Archive for the Ashley’s Blogs Category

  • The Insider Article – Family Values

    By Ashley Thacker It doesn’t have to be a family business, but it helps if it behaves like one. Here’s how to expand your family tree. This April marks 20 years since I joined the family business—and the journey has taught me a lot. But why should readers of this magazine care? The reason is, all  Read more
  • The Insider Article – D/d Ratio Explained

    By Ashley Thacker Passing a sling- synthetic or other- around a load can provide support by creating a cradle, but you must make sure that it is surely attached. Therefore you must understand D/d ratio. I get asked a lot of questions about D/d ratio. I think it worries people because it looks like a complicated Read more
  • The Insider Article – Economic Climate

    By Ashley Thacker We must find a balance between business and the environment to make sure that our children can continue to enjoy life as we know it. I’m no climate activist and don’t pretend to be. I’m not so much saying follow my example on all matters green as I am urging everyone to make Read more
  • The Insider Article – Behind the Mask

    By Ashley Thacker We must respect the new COVID protocols, but not let them become a distraction.  I saw a photo in an online article recently, showing Sydney construction workers on top of a building. The caption noted that all workers wearing masks and social distancing. However, as I looked closer at the photo, I saw Read more
  • 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