Both have their advantages and disadvantages, depending on the nature of the lift being carried out, and the needs of the organisation that needs it to be done.
Under CPA terms, with crane hire, the customer is responsible for planning and supervising the lift.
It must provide an appointed person, who makes sure the crane is appropriate for the lift and plans the lift, as well as slingers.
The hire company provides the crane, and ensures it is in good working order. It also provides the crane operator.
But that is only if the customer has the skills and resources, for example a qualified appointed person and slingers in house, to fulfil those functions.
The customer must also weigh up the risks associated with the lift with the costs and liabilities if it is not completed smoothly.
However, this is because the crane hire company takes complete responsibility for providing and managing resources needed to carry out the lift legally and safely.
In these terms, the customer is relieved of costs – in terms of money, time and management resource – to plan and implement the lift. This reduces risks associated with the project.
The customer is also largely not liable for any damage or injury caused during the lift, as long as they have fulfilled an obligation to commission an appropriate crane hire company to carry it out.
|Crane hire||Contract hire|
|Hire company provides crane operator||Hire company provides crane and qualified operator|
|Hire company ensures machine is in good working order||Hire company ensures all machines is in good working order|
|Customer responsible for machine being appropriate for lift project||Hire company ensures machine is appropriate for the lift project|
|Customer is responsible for safe operation||Hire company is responsible for safe operation|
|Customer is responsible for providing insurance||Hire company Hire company is responsible for providing insurance|
|Customer is responsible for having an appointed person + slingers||Hire company is responsible for having a qualified appointed person / Slingers|
|Customer is responsible for risk assessment and method statement||Hire company is responsible for risk assessment and method statement|