CPA Crane Hire vs. Contract Lifting – What type of crane hire do I need?

There are two options for hiring cranes through City Lifting – CPA (crane hire only) and Contract Lifting (fully contracted). It is important to understand the difference between the two as the obligations on the hirer differ between these choices.

All crane hire firms must adhere to the CPA’s (Construction Plant Hire Association) terms and conditions, as well as BS7121 (“The Safe Use of Cranes”). City Lifting provides CPA Crane Hire and CPA Contract Lift services to clients all across the United Kingdom.

With our CPA Crane Hire option, City Lifting may be a reliable extension of your staff or your trusted lifting partner with our entire Contract Lift Hire service. If a person or a company does not have experience with lifting operations, they must choose the Contract Lift option.

If you’re still confused about what type of crane rental you need, please see the information provided below.

CPA Crane Hire 

The customer must:

  • Provide the “Appointed Person”
  • Plan the lift and execute a safe system of work
  • Provide all Method Statements and Risk Assessments
  • Carry out the work in line with BS7121 and LOLER 1998
  • Verify that the crane hired is of the appropriate type and size.
  • Verify the crane hire company’s credentials and certification.

The crane company has a responsibility to:

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

CPA Contract Lift 

The customer should specify:

  • That all work will be carried out following BS7121 and LOLER 1998  
  • That the crane business supply the “appointed person”
  • Accurate information about both the goods to be lifted and the ground conditions
  • What information and/or services will the customer supply to the crane firm

The crane company is responsible for:

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

City Lifting’s comprehensive contract lifting service includes:

  • On-site inspection
  • Job planning
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk management
  • Insurance
  • Method statements
  • All permits
  • Road closures and traffic management
  • Liaise with local authorities
  • Transportation
  • Specialist equipment including lifting tackle