August Update

Sep 1, 2022 | Newsletters

Giving Back

I live by the motto to “give much more than you expect to receive”. In fact, this is the fifth step in my ‘Do You Need a Lift’ Mental Health Program. A program targeted to the building and construction industry that aims to provide mental health strategies for dealing with stress and crisis.

There are a lot of challenges in life, and associated with working in the building and construction industry, and these challenges can seem really hard and difficult to deal with, but it is important that we take a step back from these issues and ask ourselves if there is something we can do about it.

I firmly believe that if you find a way to meet people’s needs, whether that be in your personal life or in business, the whole game changes. Looking at the bigger picture and giving back is key to helping us focus on what is important and stabilises us. This is why both as an individual and in my business, I aim to give back much more than I receive.

Over the past 12 months, Load 28 has been running a campaign for the Starlight Foundation to raise five wishes for seriously sick children. We recently visited the Starlight Express room and presented Louise Baxter, CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation, with a $32,500 donation to make these wishes a reality. We also announced on the morning that Barney will continue his journey to raise money for this very important cause (see video above). We are thankful to our valued clients and for everyone who has contributed to this fundraising campaign.

I was also privileged to be a judge and sponsor for the 2022 Building Excellence Awards, South Australia’s most prestigious and recognised program for awarding excellence in the building and construction industry. To be provided the opportunity to see first hand the dedication, commitment and passion put into these outstanding commercial projects and to support this outstanding event as a sponsor was awesome. The event was held Friday 19 August and was attended by over 1300 industry representatives and dignitaries. There is more about this fantastic program and event in the articles below.

And just last week, I handed over my role as Chairman of the Crane Industry Council of Australia (SA Division) after 4 years in the seat. I am proud of the achievements I have made in this position to grow and bring recognition to our amazing industry. I will continue to represent the crane industry as a member of the Executive team.

Marcus Rigney

Managing Director | Load 28 Crane Hire

Supporting the 2022 Building Excellence Awards

Load 28 was proud to support and sponsor the 2022 Building Excellence Awards, held at the Adelaide Convention Centre of Friday 19 August. We presented two awards on the evening:

Excellence in Commercial / Industrial Building $50M to $100M to Synergy Construct for GSA Student Accommodation and Excellence in Civil to McMahon Services Australia for the Offshore Wave Generator Remediation project in Carrickalinga. Both outstanding projects worthy of recognition.

Managing Director, Marcus Rigney was also privileged to judge commercial entries in the Awards this year and see first hand some of the outstanding projects being built in South Australia.

Marcus judged alongside Construction Manager Ken McLeavey and a team of 22 experienced and independent judges throughout May and June, visiting projects all over the State, including the Clare Valley and is excited to have accepted a role to return as a judge in the 2023 Awards.

CICA SA Chairman Farewell

Last Friday Marcus Rigney handed over the reigns as Chairman of the Crane Industry Council of Australia (SA Division) to Mark Eberhard at the CICA Industry Day Breakfast, after 4 years at the helm.

The event was attended by over 60 industry representatives, including stakeholders from aligned governing bodies Master Builders SA and the Civil Contractors Federation of South Australia.

In his final Chairman’s Report, Marcus spoke of some of the highlights from the past 12 months including the growth and success of the CICA SA Industry Day and the Christmas Function and Crew Awards Ceremony and thanked the CICA SA Executive Team for their commitment and hard work behind the scenes on a voluntary basis to make the CICA events and meetings successful.

It’s Full Steam Ahead on the Fleurieu

Victor Harbor Cranes has been busy on the Fleurieu over the past 10 months since Load 28 acquired it in October last year. Our Supervisor Darren Ancell has been working hard in that time to build relationships on the Coast and get our cranes lifting.

With the recent acquisition of Nick’s Cranes and Victor Harbor Cranes, and combining the years of experience across these businesses (80+ years), we are well equipped to service the South Coast.

Should you have a project on the Fleurieu, no matter how big or how small, contact Darren on 0499 402 469.

Project Completion: 83 Pirie

There is always a sense of pride when we complete a project, but none more than how the AGI team felt on Friday when they finalised 83 Pirie.

2140 curtain wall panels were installed during this project for Multiplex which included managing 170 containers through port logistics across SA and Victoria. The final weeks saw the team install the structural steel and mesh screens around the perimeter of the building and closing out the project.

We have had our fair share of challenges on this project, but the AGI and Load 28 team worked tirelessly to overcome these and achieve a successful result for the client.

Project Completion: 69 Melbourne Street

Last month we finalised our work on 69 Melbourne Street, dismantling our tower crane in mid-July. It’s been awesome to be involved in this project; supporting our client to paint some very large murals on the building’s façade.

This is what we love about the industry, no job is ever the same! We think the artist did an amazing job and the building looks great! What do you think?

Project Commencement: Adelaide Festival Plaza

Australian Glass Install (AGI) is contracted by SRG Global to install 20,000 m2 of glass curtain wall façade on the Adelaide Festival Plaza.

Our team commenced this project last week, installing the first couple of floors. We will install facade up to Level 29 on this building.

Project Commencement: 60 King William

Another project we commenced for our valued client SRG Global is the installation of curtain wall façade for 60 King William. Australian Glass Install is just starting to get underway completing the first floors of this building.

We will install approximately 12,000 m2 of glass curtain wall on this project.

Dismantling the old Victor Harbor Causeway

Victor Harbor Cranes have been working hard with Eco Spec to dismantle the old Causeway.

Watch our video and hear our VH Cranes Supervisor Darren Ancell providing an overview of the project!

Celebrating our Achievements

In our last newsletter we announced Load 28’s acquisition of Nick’s Cranes Services.

We held an end of financial year wrap up at Load 28 in July with Managing Director Marcus Rigney using the opportunity to announce the great news to the company’s valued staff, along with thanking them for their hard work and achievements over what he said has been a challenging and busy year.

Marcus paid homage to Nick and his amazing achievements throughout his 70 years in the industry, and said Nick’s Crane Services would continue to thrive under the Load 28 family.

Check out our video above of this awesome day celebrating with our valued team.


Check out Load 28 Supervisor Luke showcasing our recent TC4 climb for valued client IJ Projects. Coordinated and focused, our amazing rigging team managed this lift so efficiently and safely.

This is not an easy project, as we are working with some close tolerances in the core, but true to Load 28’s innovative mindset, we designed a new chocking method to ensure we keep everything stable and safe throughout our climb. 


One should never underestimate the value and importance of positive client feedback.

Our TC3 went in the air successfully mid-March for our esteemed client Tandem Building Group for their 88 O’Connell Street project. 

The feedback we received: “The boys smashed it today mate. Awesome crew.” 
You can’t ask for much better than that!


PJC Construct utilised the services of Load 28 to assist them with the installation of their Tower Crane. We were engaged to service, repair, install and commission the crane and handover to PJC ready to operate. 

Our technical team worked hard to prepare the unit safely, and will continue to service and maintain the equipment for the duration of the project. 


We love working alongside our valued client Steamranger Heritage Railway.

Check out the video above to hear from Oliver at Streamranger discussing our recent lift of their 621 large steam locomotive at Mount Barker.

Using the power of our fleet, including our 230 ton Liebherr and our 130 ton Liebherr, we managed the job safely and efficiently. As Oliver says, the team from Load 28 worked “patiently” and “perceptively” and “listened to their needs really well”.

Well done lads. Collaboration and teamwork at its finest. 

Lifting in Yorkes

We are excited to announce the establishment of Ardrossan Crane Hire, a division of Load 28 Crane Hire. Ardrossan local and leading Load 28 crane driver and supervisor, Patrick Bush is excited to bring his experience and expertise to the local community.

Should you need crane hire on the Yorke Peninsula, reach out to Patrick (Bushy) on 0436 119 823 or at