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What is the difference between CPA Crane Hire and Contract Lifting

Construction Crane Hire and Contract Lifting
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What is CPA Crane Hire?

There are two main options for anyone in need of crane hire services for a lift. CPA Crane Hire or a CPA Contract Lift. There are advantages to both, AE Engineering are always on hand to guide you through your options.

If you are planning a lift, the most common thing to do is to hire a crane and operator to work to your instructions. Under the CPA rules, the responsibility lies in the hands of the hiring party. This means that you are responsible for risk assessment and method statement, and for complying with BS7121 and LOLER. (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998)  You must also provide a competent and appropriately trained appointed person to supervise the lifting and oversee the process. As the hirer you will also:

  • Plan the lift
  • Select a suitable model of crane
  • Be responsible for slinging and signalling

Contract Lifting- the Alternative to CPA Crane Hire Agreements?

With a contract lift, the customer hires a crane and qualified operator. But the crane hire company also takes on further responsibilities. Such as, selecting a suitable crane, planning the lift, designating  an Appointed Person, supervising the lift and arranging the slinging and signalling.

This reduces the level of risk and financial costs in real terms for the hirer; even if the upfront costs of a contract lift are more expensive than CPA crane hire. Significantly, the crane provider handles the following risks:

  • Responsibility for loss or damage to the crane and equipment while on the customer site and under their control
  • It is often the Crane hire company that insures the goods being lifted against loss or damage.
  • The customer is not liable for continued hire charges if the equipment for loss of function due to loss or damage.
  • The Crane hire company takes on legal liability in the event of an injury to the driver while under the supervision of the customer.
  • This liability extends to injury to third parties and damage to property arising from the lifting operation while the crane is on site.
Advantages and Disadvantages

There are advantages and disadvantages to CPA crane hire and Contract Lift. The decision will be based on your budget, your on-site resources and your insurance. AE Engineering offer both types of service, so your decision as a hirer is based on how much you wish to reduce risk compared with how much you are willing to spend upfront.

In summary-CPA Crane Hire vs Contract Lift:


CPA Crane Hire

The entire lift is the responsibility of you, the hirer. You must be insured against injury and damage to the equipment and third parties during the lift. You must also make sure there is an Appointed Person and suitable professionals available to supervise the lift while it is taking place.

CPA Contract Lift

The crane, operator and the lift operation remain primarily the responsibility of the plant hire company throughout the operation. The hirer insures the plant against damage, and takes legal liability for any injury, loss, damage or destruction to property that takes place during the lift – including damage to the goods and materials being lifted.

In the long term, a Contract Lift can significantly reduce risk on site, while saving money in real terms on resources that can be diverted elsewhere.


To speak to one of our team about your requirements, please feel free to get in touch and ask any questions. AE Engineering also offer residential crane hire, telehandler hire, fleet and plant machinery hire-please call us for a free quote!

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