If you are in the construction business, then you must be aware of what crane trucks are all about. A crane truck is an expensive vehicle that is needed extensively in construction sites. However, all contractors cannot purchase crane trucks for their requirements. Many times, the contractor is on a small budget and he does not have the sufficient amount of funds to invest in a crane truck. In such cases, they resort to crane truck hiring. However, before you actually hire a crane truck, there are different things to consider. So, let us see what a crane truck is all about and how you can hire a crane truck for your work site.
Well, a crane truck is basically used to lift and lower down materials in the construction site. This equipment works with pulleys and cables and are widely used in the construction and manufacturing industries; these crane trucks are constructed as temporary structures. They can either be fixed to the ground or mounted on a vehicle. By hiring a crane truck, you will be able to save a lot of money. It will also save you from the headache of regularly maintaining your crane truck.
There are a lot of important aspects that you need to consider before you actually resort to crane truck hiring. Let us have a look at some of those factors:
You must take into consideration the liability issue as a crane truck can be quite a dangerous piece of equipment if it is left in the hands of an inexperienced operator. In most cases, crane truck hire deals include a supervisor as well who is provided to you by the crane truck owner itself. The supervisor is responsible for everything done with respect to the crane truck. He has the required knowledge of crane trucks and he will be able to guide you well. So, before hiring a crane truck, you should also check out whether the crane truck owner is responsible for the loss of property that might occur due to third-party damage or any kind of negligence.
There are a lot of crane truck hire contractors who are held responsible for inadequate crane operation conditions, bad lift information and unstable ground conditions. So, you should keep in mind that you need to clear everything with the crane truck owner before you actually decide to hire his crane truck for your job. You should also give him details of how exactly you are going to use his crane truck in your construction site. This will allow you to maintain a proper transparency with the truck owner.
A lot of risks can be involved in the task of lifting or loading material using the crane truck. This high risk operation will have to be taken care of by experienced operators only. Only then will you be able to ensure maximum safety while your work gets done. It is always better to do the entire operations from a crane company rather than simply hiring a crane truck. If you feel that you do not have the necessary competence to handle a crane truck, then it is always better to ask for help. Otherwise, you may put yourself as well as all your employees in danger.
In most cases, the contractors who hire the crane trucks are responsible for the operator and the equipment from the moment the equipment reaches the work site. Before you sign any kind of agreement with the crane truck owner, it is very important for you to understand that your responsibility starts from the construction site itself and not before that. If it is mentioned in the contract that the hirer is responsible for the truck from the moment the truck leaves the owner’s location, then it is preferable that you do not make a deal as it may cause you a lot of trouble.
If you have a crane truck operator of your own, then you must make sure that your operator follows all the necessary guidelines. Your operator should also have in-depth knowledge of crane trucks. They should also provide you with a proper risk assessment and method statement for the entire process. The operator should also understand the different aspects of crane truck handling, using the capacity of the crane truck, understanding ground conditions, handling heavy load, etc.
The crane truck operator must have a proper certificate. He should also be an expert in managing various operations at the work site. The operators should also conduct a proper assessment to determine the exact way you actually require your work to be done. The operator should also be assessed and interrogated properly to make sure that he is completely reliable and he will be able to get your job done seamlessly without any kind of potential hazards.
In case anything happens to the crane truck or the operator while he is working at the construction site, then the insurance should take cover for the damage done. There are various other aspects as well that must be included in the insurance coverage. This may include possible injury to the people working around the crane truck, injury to the crane operator, loss of revenue, damaged items, etc. You should also check out the insurance documents carefully before you make any commitment with the crane truck hiring company.
Some thoughts to end with:
As you all know, crane trucks are a very important part of any construction site. So, it is quite mandatory for you to get yourself well-informed about the operations of the crane truck. Irrespective of whether you want a crane truck hire or you have your own crane, you must follow all the necessary guidelines and conduct your activities in a safe and secure way. Otherwise, you may unnecessarily have to face a lot of trouble.
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