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Anonymous feedback from a seminar
Thanks for the opportunity to do this course, is fantastic, 100% guarantee and satisfaction. The program is the best way to learn about cargo handling, cranes and transport. I have recommended the course to my colleagues and I have posted it on LinkedIn.
Esteban dos SantosOperations Manager, Navemar
When working with Marco, we received his many years experience and expertise for planning and executing a job. The outcome: a job well done.
Keith AndersonChief Rigging Engineer, Bechtel Corporation
With vast experience Marco is universally recognized as one of the leading industry experts in this field; his book “The Art of Heavy Transport” is the go-to reference source.Having technical know-how alone does not make a person an effective trainer, but Marco is that too.
Robbie GougeRigging Engineer, Edwards Moving & Rigging
The ballasting program is extremely detailed and thorough, and flexible enough for most any ro-ro operation. It is very well organized and user friendly. It makes my life a lot easier and time effective.
Kevin O’Neill, P.E.Senior Project Engineer, Siefert Associates LLC
I just wanted to say that your webinar was top notch. All in the office enjoyed the presentation and the pitch, by far one of the best I have seen ! Look forward to many more.
Nick KleinSunbelt Rentals
I have attended the Heavy Lift & Transport Masterclass by Marco J. van Daal and I couldn’t recommend it more highly. Marco is a high-level expert but presents the material in such a way that anyone will benefit – regardless of your level of sophistication.
Jeff LattureVice President, Barnhart Crane & Rigging
I continue to be impressed with his efforts to become one of the thought leaders in our industry. His book, articles and speaking engagements are of very high quality.
Anonymous feedback from a seminar
Marco is adept at organizing training sessions and seminars for all level of personnel. He has earned his position as a well respected and trusted individual and I would not hesitate to recommend him.
Anonymous feedback from a seminar
A great advocate of knowledge sharing so that other benefit from his instructions and examples and the way he conducts himself in all aspects of a project.
John JacksonManaging Director, Fagioli USA
Marco is a very experienced Heavy Transport & Lift professional with a keen eye towards safety, not only in terms of welfare of personnel but in the very real aspect of security of lifts and transports.
Jeff DaceyBechtel Corporation
The application of sound engineering principles give new and experienced professionals the ability to tackle increasingly complex problems. This highly specialized information was once available to only a handful of specialists worldwide, Marco has made it accessible to all.
Bernd SchwengsbierPresident, Scheurle, Nicolas, Kamag
I’ve known Marco since 1995. The international experience that he brings to the table benefits every level in a transport and/or lift organization, starting from the pre-engineering phase, to equipment selection, to logistics and execution. Not only is he a true asset to our industry but I consider him a personal friend as well.
Anonymous participantSC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop
Great and valuable information, in particular I loved his comparison to the World Cup, I am going to use that to motivate my own personnel.
Sergio MaderoVice President, Mamut de Colombia
Marco’s great knowledge and best practices have been a contribution to a better understanding of the highlighted techniques and enabled us to perform our activities in a better and safer way and thus provide a better service to our clients.
Kent GoodmanFluor Daniel
When I need information on transporters, I turn to Marco. His worldwide exposure and experience has led him to become one of the most knowledgable engineers on hydraulic transporters and SPMT’s in our industry.
Bill TeichgraberWire rope & rigging business, Trainer & Consultant
I had the privilege of hearing Marco present in Alberta, Canada. His knowledge, skills and experience are extremely valuable to draw from and he openly shares practical insights. You will find his Heavy Lift & Transport seminar is exceptional. I highly recommend him.
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Services – Accident Investigation

An accident is the one event that should be avoided at all cost. Unfortunately accidents still happen and when they do the damage is irreversible.

Not just costly material damage to transport equipment and heavy cargo but also damage to carefully built reputations, injuries and in the worst case loss of life.

The Works international carries out accident investigations and reports on the root causes. Over the past number of years in which The Works international has investigated multiple accidents a pattern has emerged. A pattern that is worrisome to say the least.

accident percentages

– Communication
The vast majority of all Heavy Transport & Lift accidents are caused by miscommunication or a lack of communication. Under this category falls the communication amongst field personnel on the job but also information from “sales to engineering”, “engineering to field” and “client to transport/lift company” that did not reach its final destination.
For this reason Crew Resource Management (see below) is now a standard topic in all of my seminars.

– Misunderstanding
The second category of accidents are caused by the misunderstanding of the concepts of both hydraulic transporters and cranes. The forces that act on them during the operation or (hugely) underestimated.

– Engineering
Engineering mistakes are the cause of the third category of accidents. Although this type of accidents are not very common, they do occasionally occur. Accidents caused by engineering can be divided in two categories.
The first category is lack of general engineering experience, the second category is lack of Heavy Transport & Lift engineering experience.

– Other
The last category of accidents contains a mix of causes. Varying from using incorrect materials to unexpected weather conditions to bad road conditions to personnel challenges, and these are unpredictable and almost impossible to control.

Crew Resource Management (CRM),
The major reason that causes the majority of accidents in our industry; communication. It is a buzz word nowadays and many believe that if it is repeated often enough, communication will somehow improve. Fact is however that communication needs to be implemented much like any other initiative.
Here is where many companies struggle and where The Works international can offer a solid solution that is simple and easy to implement. Crew Resource Management was developed by NASA following the 1970 Apollo 13 incident “Houston, we have a problem“.
The simplicity and effectiveness of CRM reached other industries such as the health care industry (operating rooms) and the airline industry where it has been a standard since 1990. Crew Resource Management is now a standard topic in all of my seminars. It is a much needed practice as the number of accidents are not going down.

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I will teach you the skills on how to assess a project and detect potential disasters in an early stage and prevent them from happening.

Below are a number of pictures of accidents that you can learn how to recognize and avoid.


Bridge collapse due to overload


Crane Erection gone wrong


Barge broke in half during ro-ro operation


Dolly load capsized


Barge exploded due to forged “gas free certificate”


Crane accident


Hydraulic Gantry accident


Strand jack accident


Transporter rolled over

Accident-2 copy

Crane boom flipped backwards


Ro-Ro accident

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