INSURANCE FOR THE CIVIL & CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
If there is no specific reference to CPHA conditions, then enquiries must be made to establish whether CPHA conditions had been discussed verbally and agreed by the parties before the relevant paperwork was issued. The trading history of the parties is also relevant. There may, for example, be a Term Agreement in place with a particular supplier which sets out the Terms & Conditions under which all plant will be hired. Alternatively, there may be an unwritten understanding between the parties to the same effect. Plant is frequently hired by cell phone, either from the contract site or from your centrally based Ready Mix orders Department. In the latter case, there is likely to be more consistency over agreed Terms & Conditions and better paperwork, but, it is all too common for plant to be hired at short notice and in a hurry, particularly from site, when cost and availability are the overriding concerns and there is unlikely to be any consideration given by the hirer to other aspects. Does the fact that your site agent or foreman who ordered a Digger loader late on a Friday afternoon, at an agreed rate of R300.00 per hour plus diesel, with transport of R1000.00 each way, mean that you have no obligations other than to pay for the hire of the machine? Even at common law, there are liabilities upon those who hire plant, as they will be deemed to be bailees and therefore obliged to take reasonable care of the goods and return them to the supplier at the end of the hire period.
Your responsibility as hirer
- When reference to the terms and conditions of CPHA have been used, you are responsible for the damage to the plant and machinery
- When no terms and conditions have been stipulated by the Plant Hire company, you are commonly known as a “bailee” and in common law you are therefore obliged to take reasonable care of the goods and return them to the supplier at the end of the hire period Remember to read the fine print before you hire – and absence of fine print does not mean absence of responsibility! Insurance for Ready Mix companies for Hired In Plant is available on an Annual Contractors All Risk Policy or as an Annual Standalone policy. Click here for a plant hired in quote.
THE LEGAL STUFF
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