New crane safety system from down under finds global interest

Verton’s R-series remote load-management device improves safety by eliminating human held taglines for suspended loads

Australian lifting and rotation management company Verton has developed a new crane safety system that is generating interest from the global crane and lifting sector.

Brisbane-based Verton’s R-series safety device is a remote load-management system that improves safety and productivity for crane operations by eliminating the need for human held taglines to control suspended loads.

According to reports, the company has received official support from the Business Development Fund (BDF) of Australia’s Queensland state for the R-series, which was also declared the ‘best in class’ for engineering design at Australia’s Good Design Awards. The country’s crane hire company, Universal Cranes, became the first to use the R-series earlier this year.

According to Verton, the R-series has received interest from mining, port and shipping operators, apart from construction companies. It has also established a partnership with international heavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet and wind turbine supplier Vestas to further develop a new, safer lifting method for installing wind turbine blades.

Trevor Bourne, MD, Verton, said: “The R-series is a world-first, remote-controlled load management system which Stan Thomson invented and it is 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.

“Verton’s equipment has already been adopted by crane companies and mine operators in Australia and we have had strong interest in Europe and are talking to companies globally.”


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