Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Crane Hire Service Providers
In the decade 2000-2010, 9 workers were killed, and 25 seriously injured in a total of over 60 serious accidents involving crane operations in the UK. Although tower cranes were heavily involved, and safety was tightened up by the Health and Safety Executive, serious accidents continue to occur across all areas of crane operations. Most caused by a lack of health and safety, poor maintenance, or crane operator error. This is why it is vitally important to ensure that you choose a reliable crane service that you can count on.
With this in mind, if you find yourself in charge of a job which requires some heavy lifting, are you up to speed when it comes to selecting a reliable crane service to give the contract to? Anything at height on a UK construction site, be it tools, materials, or individuals, is a potential accident waiting to happen, and that risk has to be continually assessed.
Checking out crane service companies
In this hazardous area of construction, your choice of a reliable crane service supplier shouldn’t be governed by cost. In fact, cost should only be considered at the end, when you have satisfied yourself a particular crane service provider can undertake the project in as safe a manner as possible.
Always remember, lifting anything is a hazardous process. Whether it is a builder’s skip over a six-foot wall, or a bag of builder’s sand from one part of the site to another, if it’s in the air, it’s a hazard. If your required lift is a 20 foot, 10 tonne lintel, which has to be placed on two load-bearing walls 20 feet up in a tight space, it’s hazardous and dangerous. For this type of work, your choice of crane service companies that can safely carry it out, begins to diminish.
Visit your chosen crane hire service companies
Booking your heavy lift from a reliable crane service contractor is not just a matter of picking up the phone. By all means phone around with the basic details. Then shortlist your chosen crane service provider and pay them a visit. The questions they ask will provide a good insight into their ability to undertake the lift, but there are also questions you should ask them.
A reliable crane service provider should ask:
- What you want lifting
- Its weight
- What it’s made of (steel, concrete)
- How high is the lift
- How far from the platform does it have to be telescoped out
- How much working space is there
- Are there any hazards
- Can a heavy mobile crane safely access the site
Notice no mention of the type of crane required. Once you have explained your needs and described the site, your crane hire company should be able to suggest the best types of crane for the job. Remember, in the world of heavy lifting, no two jobs are the same. If your job sounds just a little out of the ordinary, a reliable crane service company will arrange a site visit, and go through every stage with you, to ensure everyone’s on the same page. This will provide you with the peace of mind that the crane service provider is aware of all of your unique requirements, and you will receive the best service for you.
Picking your reliable crane service operator
Here at Emerson Crane Hire, we are a well-established crane hire company, with a long-serving, loyal workforce of drivers, operators, engineers, and mechanics. All of our vehicles are our own and are serviced in modern workshops by our own engineers and mechanics. All work is carried out to LOLER specifications and timeframes. Health and Safety procedures are rigorously followed by all staff whether in the workshop or onsite, and shortcuts are not tolerated. If you are looking for experienced and reliable crane service to help you to tackle your project, you definitely came to the right place.
We also have an impressive list of 15 accreditations in all areas of crane operations and safety procedures, and will happily provide those, and testimonials of completed jobs carried out. If you have a heavy lift coming up in the near future, please give us a call to discuss your needs with a member of our team. Our reliable crane service providers are always happy to help.