If you need to hire construction plant and equipment for your next project, whether it’s an excavator, powered access, plant, or other machinery, it’s important you research beforehand.

To help you in this process, here are 5 things to avoid when hiring construction plant

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#1: Not Going with a Reputable Company

Make sure you only hire from a trustworthy construction plant company with a strong reputation in the market. You can investigate a company by looking for reviews online or contacting prior customers to learn about their experiences.

Check the accreditations of the plant-hire company as well. Accreditations certify that a business is authentic and operates according to established processes. Keep in mind that a trustworthy company would happily answer any queries you have and expand your plant knowledge.


#2: Prices That Are Too Good To Be True

If the price appears to be too good to be true, it most likely is. Cheap rates could suggest a variety of problems, including:

  • Costs that aren’t visible – Make sure you understand all of the charges, including transportation to and from your job site, attachments, petrol, cleaning fees, and whether or not VAT is included.
  • Out-of-date safety equipment or old equipment
  • Equipment that isn’t well maintained
  • If something goes wrong or breaks down and you find that the backup service is inadequate.
  • Operators who are untrained

One of the benefits of renting equipment is that you can ask the supplier any questions you want and learn everything you need to know about the equipment you’re interested in. Such as its age, quality, and what’s included in the price.

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#3: Not Checking If The Equipment Is Fit For Purpose

Construction equipment is available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Your project will benefit from a specific model size. If equipment is too small, the job will be done inefficiently. If equipment is too large, the machine may be unable to be properly transported around your construction site. You need to be certain that you are choosing the appropriate piece of construction equipment for your job.

Your construction plant hire company should be able to advise you on this, as well as suggest appropriate attachments for the equipment and other plant that will help you finish the work. Remember that the more details you provide, the better guidance you will receive. Some products will need certain types of documentation, ensure your supplier provides these.


#4: Avoiding Carrying Out Risk Assessments

Make sure you’re properly prepared for when your construction plant arrives and how you can protect your employees and the general public before it arrives.

It’s strongly advised to do a risk assessment of any hazards that have been identified. Make sure everyone on site is aware of them and ready to take the appropriate precautions to prevent all risks.

Avoid using inexperienced operators since they are not only a health and safety hazard, but they can also be inefficient, producing low quality work or causing damage to the plant.


#5: Not Checking The Plant Is Safe

One of the most crucial components of hiring plant is to make sure the firm you’re working with has a good safety record. They should prioritise safety in their operations and implement protocols to ensure that their plant is properly maintained and safe to run.



When you’ve hired plant is on site, double-check that it is exactly what you expect and give it a quick test run to ensure that all safety features, such as seat belts, beacons, quick-hitches, and cut-offs, are in working order.

To find out more about plant hire with Rehire UK or to speak with the team about your project and opening an account, get in touch with us today. Call 0330 055 3232, email sales@rehireuk.com or contact them online.

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About Rehire UK

With access to over 10,000 high-quality products, Rehire UK can provide their clients with the machinery they require, anywhere in the UK.

Already supplying customers within the Construction, Energy, Industrial, Retail and Infrastructure sectors, Rehire UK can even offer same-day delivery on some products whilst next day delivery on most.

From groundworks to powered access, tool hire to lifting equipment, generators to security, the Rehire UK network can provide anything from a paddle mixer to the largest truck mount.

To find out more about Rehire UK or to speak with the team about your project and opening an account, get in touch with us today. Call 0330 055 3232, email sales@rehireuk.com or contact them online.