Crane Hire vs Contract Lifting

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Crane Hire vs. Contract Lifting – What type of crane hire do you require?

All crane hire companies work to the terms and conditions of the CPA (Construction Plant Hire Association) and in accordance with BS7121 (“The Safe Use of Cranes”). Cadman Cranes offer both mobile crane hire on a CPA Crane Hire or CPA Contract Lift basis to our clientele all over the UK. 

Cadman Cranes can be either a dependable extension of your team with our CPA Crane Hire option or, your trusted lifting partner with our complete Contract Lift Hire service. If an individual or organisation does not have expertise in lifting operations they must opt for the Contract Lift option.

If you are still unsure about what type of crane hire you require, please click here to view our easy crane hire flow chart or alternatively, see the information provided below.

CPA Crane Hire (Crane Hired by the Customer – Your Responsibility!)

The customer must:

  • Carry out all work in accordance with BS7121 and LOLER 1998
  • Supply the “Appointed Person”
  • Plan the lift and operate a safe system of work
  • Provide all Method Statements and Risk Assessments
  • Ensure that the crane hired is of a suitable type and capacity
  • Check the credentials of the crane hire company and certification supplied

The crane company has a duty to:

  • Provide a crane that is properly maintained, inspected and    thoroughly examined
  • Provide a competent driver


CPA Contract Lift (Carried out by the Crane Company – Our Responsibility!)

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The customer should specify:

  • That all work is to be undertaken in accordance with BS7121 and LOLER 1998
  • That the crane company is to supply the “appointed person”
  • What information and/or services will be provided to the crane company by the customer
  • Accurate information relating to both the items to be lifted and for the ground conditions

The crane company is responsible for:

  • Supplying the “Appointed Person”
  • Planning the lift, and operation of a safe system of work (via method statement/risk assessment)
  • Organisation, and supervision of the lifting operation
  • Providing a crane that is properly maintained, tested and certificated

Insurance Considerations

CPA Crane Hire

The customer is responsible for:

  • Loss or damage to the crane
  • Loss of hire charges while crane is out of action
  • Damage to goods on the hook
  • Public Liability (loss or damage to property/ injury to persons)

CPA Contract Lift

The Crane Company is liable for:

  • Loss/damage to the crane
  • Loss of hire charges
  • Damage to property
  • Injury to persons when caused solely by the crane company’s negligence in the performance of the contract


If you are still unsure about what type of crane hire you require, please telephone or email one of our experienced team by clicking here.

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