Archive for the Ashley’s Blogs Category

  • 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 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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  • Under Construction

    It is a big step for a business to setup in a new territory or open a satellite office—and it’s not for the faint-hearted. Let’s relive our journey over the past year-and-a-half in the hope that there are lessons our audiences can learn from our experiences and apply them to their own growth strategies.

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  • The Insider Article – Still Rising Up

    Six years ago, I was interviewed by this magazine’s sister title. I was still in my twenties and had recently been named the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association’s (LEEA) youngest ever board member. I was modest about the achievement but I think it inspired the editor’s choice of headline for the article, “Rising Up”. It chimed

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  • Partners in Climb

    There are many theories about how to expand a company. A lot of the science about metrics, budget, resources, cash flow, marketing, branding, etc, but the importance of selecting the right business partners to oversee expansion is too readily overlooked. You might have the best company in the world with the most robust systems and

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