Situated along the R27 (West Coast Road) in Cape Town, the new Table Bay Mall boasts an impressive 65 000m2 of retail space. Constructing the mall meant using numerous reliable machines with a team that could adhere to tight deadlines; something Eazi Access could achieve thanks to its expansive fleet, expert operators and solid industry partnerships.

“Eazi Access proudly partners with some of the best suppliers of material-handling and work-at-height solutions worldwide. We also have a long-standing partnership with Group 5 – which won the tender to build the mall – so we could start discussing the various access options available quite early on,” Tony Chandler, Cape Regional Manager for Eazi Access, explains. “We took them through our conventional MEWP (mobile elevated working platforms) and telehandler options, and the possibility of using Maeda crawler cranes for this project – something that had never been done before.”

In addition to 7m and 9m electric scissor lifts, Chandler says the Maeda crawler cranes proved to be popular on site. “The main contractor was concerned about the weight of the machines, as some of them were required to work on the second floor which had just been cast. The Maeda crawler cranes are agile and strong enough to complete any task. They also passed the load-bearing restrictions set by the main contractor.” The Maeda crawler cranes were used for various applications, including casting concrete columns and lifting structural beams.

As with any construction project, adhering to deadlines and budgets is non-negotiable. “Even though we had to work above a massive parking area below the concrete deck, our Eazi Access operators and field service technicians worked around the clock to ensure deadlines were met,” Chandler says.

The scale of the project required numerous solutions, so Eazi Access shipped in additional products to complete the tasks. The full-service solution offered by Eazi Access included over 90 machines, operators, and on-site support such as diesel fills and maintenance. “Safety is always our number one priority, and Eazi Access trainers were deployed with each new delivery, for all contractors, to ensure that every single operator was trained in line with the necessary safety regulations,” he points out.

Chandler says that Eazi Access are up for any challenge customers can throw their way. “Our tailor-made solutions are not limited to conventional methods. We are always looking for innovative ways to do things.”

“This project allowed us to demonstrate many new Maeda crawler crane applications, which significantly improved productivity and cost savings while enhancing the safety of the workforce. It is great to see the growth of this new product line alongside the recently introduced Magni range of telehandlers, both of which are solutions we are proud to have introduced to the industry,” he concludes.