Wsafe notice

Starting in August, WorkSafe Victoria will be conducting a targeted blitz on hydraulic mobile cranes operating on construction sites.

Targeted blitz on Mobile Cranes commencing August.

Get in touch with Elevate Lifting and Rigging to ensure our LEEA accredited technicians get your gear up to date. Contact our customer service team on 1300 437 842 to talk to us about our LINK on line asset management system detailing all your lifting gear’s status.

Please see excerpt from WorkSafe below.

What will WorkSafe be checking?
During the inspections on hydraulic mobile cranes operating on construction sites WorkSafe inspectors will be checking:

  • Licences to perform high risk work
  • Logbooks
  • Service records
  • Crane set up – fully extended and pinned outriggers, bog mats or timbers in place, geo tech report / engineers sign off (if required)
  • Exclusion zones (around the crane and under the load path to destination)
  • If the crane is operating near overhead / underground assets; has it been controlled?
  • For any obvious defects
  • Operational warning devices
  • Where the crane is set up adjacent to a road / rail; is traffic management in place
  • Load charts and manual
  • Appropriate lifting gear being used and within load capacity
  • Lifting gear inspections
  • SWMS

During visits, inspectors will use an on-site checklist based on the points listed above.

Prohibition notices will be issued where inspectors identify any immediate risk to health and safety that is not rectified during the visit. Improvement notices will be issued where other instances of non-compliance with occupational health and safety laws are identified.

Recently we posted on periodical inspections – check this blog out for further information on periodic inspections.

When should your lifting equipment be inspected?



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The most popular load monitoring questions answered!

What are the differences between Loadshackles and dynamometers?

Why would you choose one over the other?

Recommended calibration frequency

Getting the right tool for the job is essential.

Below we answer the most common questions on load monitoring

What are the differences between Loadshackles and dynamometers?

Simply we could summarise that “Loadlinks are for load measurement and loadshackles are for load monitoring”. In more detail, what does that mean?

Below are some simple criteria to evaluate both options and help you choose the right lifting load cell for your application. At Elevate we use the terms ‘loadlink’, ‘dynamometer’ and even ‘load indicating device’ (LID) interchangeably. They refer to the Straighpoint, specific name, the generic term and also the term used by ASME B30.26-2010. For the user there is little or no difference between each.

How they work?

First a bit about how they work which will help us understand accuracy.


Load shackles work in shear. During manufacturing SP remove the pin of a standard bow shackle, bore a hole down the middle and bond strain gauges through the centre of the pin. Now, the shackle pin has become a loadpin.

Those strain gauges are aligned with two shear grooves that are visible from the outside of the pin. The groove depth is precisely calculated in terms of position and depth to allow the best loadpin performance but stay within our strength and safety guidelines. Advanced finite element analysis (FEA) software is used to model and prove our calculations.

The area between those grooves is the ‘load area’. When load is applied a shear force occurs across those grooves. This shearing effect is measured by the strain gauges which, once the load pin has been calibrated is translated into an actual force or weight reading for the user.


The original loadlink plus

Loadlinks work in tension. Strain gauges are bonded to the body of our aluminium load cells. The process of bonding the strain gauges to the load cell body that is flexing under load is similar to load shackles, but in this case the strain gauges are flexing directly in line with the pull on the load cell, so straight line and in tension.

This direct tension force on the body of the load cell while under load gives us a very clear, linear signal from the strain gauges. This is what gives load links superior accuracy of 0.3% of applied load vs load shackles at +/- 1%.

To achieve the best accuracy with a load pin it is essential to use the full ‘load area’ as described above. You will notice that Straightpoint Wireless load shackles use a bobbin or collar to achieve this

Quick guide comparison loadlinks v shackles

Advantages of loadshackles

  • Limited headroom
  • A loadlink consists of a top and bottom shackle in addition to the height of the loadlink body itself.
  • As a result a load shackle typically uses around 1/3 the headroom of a loadlink.


  • For those who do mobile testing and carry around load cells with them a loadshackle gives you a one-piece measuring device and especially for heavier capacities this may offer easier handling.

Familiarity and ruggedness

  • Riggers like load shackles. They are familiar with size, weight and working load limit (WLL) of each component.

Simple swap to load monitoring

  • In a rigging setup it is easy to swap standard shackles for wireless loadshackles for a simple load monitoring solution. No change in headroom or configuration.

Multi-point lift monitoring

  • Once loadshackles are in place the banksman leading the lift has visibility of the individual load on each shackle as well as the total load from one display. It allows them to lead the lift, giving them confidence and control for heavy lifts and when moving bulky or out-of-gauge cargoes.

Advantages of loadlinks

  • Accuracy
  • A loadlink (+/- 0.3% of applied load) is around 3 times as accurate as a loadshackle (+/- 1% of applied load).
  • As such it is often chosen for weighing applications, precise force measurement or to calibrate other devices such as safe load indicators (SLI’s) on cranes.
  • Calibration interval should not exceed 12 months.

Frequency Of Calibration

The frequency of calibrations should be determined by the user of the load cell based on the following factors:

Frequency of use

  • Severity of service conditions
  • Nature of loading
  • Experience gain using other similar products in same application

Once these factors are established the user may then establish the calibration frequency:

  • Normal use – calibration every 12 months
  • Severe use – calibration monthly to quarterly
  • Special service – as recommended after consultation with SP engineering team and user.
  • A written record of the most recent periodic inspection shall include the condition of the load cell.

Periodic Inspection Recommendations

  • A complete inspection of the load cell shall be performed by a designated person trained to National Standards. The load cell shall be examined for conditions such as those listed below and a determination made as to whether they constitute a hazard.

Removal Criteria:

A load cell and its indicator, if applicable, shall be removed from service if damaged such as the following is visible and shall only be returned to service when approved by a qualified person:

  • Missing or illegible manufacturers name/trademark, or serial number, or rated load identification.
  • Indications of heat damage, including weld splatter or arc strikes.
  • Excessive pitting or corrosion.
  • Bent, twisted, distorted, stretched, elongated, cracked, or broken load-bearing components.
  • Excessive nicks or gouges.
  • Any reduction of the original or catalogue dimension at any point outside of the load-sensing zone.
  • Illegible display or readout.
  • Damaged of deformed component hardware.
  • Evidence of unauthorised welding.
  • Other conditions, including visible damage that cause doubt as to the continued use of the load cell.

For further information please contact our customer service team on 1300 437 842

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When should your lifting equipment be inspected?

At Elevate lifting and Rigging we take calls every day with the question – ‘When should I have my lifting equipment inspected’.

Unfortunately, it is not a simple ‘insert period here’ answer!

Most lifting equipment has periodic inspection and/or testing requirements specific to that item. The majority of lifting products will require annual inspections such as shackles, eyebolts and hoisting products such as chain blocks and lever hoists.

The most common lifting products – Chain slings, wire rope slings and synthetic slings are more stringent. All periodic inspection and testing is detailed in the relevant Australian Standards. These standards vary from product to product. For example, chain slings come under AS3775.2-2014, Synthetic flat slings under AS1353.2-1997 and Synthetic Soft round slings AS4497-2018. Further below we have listed some common standards with inspection/testing intervals.

Concrete lifting clutches are in the spotlight at the moment and rightfully so as they are used in a significant, often dangerous sector of the construction industry. Designed for lifting of panels concrete lifting clutches must be TESTED annually

What is not negotiable is the responsibility of the user to perform the following before each use:

  • All equipment must be inspected by the user before use.
  • Equipment subject to heavy usage may require more regular documented inspection.
  • Where unsure about inspection interval criteria always refer to appropriate Australian standards and/or manufacturers specifications.
  • Any item requiring repair must be repaired and proof load tested upon completion to appropriate procedure if stated in the appropriate standard.

Lifting equipment inspection services

At Elevate Lifting and Rigging we are proud to be a member of LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association). LEEA is the largest lifting trade association worldwide. Structured to provide a local focus, ensure compliance with Australian regulations and standards and provide networking opportunities across the industry. Member companies work in lifting equipment design, manufacture, service and repair, distribution, inspection and hire across Australia.

All our lifting equipment technicians meet the competent person requirements as set out in Australian Standards which ensures your assets are kept in date and comply. Call customer service now on 1300 437 842 to book one of our qualified technicians to come to your site.

At Elevate Lifting and Rigging we use the following colour code system, commonly used in the electrical industry and known as The RGBY System. (RUGBY).

It is as follows:

December/January/February – RED

March/April/May – GREEN

June/July/August – BLUE

September/October/November – YELLOW

While not mandatory in the lifting and rigging industry, it is a great way to identify if your equipment is in date, not just up close but from a distance, as lifting equipment so often is.

Contact our customer service team to discuss this tagging option further. At Elevate Lifting and Rigging we use coloured wire locks which act as a permanent fit to your lifting equipment. They can be tied to the smallest item i.e.: shackles right through to the largest, i.e.: an overhead crane. These wire locks are an addition to safety tags/labels that must be fitted to all lifting equipment ensuring compliance to relevant Australian or manufacturers standards.

Elevate Lifting and Rigging ensure your lifting equipment is managed with a minimum of fuss. Our LINK asset management system is the latest in cloud-based asset programs. As a matter of course, all Elevate lifting and rigging clients have their new items automatically added to their asset register at time of purchase introducing to service. Periodic inspection dates are entered at that time and in turn alerting the client when the items are due for inspection.

So, to ensure your lifting equipment is managed appropriately get the experts to do it for you. Contact the customer service team at Elevate Lifting and Rigging today to book one of our qualified technicians on 1300 437 842 or visit us at www.elevatelifting.com.au

Download your copy of our inspection schedule:

Elevate Lifting Height Safety Equipment Inspection Schedule

For further information on LEEA


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Chain is Chain is Chain – Examining The difference between Grades of chain.

We are constantly asked at Elevate “why can’t I use any type of chain for lifting?” and “How to identify chain grade”? The simple answer is that there are many variations designed for different applications.

Chain is generally described using its grade. At Elevate we stock all grades of chain from reputable manufacturers.

Common manufacturers are Thiele, KITO PWB, Yoke, Pewag, Gunnebo and RUD.

The list below shows the most common chains supplied not only to industry but in some cases general household use. All chains except for hardware are generally manufactured to Australian Standards. At Elevate we only supply chain that conforms to the standard applicable to the grade.

Chains are available in self colour, galvanised, Zinc or painted. Most common colours are yellow, Blue, Orange and Green. Most manufacturers have a colour that identifies the chain as theirs.

Commercial Chain – Commercial chain is a basic economical chain manufactured for general purpose applications. Available in galvanised or self-colour options. It is not to be used for lifting or lashing.

Proof Coil – Proof Coil is a tested, not heat treated, mild steel chain. Manufactured in sizes from 6mm to 24mm. It is manufactured from low grade carbon steel and is proof tested to at least twice the maximum load recommended for use. Available in galvanised or self-colour options. It is not to be used for lifting or lashing.

Stainless Steel – Stainless Steel chain is manufactured from Type 316 or 304 stainless which is highly resistant to corrosion in acid, alkaline, marine and salt-water environments. Typical applications for stainless steel chain include pump chains, netting chains and trawl chains. Available in short and regular link. Also available in lifting grade, specifically Grade 60, this is available on request from Elevate.

Grade 70 – manufactured from high tensile steel. Also know as tie down or transport. Chains and fittings are a vital component of safe transport of goods. Chain suitability is determined by its size, strength, hardness and elongation. Elevate supplies high quality chain and assemblies that comply with AS 4344. Identified by the Australian standard along with the lashing capacity stamped on the links. Grade 70 fittings are available suitable for this grade of chain only.

Grade 80 – is manufactured from alloy steel and is hardened and tempered. It has a load bearing capacity more than three times of mild steel chain. This chain complies with AS 2321 for Lifting Chains. It is the most common high tensile chain used in chain assemblies and is compatible with an extensive range of lifting fittings. Identified by markings on the link such as T, 8, 80 or 800. Grade 80 is a harder chain than grade 70 and does not yield like lower grades.

Grade 100 – is manufactured from alloy steel and is hardened and tempered like Grade 80. It offers 25% greater working load limits than Grade 80. This chain complies with AS 2321 for Lifting Chains. It is compatible with a limited range of lifting fittings. Identified by markings on the link such as 10, 100.

Grade 120 – the new player on the block. Still trailing well behind grade 80 and grade 100, Grade 120 chain is designed for the biggest overhead lifting applications. Grade 120 Chain is a premium chain manufactured from high strength alloy steel. Grade 120 Chain has a 50 percent increase in working load limit as compared to a similar size chain in Grade 80.  The Significant weight advantage grade 120 offer makes handling, storing and transporting considerably more safely and economical.

For further information contact the customer service team at Elevate and we will answer all you chain related questions.


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New Product Launch – BlueLink Dynanometer

Crosby Straightpoint are pleased to announce the release of its BlueLink Dynanometer. For 40 years Straightpoint has manufactured and supplied cabled and wireless telemetry loadlink, load shackles, load cells, digital dynamometers, compression loadcells, crane scales, running line tensiometers and software solutions as well as a range of intrinsically safe load cells.


Elevate Lifting and Rigging are a proud supplier of the Crosby Straightpoint product range.


The BlueLink Dynanometer is designed to replace outdated mechanical products still in the field this 6500kg Dynamometer, the “BlueLink” is the latest SP product to feature our proprietary Bluetooth wireless technology.

The Bluetooth signal effortlessly connects to any iOS or Android smartphone that has our free HHP app installed and provides the operator a wireless range of up to 100m – allowing them to stand themselves in a safe position from the load with no requirement to read a load on the loadcell itself. The app will also allow the operator to log data versus time or on events such as over or underload and the adjustable alarm will alert the operator on their smartphone if any overload is occurring.

Rigged using industry standard shackles such as Crosby G2130 the Bluelink has been designed to minimise headroom (156mm from eye to eye) and its compact lightweight design does not sacrifice on strength with a safety factor of over 500%.

Constructed from high quality aerospace grade aluminium and hard anodized it features an advanced internal design structure. This design not only provides the product with an unrivalled strength to weight ratio, but it also allows the use of a separate internal sealed enclosure providing the load cell’s electronic components with NEMA6 or IP67 environmental protection even with the battery cover plate missing, making this industry compact dynamometer even more suitable for use in the harshest industrial or leisure environments.

The BlueLink is powered by four x standard AA alkaline batteries that provide more than 500 hours transmission time and its internal antennae ensures loads to an accuracy of 0.1% FS are transmitted safely.



  • Bluetooth wireless connection to any iOS or Android device with SP HHP App
  • Wireless Range of 100m
  • Battery Life of 500hrs
  • Environmentally Sealed to IP67/NEMA6
  • 90db Audible alarm alert for high/low values
  • Internal Antennae
  • Remote On-Off from HHP App
  • 100 Hz Peak Hold
  • Push button Tare


  • Small to medium crane lifts
  • Millwrighting – machinists – mechanics
  • Freight and cargo weighing
  • Aircraft and marine vessel manufacturing/building
  • Cable/rope tensioning
  • Precision field testing of chain, rope, wire.
  • Multiple applications within construction, transportation and logistics, and material handling


  • 2 year warranty
  • Design validated by F.E.A.
  • Complies with ASME B30.26


  • 4 x AA Batteries
  • Calibration & proof test certificate
  • Multi lingual user manual
  • Carry / transit case
  • RFID Tagged


Now available in stock and simple plug and play operation the BlueLink is a load monitoring device you will wonder how you ever monitored loads without it. Elevate Lifting and Rigging also stock the 6.5tn Grade S bow Shackles that are required to connect to existing rigging.

Complete with secure carry case the BlueLink Dynanometer remains secure while not in use.

Elevate Lifting and Rigging supply the complete range of Crosby Straightpoint products. For further information please contact our customer service team on 1300 434 842 and ask for one our Load monitoring specialists.

Alternatively click on the below link which takes you to our quick enquiry page and we will return your quotation immediately.

Bluelink Dynanometer – Request a Quote

Elevate Lifting and Rigging ship to Australia and New Zealand Wide at very economical rates.

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The Benefits of Portable Gantry Cranes | Aluminum Gantries

The benefits of Portable Gantry Cranes are clearly apparent in their ability to offer fully customisable solutions for all types of material handling. Aluminum Gantries are a lightweight and popular form of equipment, quick to assemble and relatively cost-efficient. They also offer an unparalleled level of flexibility.

Operational optimisation

There are many applications for Aluminum Gantries, especially in terms of the edge that they afford in portability, load-bearing capacity and height adjustment abilities. Here at Elevate Lifting, we are able to offer our valued customers premium products, supported by qualified advice as lifting equipment specialists. So, not only will you have access to the best product range in the business, but you will also gain technical knowledge in order to best utilise your new acquisition.

Our professional suggestion is that Aluminium Portable Gantry Cranes are your best choice as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. They will be sure to ‘save the day’, on more than one occasion. With lightweight yet resilient structures, these handy pieces of equipment are suitable for jobs both indoors and out. Basically, portable cranes can easily traverse where other forms of lifting equipment can only dream of going!

Unparalleled versatility

You can use portable cranes just about anywhere. They can fit through tight doorways, can be maneuvered around obstacles, positioned on uneven surfaces (due to the lateral stands being independently adjustable) and can easily be transported from one workstation to another. No job is too big, small or awkward when you have one of these ‘lifesavers’ at your disposal! When you consider all the potential capabilities of the heights, spans, and treads offered on standard Aluminum Portable Gantry Cranes, the sky really is the limit!

With fully adjustable specifications, Aluminum Gantries are akin to the ‘transformers’ of the material handling world! When it comes to lifting and hoisting, you can easily modify the existing structure to suit any task or requirement. Available attachments include single A-frame legs, wall mounted I-beams and range of wheel options. So, if you are looking for supreme adaptability – you just cannot go past an Aluminum Portable Gantry Crane. And, at Elevate Lifting we stand by that.

Quality assurance

Whilst there is always a range of brands available on the market, at Elevate we stock only the tried and trusted names in Aluminum Gantries. You wouldn’t expect anything less, with 25 years worth of reputation for service and quality. We have experienced staff both at home and abroad: in our facilities in Australia and distributed via our affiliates internationally. We stock two leading brands in Portable Gantries, as follows:

  • Schilling Portable Aluminium Gantry Cranes: are quick to assemble and fashioned from only the highest grade materials. They are equipped with collapsible lateral stands, integrated horizontal adjuster, unique park-brake trolley and with aluminum beams fitted in individual lengths. They are available ex-stock or at short notice.
  • Feltes Portable Aluminum Gantry Cranes: are produced according to industry-leading German design specifications. Each model strikes a fine balance between portability, ease-of-use and load-bearing capacity.

Extensive benefits

The benefits of Aluminum Portable Gantry Cranes are uncapped and extensive, limited only by professional expertise and know-how. Accessing reputable manufacturers via Elevate Lifting means your purchase will continue to function as a prime investment – long after you have ‘signed on the dotted line’. Coupled with expert service from our dedicated team, this positions your business perfectly in reaping the rewards of efficient and safe practices in all lifting and hoisting endeavours.

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Company Name Change Announcement


Hoisting Equipment Specialists (VIC) Pty Ltd (HES) has changed its name to ELEVATE LIFTING AND RIGGING PTY LTD.

From the start we have strived to provide more for our customers. We have made a name for ourselves and built a reputation in the lifting and rigging industry by providing a standard of quality in our products unlike any other.

Today, I am proud to share important news regarding a new exciting era of Hoisting Equipment Specialists (VIC) Pty Ltd (HES) where we have steadily grown our teams, our services, our partners and most importantly our clientele.

Catering to the many different sectors in the lifting and rigging market, we have outgrown the name HES to re-brand into a more promising and trusted name, ‘Elevate Lifting and Rigging Pty Ltd’.

Acknowledging the long history of success that we have achieved under HES, we want to further extend our high-end quality products and services to have a greater market impact and “elevate” into becoming a much stronger market leader.

As a result, you will find a larger range of the latest premium products and services at Elevate Lifting that will cater to your existing and future market needs. You will see the Elevate logo introduced into all our website, marketing material, signage, merchandise, business cards, signatures and of course our own branded products.

At Elevate Lifting and Rigging, commitment to our customers and partners remains our priority. The rebranding effort builds on improvements we have made to our business in recent years and this continuing evolution has built a name whose value to you increases by the day.

The continuing rise of Elevate engineering division, producing Australian designed and manufactured lifting apparatus gives us an edge in the industry. Our Customer-first approach, technical expertise, quick turnarounds, industry trained, knowledgeable staff, and exceptional service sets us apart and “elevates” us above our competitors.

As a valued Client, we assure you that all current policies that you have with HES will remain valid and continue to be underwritten by Elevate Lifting and Rigging Pty Ltd.

The re-brand does NOT affect the legal requirements of the existing entity which retains its rights and responsibilities in all existing legal relationships with third parties.

Given that all policies issued under HES brand and logo will remain valid for the term of existing contracts. Elevate Lifting and Rigging will not re-issue policies and schedules in respect of existing policies.

Please note that our rebranding and name change will not impact our shipping and billing address, tax identification, and additional invoicing information, which all remains the same:

Billing Address:

PO Box 8151

Northland Centre Vic Australia 3072

Street Address:

16 Fink Street,

Preston, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3072

Kindly bring this announcement to the attention of your accounts department and direct them to send all future invoices to accounts@elevatelifting.com.au accordingly.

Below we would also like to share with you the new logo, for your future reference, that will replace our old logos on all corporate documents, envelopes, invoices, shipping documents, product shipping boxes etc;

It nevertheless remains part of our business strategy to maintain transparency and to keep clients and stakeholders fully informed of developments around the name change process.

Most importantly, we wish to thank you for your continued support.

Yours Sincerely,

Dean Nelson,

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Elevate Lifting and Rigging Pty Ltd.

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We get asked by many clients about what the colour of a shackle pin represents.

There is a misconception in the marketplace that unless the pin is yellow it does not comply to Australian Standards. This is completely false.

The pin colour is determined by the manufacturer and it is not mandatory. A pin can be any colour.

Most importantly when ensuring your shackles comply the following minimum criteria must be met as per AS2741-2002 Clause 7.2

  • Manufacturer’s identification
  • Quality Grade, as M or 4, or S or 6
  • WLL
  • Identification marking to correlate the shackle to the test certificate

Hoisting Equipment Specialists stock reputable shackle brands, generally, the pins will be green, yellow, orange and blue just to name a few. We have had pink pins at times.

If you have any questions about shackles be sure to contact our friendly sales team on 1300 HES VIC (1300 437 842).

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Big Lift News: Rosanna Level Crossing

Elevate is proud to supply dynamic rigging through a phenomenal 200-300 tonne capacity lift!

The existing level crossing at Lower Plenty Road in Rosanna was removed and is being replaced by a new rail bridge

The design is in response to the unique environment and topography of the area and the strong desire of the community to minimise the loss of trees from within the Rosanna Parklands while also assisting in traffic and prolonged waiting periods caused by trains going through the crossing.

Works will include the building of a new Rosanna Station, Victoria and are part of the Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade project.

Work is ahead of schedule and set to be completed by May 2018.

The lift of the new bridge was installed on Monday 5th April and consisted of significant amount of lifting gear. These photos illustrate a configuration including a 300t spreader, 200t shackles and 200t Slingmaster Round slings.

We would like to thank Ross Johnson from Dynamic Rigging sharing these impressive photos using our products.

#Elevate #levelcrossingremoval #dynamicrigging #BigLift #Lifting #Hoisting #Rigging #Cranes #Engineering #CustomSolution #RosannaCrossing

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