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After finding a reliable forklift hire company, you will want to ensure that you understand the terms of hire fully before proceeding to the next step. The all-important question you cannot afford to neglect to ask is about who is responsible for which things.
Before signing the rental agreement for your forklift hire, ensure that you understand your responsibilities. The areas of interest include the following.
1. Delivery To Site
Most forklift delivery companies will see to the delivery of the rental equipment to your site. However, if you wish to do this on your own, then it shouldn't be a problem as long as you have the equipment to make the delivery safely.
2. Operation Of The Rentals
You can include operators in your forklift hire, or you can work with your in-house team. With the former, you get the services of the company's own trusted experts. If you choose the latter option, you have the responsibility of ensuring that they have the skills and the experience to operate the equipment safely. This is to guarantee the safety of everyone and avoid damage to the rental units.
3. Damage To The Rentals
Staying on equipment damage, if the forklifts get damaged while on your site, you can expect to be held liable. Whether or not you will be solely responsible for fixing the damage and to what extent you are liable will depend on the circumstances. Be prepared to pay if the damage is a direct result of the wrong use of the equipment by your staff.
That said, it is easy to see why forklift hire companies are quite adamant about insurance. Insurance helps in cushioning against such events.
4. Routine Maintenance
During the hire period, and especially for those longer periods, the forklifts may need tuning up as part of routine maintenance. Unless stated otherwise, the forklift hire company is usually responsible for this and will send over a technician.
5. Clean Up And Return
You can always handle cleaning the equipment yourself after you are done to avoid any additional cleaning charges that may apply. As with the delivery, you can choose to do it yourself, or you can have the forklift hire company take care of this task.
Where you may be in doubt about who a particular responsibility falls on, do not hesitate to ask. Always be in the know, and you can look forward to a great forklift hire experience. Contact a company that offers forklift hire services to learn more.