Advantages of Formalizing a Lift Plan in Taxi-Crane Situations

Since 1998, the crane rental industry in the United Kingdom has undergone a transformation. Prior to the release of LOLER regulations in 1998, followed by BS7121 part 3 in 2000, customers in the U.K. could simply call a crane-hire company and order a crane based on weight of load or height of lift. The crane company would give the client a price and take the order, similar to what the United States calls the taxi-crane-for-hire business. (Bare rental is not an option in the U.K.)

The inherent problem with this style of rental contract is that there isn’t much opportunity to perform lift pre-planning. On the day of the lift, the crane operator arrives, decides where to set up the crane, and if you are lucky, the client provides someone to do the rigging.

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About the Author: 

Lee Rowe

Lee Rowe has worked around cranes from a young age, learning the trade from his father. He has held senior
management positions with Ainscough Crane Hire and Baldwins Industrial Services, and currenly is a non-executive director of Brand 1 Solutions, a specialized contract lifting company in the U.K. He can be reached at