Newsroom DRAFT

Can you do your own inspections?
Ashley Thacker
The Insider Article – My kind of people
Ashley Thacker
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
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The Insider Article – Safety starts at home
Ashley Thacker
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
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Under Construction
Ashley Thacker
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
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The Insider Article – Still Rising Up
Ashley Thacker
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
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The Insider
Ashley Thacker
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
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Partners in Climb
Ashley Thacker
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
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Lift & Hoist Australasia (LHA) soon to be launched
Ashley Thacker
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
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Ranger welcomes William Essey
Ashley Thacker
Will stepped into the role last month but resumes in earnest as the New Year gathers pace. Will brings a wealth of relevant experience to the Ranger team, derived from 13 years in the marketplace, including a decade at Gunnebo Industries, a chain and component manufacturer. Recent roles include internal
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Ranger reflect on the lessons of 2018
Ashley Thacker
What a year that was. Where shall I start? We moved into our new facilities, opened in another state, increased staff numbers, won one of the most coveted awards in the industry, and marked our 20th anniversary with a party that nobody will forget in a hurry! It’s been 12
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Service through knowledge – Ranger team prepare to offer Magnetic Rope Testing (MRT)
Ashley Thacker
Diversifying often makes business sense. However, it’s important that expansion is preceded by proper training, particularly when dealing with safety critical products and related activity, such as inspection and maintenance. The component centric and multifaceted nature of the lifting and rigging sector has long whet the appetites of entrepreneurs and
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Ranger Lifting Wins LEEA Customer Service Award
Ashley Thacker
The prize was accepted by Ashley Thacker, general manager at Ranger, who was present during the inaugural awards dinner, held after the opening day of LEEA’s annual flagship event. He collected the weighty silverware from Dr. Ross Moloney, CEO of the association, and celebrity guest speaker Matt Dawson, a retired
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Train Smart
Ashley Thacker
Training is too often snarled at but at Ranger it’s one of our favourite words. We’re honoured to host Barrie Mordue, director at Tensology, this week. The steel wire rope specialist has travelled from the UK to deliver a variety of training to staff about the theory behind crane ropes.
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Ratchet Lever Hoists from Ranger Pass Tunnels Test
Ashley Thacker
The product was introduced by Ranger Lifting, a specialist supplier of lifting and rigging equipment, which stocks the 750kg and 1.5t capacity hoists at its new Prestons facility near Sydney. A key feature is its revolutionary crank handle, which is designed for optimal efficiency and safety, allowing for operation in
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Ranger celebrate 20 years in business
Ashley Thacker
The anniversary event was the official opening of our brand new headquarters and an evening of celebrations involving staff, customers, media and representatives of industry. Ashley, Ranger General Manager said: “A very high percentage of businesses do not make it past the first year and nearly all do not make it
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Meet the Thackers! Ranger profiled in Wire Rope Exchange Magazine
Ashley Thacker
Meet the Thackers: Steve, Verity, and Ashley. The latter is general manager of Ranger, a lifting and rigging equipment company headquartered in Sydney, Australia; it recently opened a second site in Melbourne, further down the country’s east coast. It’s been 20 years since his father Steve, managing director, and his
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Important Changes to New Roundsling Standard
Ashley Thacker
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
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Don’t Cut Corners—Understand Your Roundslings
Ashley Thacker
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
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Repair Before Replace When Safe
Ashley Thacker
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
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Proud to Join Australian Standards Committee
Ashley Thacker
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,
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Ranger Lifting to Open Melbourne Facility
Ashley Thacker
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
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RANGER TO OPEN IN VICTORIA
Ashley Thacker
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
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Creating a Winning Team
Ashley Thacker
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
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Can you do your own Lifting Equipment Inspections?
Ashley Thacker
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
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What could happen if you don’t inspect your lifting equipment?
Ashley Thacker
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
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Family and safety comes before business
Ashley Thacker
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
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Big enough to compete, small enough to care.
Ashley Thacker
Today’s climate lends itself to sourcing from large, independent companies over corporate conglomerates now more than ever, says Ashley Thacker, Ranger General Manager. In the lifting industry—probably other sectors too—selecting the right tool for the job goes a long way to ensuring its user and those around the application are
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Ranger Offers New Ratchet Lever Hoist in Australia
Ashley Thacker
New South Wales, Australia-based Ranger has taken delivery of its first batch of Yale Ergo 360 ratchet lever hoists, suited to pulling, securing and lifting, featuring manufacturer Columbus McKinnon’s patent-pending crank handle. Ranger, a specialist supplier of lifting and rigging equipment and the exclusive Australian supplier, is among the first
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Striking Gold
Ashley Thacker
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, or so the saying goes. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. When my father and Ranger Lifting founder, Steve, and I travelled to Nevada’s Mojave Desert earlier this month (March), we did so with the intention of taking as much out
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May The Source Be With You
Ashley Thacker
The climate lends itself to sourcing from large, independent companies over corporate conglomerates now more than ever, says Ashley Thacker, general manager at lifting, rigging and safety specialist supplier, Ranger. In the lifting industry—probably other sectors too—selecting the right tool for the job goes a long way to ensuring its
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Safety DNA Test
Ashley Thacker
Unlike lifting a load, safety shouldn’t be something we pick up and put down, says Ashley Thacker, general manager at lifting, rigging and safety specialist supplier, Ranger. When I joined this industry 15 years ago, safety meant something different to what it does today. Then, it was about wearing a hard hat
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Ranger. Our Journey.
Ashley Thacker
Ashley Thacker, General Manager, charts the journey of lifting, rigging and safety specialist supplier, Ranger. Next year marks 20 years since my father, Steve, and his friends Brian and Shane started an industrial supply company named after their favourite football team. Even though I was only a child at the
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Harbour Bridge New Years Eve Display
Ashley Thacker
Ranger taking business to new heights last week completing a lifting gear inspection on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Our senior inspectors are ensuring New Years Eve goes off with a Bang. Ranger was commissioned to do the inspection of the hoist ropes for the Harbour Bridge New Years Eve Display.
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