What’s the difference between crane hire and a contract lift?


So, you need to hire a crane for your next project? Whilst hiring a crane works out a whole lot cheaper than buying one outright, there are several things you need to think about. And before you start choosing a type of crane, you need to decide which type of crane hire is best for you.

First and foremost, there are two types of crane hire:

  • CPA (Construction Plant Hire Association) crane hire
  • CPA (Construction Plant Hire Association) contract lifting

Typically, the most suitable option for you will depend on how much experience you have and whether you have the competent personnel to oversee lifting operations. But don’t panic. In today’s article, we’re going to be looking closely at how the different types of crane hire compare so you can make an informed decision as to which is right for you.

So, let’s get started.

CPA crane hire

With this option, a well-maintained crane will be available to you for however long you need it and, whilst it’s on your site, you will be held liable for it. You’ll also be provided with a fully qualified operator who will work alongside your team to ensure that the lift is carried out safely and in line with LOLER regulations.

CPA hire is the go-to choice for people who have hired a crane in the past and know what they need to do to execute lifts safely. It’s also ideal for those who prefer to carry out the lift themselves, in their own time.

CPA contract lifting

Lifting operations can be exceptionally dangerous if not carried out correctly. That’s why, if you’re new to crane hire – or you’d rather hand over the responsibility to a reputable crane hire company, like Bryn Thomas Cranes – it’s worth arranging a contract lift.

Unlike CPA hire where a lot of the responsibility lies on your shoulders, the crane hire provider will ensure that every aspect of the lift is taken care of from start to finish. And although it costs more to arrange a contract lift, you can relax knowing that everything is included in the price you pay – including insurance for loss of or damage to the equipment, loss of or damage to goods being lifted, and public liability insurance.

Which option will you go for?

With both types of crane hire, a crane that is properly maintained and tested will be supplied with an operator. However, your duty and the crane owners responsibility will differ depending on which option you choose.

For example, if you opt for CPA crane hire, you will be required to:

  • Provide your own, knowledgeable appointed person who understands all aspects of the lifting operation
  • Provide a qualified signaller/slinger and supervisor to manage the lift
  • Plan the lift and operate a safe system of work
  • Provide all method statements and risk assessments
  • Ensure the crane is suitable for the job
  • Work towards BS 7121 and LOLER regulations
  • Arrange the appropriate insurance cover

Whereas, the crane company will do all the arduous work for you with a contract lift – meaning all you have to do is provide the relevant information relating to the goods being lifted and the ground conditions.

To discuss your crane hire requirements in further detail with an expert, call the team at Bryn Thomas Cranes on 01352 733 984.

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