Archive for the Ashley’s Blogs Category

  • The Insider Article – Hub-and-Spoke Model

    By Ashley Thacker The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) is established across the world as the leading trade association for all those involved in the lifting industry. From its UK base, it promotes enhanced standards and sustainable development for the worldwide lifting and safety industry. However, it has been accepted for a number of years that Read more
  • Calculating Sling Leg Tension

    Ever wonder why as an angle gets bigger sling leg tension increases and the load becomes dangerously heavier? Lifting is a dangerous business and knowing how to safely lift a heavy load is critical. In this quick video Ashley uses a Sling Leg Tension animation to explain how to avoid the most common mistakes people Read more
  • The Insider Article – Certified Lifting Equipment

    By Ashley Thacker You can’t just put a sticker on an item of lifting or rigging equipment and call it certified. But there are things that you can do to meet the required standards. There are also a couple of different standards that you should be looking at. We’ve seen all kinds of equipment submitted for Read more
  • The Insider Article – Prioritise Compliance

    By Ashley Thacker Think about what’s more important: where a product is from or its compliance with relevant standards. Brace yourself: as good as Aussie-made product is, 90% of the lifting and rigging gear sold in Australia is imported from Europe, the states, Asia, or elsewhere. Much less product is manufactured here than people think. That’s why Read more
  • The Insider Article – Head For Heights

    By Ashley Thacker When working at height, it is important to be properly trained and consult the experts. I was talking to height safety expert James Moule, of LINQ Height Safety, recently. Our conversation was two-sided in that much of it was positive about the progress the Australian industry has made in height safety in recent Read more
  • 5 Top Tips for Wire Rope Care

    Rigging equipment lifts and moves heavy loads for hours on end, day after day. For this reason, it is imperative that this equipment is cared for, ultimately to ensure longevity and endurance. If it fails, it can cause damage to product, property and worst-case scenario, an extreme safety hazard resulting in injury or loss of Read more
  • Selecting the Right Chain Block

    Manual and electric chain blocks are used for a variety of lifting reasons however selecting the correct chain block for your application can be a confusing task. The below check list created by RANGER will help you determine how to select the correct chain block for your application. 1 CAPACITY Depending on the manufacturer, 250kg Read more
  • Why Lifting Equipment Breaks


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  • The Insider Article – Perfect Ten

    By Ashley Thacker The best companies have treated this year as an opportunity; we are no different. It’s evident that businesses that were able to take decisive action eight months ago are better off now. It was important not to panic though because, as we look at below, this year has taught us a lot about

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  • The Insider Article – Shock Loading

    LHA AUGUST 2020 | THE INSIDER | ASHLEY THACKER Rigging gear is particularly vulnerable in the event of shock loading. To begin to understand shock loading, we need to accept the definitions of ‘shock’ (a sudden or surprising event or occurrence) and ‘loading’ (the application of a load or force). Put the two together and Read more