Industry news — List

  • Important Changes to New Roundsling Standard

    I’d encourage all industry professionals to pay close attention to the updated standard, indeed, any document that has been improved by experts. There are those who feel that enhanced standards are repetitive and/or only contain alterations to the small print. I disagree. ME-025 Lifting Tackle, of which I am now a member, will release the

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  • Don’t Cut Corners—Understand Your Roundslings

    As industry prepares to welcome an updated roundsling standard, Ashley Thacker, general manager at Ranger Lifting, issues an important safety message. Having recently joined Australian Standards (AS) Committee ME-025 Lifting Tackle, I’m looking forward to the imminent publication of AS 4497:2017, covering roundslings made of synthetic fibre. It represents an update of AS 4497.1 and

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  • Repair Before Replace When Safe

    When safe, lifting equipment can often be repaired rather than replaced. Replacing equipment is not always the cheaper option, says Ashley Thacker, general manager, Ranger Lifting. This article outlines the benefits of a repair before replace (when safe) policy, which can be frowned upon by lifting equipment suppliers who put short-term profit before long-term relationships.

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  • Proud to Join Australian Standards Committee

    I can confirm that I have joined Australian Standards (AS) Committee ME-025 Lifting Tackle, as a representative of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), where I am a proud board member. Standards Australia is the nation’s peak non-government, not-for-profit standards organisation. It forms technical committees, such as ME-025 Lifting Tackle, by bringing together relevant parties

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  • Ranger Lifting to Open Melbourne Facility

    Ranger will open a new facility in Melbourne, Victoria this month to meet ongoing demand for its products and services, principally from the city’s thriving construction sector. The lifting and rigging equipment supplier will open the new site on the 22nd of the month in Kensington, strategically located a few miles northwest of the central

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  • RANGER TO OPEN IN VICTORIA

    We are pleased to welcome Ian Jongen to the Ranger team in the role of State Manager Victoria and advise that we will be opening in Melbourne in early January. Ian has more than 30 years experience in the lifting and rigging equipment industry. He has worked in senior management roles across general management, sales,

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  • Creating a Winning Team

    Training and team spirit are key ingredients to success, says Ashley Thacker, the general manager of Ranger Lifting. Don’t try to win, train for it. When I first heard that saying I thought it was nonsense; if it was that easy, everyonewould be doing it, I thought. And there always has to be a loser.

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  • Can you do your own Lifting Equipment Inspections?

    Australian Standards make frequent references to competence and competent persons. A competent person will have acquired thorough 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

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  • What could happen if you don’t inspect your lifting equipment?

    There are a vast amount of defects that are not easily detected by untrained personnel. Even for an experienced lifting equipment inspection professional, it takes constant refresher training to stay at the sharp end of this specialist field; that’s why repeat training is now a requirement within Australian Standards. If equipment is not inspected properly

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  • Family and safety comes before business

    At Ranger, when we say we’re a family business, we don’t just mean we’re family-owned and people with the same surname come to work here. We’re proud that’s the case, but what we really mean by it is that family comes before business. Not just our family or the extended Ranger community, but every one

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