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How has Bryn Thomas Cranes responded to COVID-19?

Lockdown. It’s been a strange old time, hasn’t it? The past few months have involved changes to our way of life and, in return, altered our everyday activities. For example, family visits, days in the office and shopping have all undergone radical changes in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Although many sectors, such as hospitality and leisure had no option but to close their doors, others have remained in operation to support the country’s needs during the pandemic. Construction has been one of the most visible industries over recent months. They have been tasked to build new hospitals and special units for COVID patients and their project teams have led the way in working efficiently and adhering to social distancing and other crucial safety measures.

Everyone in the construction industry has had to make changes. And, it’s no different for us at Bryn Thomas Cranes.

At Bryn Thomas Cranes, we care about our staff, clients and the communities in which we operate. We take pride in our high-quality equipment and make sure that our fleet of cranes are properly maintained, managed and delivered to you under the required government guidelines. But during these uncertain times, we’ve changed our practices and tailored our crane hire services to meet the changing demands of clients.

Changing crane hire demands

The majority of our clients are leading construction and infrastructure firms who have competent people on hand to plan and supervise lifts, ensuring that the job is done both quickly and safely. These usually opt for CPA (Construction Plant Hire Association) crane hire as it gives them the freedom to control every aspect and to work at their own pace.

However, things have been very different over recent months – and with staff being furloughed or on sick leave due to underlying health conditions – we’ve noticed a sudden shift towards contract lifts. This has been a role we’ve been happy to fulfil at BTC, and all our operating staff have been fully briefed regarding social distancing guidelines amid COVID-19 – ensuring projects stay on track during this period of turmoil.

The difference between crane hire and a contract lift? CPA hire is tailored more towards those with the know-how who simply require a crane and crane driver. A contract lift is an excellent choice for clients who have little crane hire experience. We will take care of everything, from providing a suitable crane and authorised personnel – including a certified operator, supervisor, signaller and traffic management clerks – to organising appropriate insurance cover and making sure that the documentation is completed as per requirements.

Safe choices

Although lockdown restrictions are starting to be eased, we mustn’t get too ahead of ourselves and scrap the safety measures that have been put in place, i.e. keeping a safe distance from colleagues, clients and visitors and wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

Companies who have required crane hire amid the crisis have benefitted from our uncompromising approach to safety. At BTC, all our staff are following strict hygiene controls and using the correct PPE, such as face masks, gloves and visors. We are also working towards a new set of RAMS (Risk Assessment and Method Statement), including how to manage the risk of the coronavirus and safe transportation of machinery.

The great thing about arranging a contract lift during the crisis is that BTC takes care of every aspect – so you needn’t worry about even lifting a finger. What’s more, our team pay unrivalled attention to detail and advanced planning to ensure the lift adheres to the safe operation guidelines on-site.

Positive outlook

We know things haven’t been easy the past few months but, here at BTC, we take every day in our stride and aim to deliver an efficient, safe and innovative solution for all customers – regardless of whether it be a large-scale project, new-build or a simple repair job.

We’re delighted to have supported clients on some major projects in the UK, during the crisis, and continue to offer our reliable crane hire service as we enter the recovery phase. If you would like to know more about how we’ve responded to COVID-19 or to discuss your requirements further, please get in touch. We are always on hand and happy to help. Simply call our head office on 01352 733 984 or drop us an email at flint@brynthomascranes.com, and we’ll get back to you.

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