Most construction projects hire some, or all, of their construction equipment. These items could be portable electric tools, through to monster bulldozers and excavators. Sometimes the item is only required for a couple of days (even a few hours), while other equipment is required for the duration of the project. On large earthmoving projects hired equipment could make up some 40% of the project costs, so even small savings can make a difference to the project’s profits.
What to check for when hired equipment arrives on your project
The task of receiving equipment deliveries is often left to a person who has not been told what to look for. Things to check when hired equipment arrives on the project include:
Where the item is supplied with an operator, it’s important to check that the operator has all the correct licenses to operate the equipment. The operator should attend a project-specific introduction or induction so that they are aware of the rules and the hazards of the project before they start working.
Understanding the conditions in the hire agreement
Often items of equipment are hired, but the project team has not read the terms of the hire agreement, which can be fairly stringent. The terms should include:
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