5 factors to consider when hiring a crane in the UK
Do you work in construction? Need to lift heavy, cumbersome loads between varying heights without sacrificing safety or efficiency? You’re not alone. The questions is, how do you do it?
Here at Bryn Thomas Cranes Ltd, we have just the solution – crane hire. With an extensive fleet at our fingertips, including mobile tower cranes, self-erecting and telescopic cranes, we are confident that we can help you to transport heavy objects with ease. But rather than picking a crane at random for your next construction project, there are a few important factors that you need to consider…
First and foremost, you need to set yourself a realistic budget.
Although hiring a crane is more cost-effective than buying one outright, it is still a significant investment – and one that you want to get right first time round.
Typically, the bigger the crane the more expensive it will be. And the length of time you hire it for can also impact on the price you pay. If you’d like to know more about the cost, take a look at our recent blog ‘how much does crane hire cost?’.
- The scale of the job
Equally as important as budgeting for crane hire is choosing a crane that is up to the job.
Whilst there are several types available to hire, they each have specific properties and lifting capacities – ranging from 8 tonnes, right the way up to 500 tonnes. Therefore, to ensure you choose the right one for your project, you need to think carefully about the weight of the goods that need moving and the distance they will be lifted.
Where are you based? How far does the crane need to travel to reach your site? In some cases, a permit is required when travelling a long distance, and especially through bustling cities.
Luckily, Bryn Thomas Cranes is one of the UK’s leading crane hire companies and has four depots in England and Wales – meaning we can accommodate the needs of clients across the length and breadth of the country.
- Rental period
One of the most important factors to consider when hiring a crane in the UK is how long you need it for. Of course, it depends on the extent of your project and the goods in question, but setting aside enough time will ensure everything runs smoothly and safely.
As a general rule of thumb, the longer you need the crane for, the more it will cost you. Whereas hiring a crane short-term – for no more than a couple of days – will work out cheaper. When arranging crane hire, always make sure that you can afford to hire the equipment you need, for the right amount of time.
- Health and safety
This is perhaps one of the most obvious factors to consider when hiring any kind of lifting equipment but, nonetheless, important. Any company that hires a crane needs to make sure that the risk to those involved in the lift, on-site and within the surrounding area is minimal.
If you’ve hired a crane in the past, and are opting for CPA crane hire, you will need to plan every aspect of the lift and operate a safe system of work – on top of providing a method statement and risk assessment, providing competent personnel and ensuring work is carried out to industry standards.
Alternatively, if you’re new to crane hire, we can offer a CPA contract lift. With this, we take care of everything, from providing a suitable crane along with a qualified operator, appointed person, signaller and slinger, to planning the lift and overseeing the operation from start to finish. We’ll even take care of the paperwork – giving you one less thing to worry about.
So, why not get in touch today? You can either call our head office on 01352 733 984 or fill in the online enquiry form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.