Archive for the Ranger Category

  • 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
  • What should you do if you think your equipment is not safe?

    Daily inspection before each use should be taken seriously so even a small defect can be investigated in advance of work commencing. Look for anything that is abnormal or out of place. Excessive pitting, weld splatter, wear and gouges are all common signs that rigging gear might not be safe to use. If an issue Read more
  • Can you do your own inspections?

    Australian Standards make frequent references to competence and competent persons. A competent person will have acquired through training, education and experience, or a combination of these, in addition to the knowledge and skills enabling that person to safely and effectively perform the task required. Competency isn’t achieved through simply working around equipment for a long time Read more
  • How often do you need to inspect your equipment?

    Not only do you have to demonstrate that your staff are competent, documentation of compentency standards and procedures must also be maintatined. Depending on the specific piece of equipment in question, we always recommend that the relevant Australian Standard be consulted. For example, it might be AS 3775.2:2014 Chain Slings for Lifting Purposes – Grade Read more
  • What records are you required to keep?

    You never know when comprehensive records related to training, testing, repair and inspection of equipment will be needed, but when that requirement presents itself it becomes clear how necessary they are. It’s particularly important to chart these activities related to lifting and rigging gear, and its use. Imagine the consequences if you can’t answer: When 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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  • The Insider

    Trade media covers all industries of note. Most sectors don’t use these magazines, websites, and related platforms to their advantage. Only a minority of vendors advertise and editors can find it difficult to gather or generate meaningful content. It’s a missed opportunity because a quality trade magazine can serve as an effective route to market

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