Hiab Crane For Hire

Mobile Crane Hire

Crane Hire

Our experienced hire crane operatives can lift (and haul if needed) a variety of heavy objects, using our long reach and heavy load hiab lorry loaders, including but not limited to:

  • Construction Materials: Beams, precast concrete panels, steel structures, timber, and roofing materials.
  • Heavy Equipment: Generators, compressors, large industrial machinery, and HVAC units.
  • Vehicles: Cars, boats, and small aircraft that need to be moved or placed in hard-to-reach areas.
  • Shipping Containers: Lifting and moving containers at ports, shipping yards, or construction sites.
  • Trees and Landscaping Elements: Large trees, boulders, and other substantial landscaping materials.
  • Modular Homes: Components of prefabricated or modular homes for placement or assembly.
  • Utility Infrastructure: Poles, transformers, and other electrical or telecommunications equipment.
  • Industrial Machinery: Moving or installing heavy industrial machines in factories and plants.
  • Art and Monuments: Large sculptures, monuments, and other artistic installations.
  • Emergency Response: Debris removal during disaster response and recovery operations, like after a storm or earthquake.


  • Construction and Engineering: This is perhaps the most obvious industry that uses mobile cranes. They are crucial for lifting and transporting heavy building materials, such as steel beams, precast concrete, and large machinery, across construction sites.
  • Renewable Energy: In the installation of renewable energy infrastructure, such as wind turbines and solar panels, mobile cranes are used to hoist and position heavy components.
  • Manufacturing: Factories and industrial plants often require mobile crane services to move large equipment or machinery during installations or relocations.
  • Transport and Automotive: Mobile cranes are used in the transport industry for loading and unloading heavy goods, including vehicles like buses and trucks, which need to be moved from manufacturers to dealerships or repair shops.
  • Ports and Shipbuilding: Mobile cranes are crucial in ports for loading and unloading cargo from ships. They are also used in shipyards for constructing and repairing ships, lifting heavy parts such as engines and steel plates.
  • Utilities and Telecommunications: For setting up and maintaining infrastructure like electricity pylons, telecommunications masts, and large transformers, mobile cranes are often necessary.
  • Oil, Gas, and Chemical Industries: These sectors require the movement of heavy and sometimes hazardous materials, where mobile cranes can provide the necessary lifting capabilities in refineries, chemical plants, and oil fields.
  • Railway: Mobile cranes are used in the construction and maintenance of railway infrastructure, including the installation of tracks and the placement of bridge sections.
  • Military and Defence: The military sector uses mobile cranes for a variety of purposes, including the movement of heavy equipment, vehicles, and even in the construction of temporary bases or facilities.
  • Aerospace: Mobile cranes are used in the assembly of aircraft and spacecraft, often handling large and delicate components that are critical for aerospace manufacturing.
  • Entertainment and Public Events: For setting up stages, lighting rigs, and other heavy equipment required for concerts, festivals, the film industry and public gatherings, mobile cranes are often deployed.

Crane Hire For Your Site

We offer on site crane hire when needed. If you are planning a lift, hire a Phelan Haulage heavy duty hiab crane and operator to work to your instructions on site.

We also offer contract lifting

Further to regular crane hire, we offer a Contract Lift service, which will see us take on further responsibilities. Phelan Haulage will plan the lift, select a suitable crane, will designate an Appointed Person, supervise the lift and arrange the slinging and signalling.

What is a HIAB?

Hiab is actually a brand name.  It’s a word that has become common place in the haulage industry when referring to a lorry mounted crane or lorry loader.  These vehicles are made up of a truck and crane combined in one vehicle and help to load and unload trucks by using the vehicle engine to power the hydraulics of the crane.  The beauty of these vehicles is that they can deliver goods to site as well as lift them on and off the truck which can often reduce the need for a separate mobile crane.  They can also be used to move goods within a space.  For example rather than delivering goods they can move containers, generators or other items from one space to another within a building site which is a common request for us. 

There are two common types of HIAB truck.

Rigid – A rigid Hiab is a vehicle which is a made up of the truck, trailer and lorry mounted crane all in one rigid structure. 

Articulated – An artic Hiab is a vehicle which is made up of a truck with the lorry mounted crane situated behind the cab.  These trucks can move around unit only or can pull a variety of trailers.


With 15+ years experience, Phelan Haulage provide a specialist crane hire service throughout the UK and Ireland. We cover all aspects of road haulage, specialising in truck-mounted high reach, heavy load hiab crane hire and abnormal loads transport. Located in the North East of England, we serve the surrounding areas of Gateshead, Newcastle, North and South Tyneside, Sunderland, Durham and Middlesbrough daily with quick response to the entire of the United Kingdom and Ireland. 

All of our operatives are fully insured as well as ALLMI lorry loader trained and accredited. We use our new Volvo trucks and Cormach/Fassi hiab cranes to get the job done safely and efficiently. We will ensure that your products arrive at their destination both safely and on time no matter however diverse your requirements.