature a lot of glass.

ey are enormous facili es with 80 per cent of the welds completed by robots. e steel is picked, placed and cut by robots, and then ansported on automated olleys to the next sta on. It’s  picked up by another robot, and welded by another, or dual robots if they need to do welding at the same me to prevent distor on.

“ e quali of the welding is unbelievable. In the middle of the ‘Lighthouse Factory’, there is a large s ip of grass, and it is good to see a bit of nature

in amongst all the mechanical automa on and robots. It wasn’t just one factory, we must have seen four or ve factories that were clones of each other,” said Tony.

“ e visit was a complete eye-opener om the day we turned up to the day we le . Every day they delivered more and more. You wouldn’t think a company could have so much to showcase, but the progress Sany has made over recent years is astonishing. My dealings with Sany date back 12 or 13 years when I was working for previous companies, and the product development and the implementa on of technology has come forward in leaps and bounds. In my opinion it places Sany as a real market leader,” he said.

Tony goes on to discuss the business case for purchasing Sany.

“ e amount of progress Sany has made in recent years, in terms of product development and design and manufacturing capabili es is amazing.

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In my opinion, you can no longer view Sany product as a cheap alterna ve, the quali of the product is equal to many of the premium priced European, Japanese and US brands. For a business-like QWEST Cranes, the major in uence when purchasing a crane revolve around return on investment.

“We are commi ed to a program of providing our customers with craneage featuring the latest technology and safe features. is means we are constantly looking to renew our eet keeping everything as up to date as possible. Sany now competes with the global brands in terms of quali , performance and reliabili and the pricing is ex emely compe ve. Factor this in with the availabili of product and delivery mes which are far more realis c for our business, and with all this backed by Tu Bryant Equipment, it is hard to look past Sany,” said Tony.

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Gleason Cranes has appointed Wayne Reilly as its Western Australia Sales Manager. He talks to Cranes and Lifting about what he will bring to both the role and the Western Australian crane industry.

IN A WORLD OF HIGH INFLATION RATES and drawn-out lead mes, the crane market is in desperate need of high-quali machinery that arrives quickly and with a reasonable price tag.

With a mining and resources sector that posted $254 billion in sales across the 2022-23 scal year, an upcoming 180 projects in the in as ucture pipeline and $39 billion invested in the Asset Investment Program to improve the state’s in as ucture, that need has never been more profound than in Western Aus alia.

Having serviced the Aus alian market for over 50 years, Gleason Cranes is currently Aus alia’s number one Zoomlion dealer, giving customers the opportuni to deal with an Aus alianowned family company that puts its clients’ needs at the top of its priori es. Among

its other services, including providing the Mi-Jack rubber re gan y cranes and the Ormig and Galizia pick and carry cranes, as well as performing maintenance, service and major-inspec ons on cranes, and refurbishing and selling used cranes, Gleason Cranes stocks a range of Zoomlion cranes – spanning om 25-tonne uck cranes through to 840-tonne capaci crawler cranes, with some ready for delivery now.

working together with clients to nd the best deal for all par es involved. Addi onal to selling new cranes, he’s also keen to reinforce Gleason’s capaci to sell surplus cranes at a “good market price” for a modest fee, as well as impor ng pre-used cranes into the market as well.

To ensure it can adequately meet the demand for high performing cranes at compe ve prices on Aus alia’s West Coast, Gleason Cranes has appointed a Western Aus alia Sales Manager in Wayne Reilly. Possessing over 30 years of experience in management and sales posi ons in the steel and manufacturing indus ies, Wayne says that, aside om Western Aus alia being a “fantas c place to live and work”, expanding the Gleason Cranes name to Western Aus alia is something he’s looking forward to.

“Gleason Cranes represents a challenge to me in that the company hasn’t based anyone in Western Aus alia un l now,” he says. “We’ve supplied cranes into the Aus alian market for over 50 years; but now, being on the ground here in Western Aus alia, we can make dealing with Gleason face-to-face, instead of only over the phone and internet, a much easier process for the local Western Aus alia crane purchaser.”

Having spent eight years in WA already a er moving om Victoria, it’s that face-to-face aspect that Wayne says he’s most keen to embrace: talking to poten al customers about the equipment they need to meet their demands, and

Currently, the company’s new cranes focus is selling its Zoomlion products, re ec ve of the close rela onship between manufacturer and dealer that allows Gleason Cranes to price its products so compe vely. e cranes also come with a Gleason Cranes guarantee, ensuring that each crane meets Aus alian Standards, and operator aining provided by the Gleason team.

For Wayne, the cost-e ec veness of the Zoomlion brand represents a steal for crane hire companies, saying that Tier One resources and cons uc on companies might discover it makes a lot of sense to add a crane of their own to the eet and save on the hire fees – especially when they consider the high esteem in which the brand is held overseas, embodied by its performance in the sub-zero temperatures of Antarc ca and the hot, dus , sandy Middle East. Recently, a 3600-tonne capaci Zoomlion crane, the ZCC89000, broke two world records for the heaviest single crane li and fastest li ing speed on a pe ochemical plant in China.

Gleason Cranes deals the Ormig, Galizia, Zoomlion and Mi-Jack brands across Australia. Images: Gleason Cranes. Wayne Reilly, Gleason Cranes’ new Western Australia Sales Manager.

“Zoomlion has been able to li itself to be among the largest crane companies in the world, featuring well inside the top 10 of cranes and overall leading global cons uc on equipment manufacturers worldwide, and is known for its a ordabili and innova on,” he says. “ e research and development team, recognised as the Na onal Outstanding Engineering Team in China, con nuously improves the Zoomlion product range.”

Further reinforcing Gleason Cranes’ dealership of the Zoomlion brand is the nancing solu ons that come with the purchase. As men oned, the en re crane indus y is comba ng rising costs

due to in a on that has only recently stabilised; when purchasing through Gleason Cranes, nancing op ons are available either through Zoomlion itself or through a local broker in Perth for the Western Aus alian  market. Along with its nancing op ons, Gleason Cranes con nues to enhance its post-sale service and support o erings, providing na onwide servicing, parts and backup, with customers in previous edi ons of Cranes and Li ing regularly praising the holis c and professional manner in which deliveries and follow ups occur.

O ering both new and used cranes, spanning ci cranes, tower cranes,

crawler cranes, and mobile cranes, Wayne says he feels assured Gleason Cranes has the equipment and backing to cater to a diverse audience of companies in Western  Aus alia. With equipment that he sees thriving in any opera onal environment, Wayne has one resounding message for any poten al customer looking to purchase a new or used machine: “Take a look at the cost-e ec ve prices that Gleason Cranes is o ering.”

“Get in touch and compare the costs,” Wayne says. “You may be surprised.”

For prospec ve Wes rn Aus alian clients, call Wayne on 0467 004 113 or email him at


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LOAD: 193-tonne bridge beam.

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