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What Is The Difference Between Crane Hire and Contract Lift Hire?

When hiring a crane, there’s a lot to think about. Before you even think about which type of crane you need, you first need to decide which type of crane hire is best for you. Do you simply require a crane and operator? Or would contract lift hire be better for you?

The type of crane hire you need, completely depends on your industry, type of job you are carrying out, and your business.

Perhaps you have your own crane operators but need to hire a specific type of crane for a small job. Or perhaps you require a crane, crane operator, appointed person and all of the additional equipment. Perhaps you only need to hire a crane for a couple of days, or maybe you need crane hire for a two year period.

 

Standard Crane Hire

 

If you don’t require a crane operator or appointed person, then you can just hire a crane. It’s that simple. A fully-working and well-maintained crane will be available to you for however long you need it. However, the crane will be your responsibility whilst it is on your site.

Alternatively, you can hire a crane with a crane operator and fully-qualified appointed person. This way, the appointed person is able to use their expertise and experience to draw up comprehensive lift plans and guide you through where to rig a mobile crane or pedestrian crane. The experience crane operator will then work alongside your staff to safely carry out the lift.

Businesses from a range of industries including the construction industry, infrastructure industry and events industry regularly hire cranes, either on their own or with crane operators. Many people prefer to carry out the lift themselves, which is why they opt for crane hire rather than contract lift hire.

 

What Is Contract Lift Hire?

 

CPA Contract Lift Hire differs from standard crane hire as it ensures that all aspects of the lift are the responsibility of the crane hire company rather than you, the customer.

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It’s no secret that crane operations can be incredibly dangerous if not carried out correctly. Because of this, many customers do not want to be responsible for the crane or lifting operation when hiring a crane. Similarly, if a customer is inexperienced and doesn’t often need crane hire, they may be more comfortable if the lift is the responsibility of the crane owner.

With CPA contract lift hire from Altida, EVERYTHING is taken care of from start to finish. This includes:

  • A mobile or tower crane that has been maintained, serviced, tested and certified
  • Qualified and certified Crane Operator, Appointed Person, Lift Supervisor and Slinger/Signaller
  • Any additional lifting equipment
  • A thorough site survey carried out by a qualified and competent Appointed Person with expert knowledge
  • Expert advice and recommendations before and during the lift
  • A detailed lift plan drawn up by the Appointed Person
  • A full site ground assessment to enable the crane to be rigged safely
  • Communication with the police if the lift requires road closures (usually only required for awkward crane rigging and lifts on public roads)
  • All risk assessments and method statements

 

Also, when you opt for contract lift hire, Altida will choose the safest and most economical crane for the job. We will also ensure that the lifting operation meets all health and safety standards from start to finish. Our team at Altida will only work in a safe working environment and are competent and safe at all times.

 

Other Benefits Of Contract Lift Hire

 

As well as having everything included in the price, from the crane and equipment to the operator and personnel, contract lift hire also includes insurance. Because of the dangerous nature of crane lifting operations, insurance is an essential part of crane hire.

But if you opt for contract lift hire, we will take care of insurance cover for loss of or damage to the equipment caused by ourselves and loss of or damage to third party property caused by ourselves during the lifting contract. We will also provide insurance cover for a maximum liability of £5,000,000 in respect of loss or damage to first-party or death/injury to third party persons.

Construction projects could benefit from contract lift hire

It’s simple, with contract lift hire, we get the job done and you don’t have to worry about a thing! All you need to do is provide us with the information we need to make the best decisions. This includes providing us with information about the items that need lifting and about the ground conditions of your site. You must also have public liability insurance.

 

Get In Touch With Altida

 

We are experts in everything to do with lifting and will make the process of hiring a crane with CPA Contract Lift Hire easy.

When hiring a crane from Altida, any additional lifting equipment and transport is also available. We like to think of ourselves as a one-stop-shop for any of your lifting needs!

Our competent person would be happy to come out on-site and do a free, no obligation site survey. We can also generate a thorough and detailed method statement for you. We will do all we can to ensure the safety of your lifting operations.

Get in touch with us at sales@altida.co.uk or call 01246 261915. Or, you can fill in the contact form here.

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