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Quick guide to hiring a crane

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Cranes are necessary for many types of construction. Although the greatest utilisation of cranes is in commercial construction, if you are building a new home or even renovating an existing structure you may require a crane to complete your build.

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Sourcing the right crane company to assist you will often be as simple as utilising the closest supplier to your site. Unlike other contractors involved in a build, there will often be a limited number of crane companies you will likely engage solely due to their locality to your site.

This will be a financial decision as cranes and their personnel are charged from the time they leave their depot until the time they arrive back at the depot following the completion of your lift.

IMPORTANT: When you contact your preferred provider of crane services always request a representative of the company meet
you on site prior to making a booking. During this site meeting arrange for your contractor (be it your builder, engineer, plumber or other trades etc who will be working with the crane), to be on site with you. They will be able to assist the crane representative with a range of information to determine which crane you require.

The key to minimising costs when utilising this type of service in your build is to be super organised! You have heard the saying “time is money” and this is no truer than when you hire a crane and crane operating personnel. So be organised for when the crane arrives to site to ensure lifting can commence immediately following set up and safety checks have been completed.

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A whole host of information regarding weights of the item/s to be lifted, where the item/s need to be placed, as well as information regarding any additional structures that may be put in place between the site inspection date and the date a crane is required for your lift, need to be considered.

An experienced Crane representative will very quickly extract the information they require. They will:

  • Complete a vital visual inspection of your site to determine the location of power lines.
  • Consider where a crane can be set up if the items will already be delivered to site.
  • Determine where a truck can be parked and the crane set up to access the items and place them in the required location.

Never guess the type of crane you require and unless your contractor has an extensive background of engaging this type of equipment in their previous builds, don’t let them guess either.

Be mindful that if you book a crane and it arrives to site but are unable to complete the lifts, the cost to send a crane back to a depot and dispatch another one could cost you financially and potentially, set your build time back as well.

Request a quote on completion of your site meeting. Dependant on your location most cranes will attract a minimum charge regardless of how long they are on site. Minimum charges will increase as the size of the crane increases. Overtime charges for personnel will also be charged so don’t be afraid to request a copy of the companies most current schedule of rates which should specify normal hours of operation and all relevant charges you can expect to be included in your quotation.

Ensure the crane company you engage to complete your lifting requirements are suitably insured. Reputable operators will have a current Public & Products liability with a Hook Liability extension. Although the limit of liability each company has in place may differ, most companies would have a minimum of $20,000,000 cover. Ask for a certificate of currency prior to the commencement of works to ensure in the unlikely event of damage to your goods or building you can be certain the costs to rectify the damages can be meet by the companies insurer.

By Karli Sutherland, Quicklift – quicklift.com.au

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