Load 28 End of Year 2021 Wrap-Up

Dec 24, 2021 | Newsletters

Load 28 End of Year Wrap Up

As 2021 draws to a close, I reflect on a year filled with challenges, inspiration and change.

The year began with a world in crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic – coming off the back of 2020 – a year that will go down in the history books. We lived and worked through a global pandemic that caused an unprecedented shutdown of the economy and almost all aspects of contemporary life.

At the commencement of the year, I was hopeful that 2021 would provide a clearer path for businesses, despite the daunting challenges that lay ahead for many. I was optimistic that the opportunities in 2021 for my business would be realised as long as I prepared for continued change, with the realisation that this was the ‘new normal’.

At Load 28 we sought the opportunities before us and our business has thrived despite the continued challenges. A highlight was the expansion of our services into the South Coast region with the acquisition of Victor Harbor Cranes in September. This increased the company’s fleet to 21 cranes, capable of managing projects of all sizes across metropolitan Adelaide and the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Load 28 also partnered with the Starlight Children’s Foundation to help raise money for sick kids, with the addition of a new crane for our mid-range fleet, which we aptly named ‘Barney the Starlight Crane’ due to it’s purple colouring.

Barney joined the Load 28 fleet in early April this year and has worked hard across building sites in Adelaide to help grant five Starlight Wishes for sick kids experiencing hospitalisation and serious illness.

We also continued to work hard to ensure our Load 28 family had secure jobs by expanding our services to provide an end-to-end solution for our clients.

None of this would have been possible without the continued support of our clients, suppliers and industry stakeholders so for that we are eternally grateful.

I am proud of the achievements of the Load 28 team, who have worked hard to provide safe and efficient crane hire and lifting services to our valued clients.

From all of us at Load 28, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to working alongside you again in 2022.

Marcus Rigney

Managing Director | Load 28 Crane Hire


Barney the Starlight Crane

No job is too big or too small at Load 28. Check out Barney the Starlight Crane, our 60T Liebher, doing some simple solar panel lifting in Prospect.

Barney is so close to reaching his goal of granting 5 Starlight Wishes for kids experiencing hospitalisation and serious illness with $22,500 raised of our $32,500 goal. A portion of the machine’s hourly rate is also donated to Starlight to give sick kids something to look forward to and to create new memories for them to treasure forever. If you haven’t yet donated to Barney then you can do so HERE now.

Otherwise, why not book him in for your next job? Contact Load 28 to book on 1300 11 28 28.


Load 28, D-Stal Electrical & Bonetti

Load 28, D-Stal Electrical & Bonetti joined forces on the weekend to throw a big combined family Christmas party at Linde Reserve in Stepney.

The children were treated with pony rides, interacted with our cute furry friends in the animal farm, face painting, ice-creams and pizza and even had a visit from Santa Claus who delivered some pressies for them.

A wonderful day celebrating the work and achievements of our hard working employees and their families.

Steamranger Heritage Railway

Ensuring we meet our client’s expectations is our top priority at Load 28 and Victor Harbor Cranes. Check out our above video where our client talks about the scope of work, and our performance on the job when lifting a 21 ton boiler off one of the biggest locomotives in Australia in Mount Barker.

The 520 was designed in World War II by F.H Harison, the first engine entering service with South Australian Railways in 1943. The 520’s were a successful engine operating all over broad gauge lines within the state; including a permitted passenger load of 270 tons from Adelaide to Victor Harbor.

This was another complicated lift for our team, but again done with safety and efficiency top of mind and a very satisfied client at the end.

Get on board and support the Steamranger Heritage Railway project here.

Australian Glass Install

83 Pirie Street

Load 28 and Australian Glass Install is well underway on 83 Pirie Street as we work hard, making great time to swiftly close the building and facade.

AGI is contracted to manage the facade logistics and installation of curtain wall facade to deliver this exciting project with Multiplex.

We are head down and focused as we work to complete the facade over the next two months.

Load 28 and AGI’s business strengths lie in our planning and systems, and using our ‘think outside of the square’ mentality we look forward to partnering with Multiplex to deliver this project, achieving a safe and high quality finish for them and their client.

Impressive Lifts

How impressive does our Liebherr LTM1230-5.1 look as its stretches it’s legs at 80.8 metres with a capacity of 1.6 ton.

The Load 28 team worked hard to deliver this service to our client, lifting roof sheets to Coopers Brewery.

All For a Good Cause

Cancer Council

Load 28 partnered with valued client Sarah Constructions in November to prepare a site BBQ to raise much needed funds for the Cancer Council.

The day was important as it helped to foster a site team culture as the trades took time out from their busy schedules to support such an important cause.

Giving back to the community is a big part of the Load 28 culture and step 5 of our ‘Do You Need a Lift Program of giving more than you expect to receive. And of course, Barney is on site, on the mission to support the cause.


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 bushy@ardrossancranes.com.au.