As we offer both CPA (Construction Plant- hire Association) Hire and Contract Lifting we’re often asked what the difference is, so here’s a brief outline. However, if you want a quote, or if you’d like more specific information, please contact us now and we’ll be happy to help.
Straightforward ‘hire’ is when you take on the major legal liability for ensuring that lifting operations are planned and carried out safely and a ‘Contract Lift’ is where we relieve you of that responsibility, provided that you have satisfied yourselves that we are competent and have a good safety record.
In a Contract Lift we will plan the lift, select the most appropriate equipment, specify the slinging and signalling arrangements, supervise the lift and take responsibility for the entire lifting operation.
With CPA Hire you hire the crane or hydraulic gantry lifting equipment and operator under CPA model conditions and your personnel do the planning, control and supervision yourselves, or Contract Lifting where Projector Lifting Service Ltd supply not only the equipment and operator, but also the personnel who do the planning, control and supervision.
In both cases you, as the customer, have the legal responsibility for Health and Safety, which cannot be abdicated, but in the case of a Contract Lift, Projector can take on more of the legal liabilities, and offer greater protection under our own insurance cover.
In a Hire arrangement the plant and operator will work to your instructions as the client. You plan the lift, select the suitable plant, specify the slinging and signalling arrangements, supervise the lift and are responsible for the entire lifting operation.
When the plant arrives at your lift location the operator should not start the lifting operation until he has seen the lift plan and discussed it with your supervisor. The competent person has the responsibility for ensuring the lift plan is adequate but the operator will need to be satisfied that it covers all the necessary elements.
This should not be interpreted as the operator taking responsibility for the planning. In a similar manner, if a representative from our company visits the site to gather information for the rigging of the lift equipment or to assist you in the selection of the equipment, then this should not be interpreted as taking responsibility for planning the overall hydraulic gantry lifting operation.
When hiring lift equipment you should ensure you have sufficient insurance to cover:-
Loss or damage to the equipment whilst on site (min £150K)
Continuing hire charges whilst the equipment is out of service for repairs following any damage
Injury to our operator and/or other employees whilst on your site
Injury to other parties, including damage to property arising from the operation of the equipment
Loss of, or damage to, the goods being lifted
When you engage us for a CPA Contract Lift project it includes comprehensive insurance cover for:-
Loss of or damage to the equipment caused solely by our negligence in the performance of the lifting contract.
Loss of or damage to other property caused solely by our negligence in the performance of the lifting contract subject to a maximum liability of £25,000 irrespective of the number of items being lifted/handled and a maximum of £5,000,000 in respect of loss or damage to other property and injury to persons