New lifting system improves safety for general cargo

R-series lifting crane. Credit: Verton Australia

Lift and orientation company Verton Australia has developed a lifting system for the general cargo, wind, and construction industries that eliminates the need for human-held taglines to steady a suspended load.

The R-series can handle up to 20 metric tonnes while being able to secure and position crane payloads without the need for human workers to stand near or underneath suspended loads such as containers or building materials, which improves the safety of cargo-lifting operations.

“The Verton equipment showed me the potential for new ways of safer lifting on our construction sites,” said Bachy Soletanche marine manager Dominic Lovelock during a test of the system at the GBP4.2 billion (USD5 billion) Thames Tideway Tunnel project in Wapping, United Kingdom. “I joined my team in reviewing the lifting beam technology in operation at the King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore Tideway site and we could all see the positive applications that the Verton design could bring.

“Main works contractors on major infrastructure projects must continue to innovate in the way works are planned and executed. There are a number of exciting companies creating innovative technologies for the construction industry with a view to improving health, safety, and productivity and Verton is one of the companies leading the way.”

The system has already been adopted by crane and mining companies throughout Australia and was recently chosen to take part in the Van Oord/Mammoet/Vestas-led PortXL Port and Maritime Accelerator Programme in Rotterdam, Netherlands, developing a safer way to lift wind turbine blades.

Verton managing director Trevor Bourne said, “The R-series is a world first, remote-controlled load management system, which Stan Thomson invented, and it’s revolutionising the world of lifting operations. With the R-series, workers will thankfully no longer be near or under moving loads, reducing accidents and fatality rates in crane operations.”