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Contract lifting


In general, any organisation requiring a load to be lifted and moved, which does not own its own crane, has two basic options:

  • Hiring a crane (Crane Hire)

  • Employing a contractor to carry out the lifting operation (Contract Lift)

Crane Hire should only be undertaken by individuals or organisations that can satisfy the crane owner that they have sufficient knowledge, experience and training in performing a lifting operation safely.

If an individual/organisation does not have the expertise in lifting operations, does not have the correctly-trained personnel or just wishes to take the worry out of completing a detailed lifting operation and insurance arrangements themselves, then Southern Cranes can help. We can provide a comprehensive contract solution with an emphasis on safety.

Crane hire

The hiring individual or organisation requiring a load to be lifted must:

  • carry out all work as per British Standard 7121 'Safe use of cranes' and LOLER (Lifting Operation & Lifting Equipment Regulations)

  • supply a qualified Appointed Person to plan and oversee the works

  • ensure that the crane hired is of a suitable type and capacity

  • write a method statement (lifting plan), risk assessment etc. to ensure the lift is carefully planned and carried out

  • have adequate and appropriate insurance cover

  • check the credentials and certifications of the crane hire company.

Contract lift

A hirer who wants a lift to be undertaken but does not have the relevant expertise should ask us to undertake a contract lift. We will:

  • carry out the work as per British Standard 7121 'Safe use of cranes' and LOLER (Lifting Operation & Lifting Equipment Regulations)

  • visit your site to assess the planned work and suggest the best way to meet your needs

  • select the correct equipment/solution to meet your requirements

  • supply you with a detailed 'Method Statement' for the work and 'Risk Assessment' documentation, all prepared by a trained CPCS Appointed Person

  • appoint all the 'Lifting Operation Team' including the CPCS qualified operator(s), Slinger Signaller(s) and Lifting Supervisor

  • organise and control the delivery of equipment to site and the lifting operation.

We can also supply any 'traffic management' and additional transport as required.

The hiring-in organisation will need to supply us with the details of the ground conditions and any underground services so that we can ensure the correct crane and equipment is planned for and delivered.

Please note: All lifting operations to be undertaken at a household address will be assumed to be a domestic customer until all assurances are met.

We can provide many transport solutions for different scenarios. Our fleet includes heavy, extendable low loaders, rigid flatbed lorries and high capacity lorry loaders.
Material handling
We offer various solutions for handling material on site. We operate a large and versatile fleet of telescopic handlers plus several other specialist 'pick and carry' machines.
Powered access
We have a wide range of powered access equipment and are able to supply many more machines than are listed here. With such a versatile fleet we can offer our clients the ideal access solution.
Take a look at our gallery of our cranes, powered access and transport. A wide range of applications from large, prestige installations to areas with difficult access.