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McMahon Services

  • Posted on Thursday 3rd, October 2019
McMahon Services

Commercial and industrial property are valuable assets and proximity to resources, customers, workforces and transport hubs is vital. The repurposing of this real estate begins with the decommissioning and demolition of existing structures. A leader in this field is McMahon Services based in Adelaide.

Glen McMahon started his demolition company in Adelaide 60 years ago and his sons Andrew and David took over the management in 1990. The business has since grown from an Adelaide-based operation into an award-winning national contractor. By 2019 McMahon Services had grown to employ 700 people across Australia, and the family group’s other businesses take the current total to more than 1,100 people.

McMahon Services has developed an industry leading reputation for the safe removal of asbestos and other hazardous materials. The rigorous approach to safety on decontamination projects is paralleled throughout the entire business including the in-house road transport operations which are accredited with the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS). McMahon Services’ strong commitment to delivering outstanding safety, quality and environmental outcomes has resulted it the company being the recipient of many state, national and even international awards.

This level of commitment extends through every facet of the organisation and David McMahon is passionate about each piece of equipment being presentable at all times, regardless of whether its age is ten years or two days. The company has around $80 million worth of equipment which includes 300 Toyota HiLux utes and an incredible array of civil construction and earthmoving machinery.

Its extensive suite of machinery includes lifting equipment ranging from 45 tonne Franna cranes to 250 tonne Liebherr mobile cranes, as well as a new Kobelco 250 tonne crawler crane which was recently imported from Germany. There are also many specialised precision demolition attachments for short and long reach excavators.

The various pieces of heavy equipment keep the McMahon Services low loader fleet occupied with moving the company-owned plant items from local site to site or across the country. The main intention is to transport the equipment to and from project locations, but there can be occasional backloads. A recent job involved eight floats carrying McMahon Services equipment to Port Hedland in Western Australia and then bringing back used crushing plants and hoppers from a decommissioned mine.

“To maintain efficiency, we do the long-distance work ourselves with our own trucks,” says Rhys Parasiers, one of McMahon Services lead drivers. “That’s where we save money and maintain control of the entire operation.”
The McMahon Services truck fleet includes tippers and hook lifts and the larger loads require a range of trailers including Drake low loaders and drop decks.

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