Archive for the Ashley’s Blogs Category

  • The Insider Article – Our Land Abounds in Nature’s Gifts

    LHA MAY JUNE 2020 | THE INSIDER | ASHLEY THACKER Undoubtedly, Coronavirus has taken a lot from us, but it has also given us an opportunity to create better working and personal lives for ourselves as the ‘new normal’ dawns. It is time to look at this in a positive way. At the time of Read more
  • Can expanding your business do more harm than good?

    Expanding into additional facilities can do more harm than good to a business if it is not done correctly, especially in niche markets. Pick up any trade magazine and somewhere there will be a story about a company opening a new facility or expanding into a new region. Often there is a photo with it Read more
  • Where is it from? How is it made?

    WHERE IT'S FROM ? | HOW IT'S MADE ?| WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT Our shelves are stocked with products from all over the world. Where they come from doesn’t really matter to us, at least not in isolation. The slings might be from Australia and the harnesses from the UK. That box of shackles from Germany. Read more
  • How To Correctly Fit a Harness

      JAMES MOULE OF PARAMOUNT SAFETY AND ASHLEY THACKER take you through pre checks before fitting a harness ensuring it is safe for use and that it's the right one for your application. Followed by a step-by-step guide on how to correctly fit a harness ensuring a firm, comfortable and safe fit. These steps can Read more
  • Talk Lifting with James Moule

    Paramount Safety’s James Moule has spent over 22 years in the industrial height safety industry and joins Ashley Thacker to share his experiences and latest industry developments. Topics covered include trends, regulations, competencies, training, on-site issues and fit-for-purpose designs of harnesses used in confined spaces and pole work. For information on our height safety products Read more
  • The Insider Article – Out Of Site, Out Of Mind – Until Now

    LHA JAN FEB 2020 | THE INSIDER | ASHLEY THACKER The digital age means we can promote the lifting industry, especially below-the-hook, more effectively than ever before—but we’ve got to seize the moment. The annual awards dinner held recently after the opening day of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association’s (LEEA) LiftEx trade show provided the Read more
  • “The next generation of lifting professionals. Where are they?”

    One of the biggest issues facing the Lifting Industry is, where the next generation of the workforce is coming from? With the LEEA Think Lifting project, the association is engaging directly with local schools to show young people the career options available in the Lifting Industry. Through the narration of a 12-year-old boy, colourful cinematic Read more
  • People – Development: Five Golden Rules

    LHA SEPT OCT 2019 | THE INSIDER | ASHLEY THACKER In the second part of a mini series about building a team, Ashley Thacker presents five important elements of a successful, long-term people-development program. My last column in Lift & Hoist Australasia (LHA) magazine focussed on recruitment techniques and closed with references to the importance Read more
  • The Insider Article – My kind of people

    I have a lot of conversations with fellow business owners and managers here in Sydney and wider Australia. It’s fascinating to compare notes with peers who are experiencing the same challenges and notable that similar issues impact us all. Near the top of the list, especially for those of us in a niche sector, like

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  • The Insider Article – Safety starts at home

    Even before the occasion when it is used for the first time, a single item of rigging gear passes through many hands. It is manufactured, shipped, stored, distributed, probably stored again, and then used to connect a hook to a load. By the time it has been used below-the-hook on multiple occasions, many more would

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