HIAB Hire and Specialist Lifting

Looking for HIAB hire? Our experienced crane operatives can lift and haul a variety of heavy objects, using our long reach and heavy load HIAB lorry loaders.

Hiab Hire North East

Our experienced crane operatives can lift and haul a variety of heavy objects, using our long reach and heavy load HIAB lorry loaders, including but not limited to:

  • All sizes of containers
  • Movement of site accommodation
  • Generators and compressors
  • Industrial machinery
  • Industrial materials
  • Boats
  • Wheeled plant machinery
  • Hot tubs
  • Large kitchen equipment e.g pizza ovens
  • Mobile homes/static caravans

Crane Hire

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

Crane Contact Lift

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

Lift Plans

Highway Logistics can consult on safe lift planning. The planning of individual routine lifting operations may be the responsibility of those who carry them out (e.g a slinger or crane operator). But for much more complex lifting operations (eg a tandem lift using multiple cranes), a written plan should be developed by a person with significant and specific competencies – adequate training, knowledge, skills and expertise – suitable for the level of the task.


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.