Construction is one of the UK’s biggest employment sectors, with over 2.3 million workers and an economic output that accounts for nearly 7% of UK GDP.

The construction and allied industries are totally reliant on the full spectrum of plant and machinery, from common plant such as excavators, dumpers, telehandlers etc. up to a wide range of specialist equipment such as cranes, hoists, concrete pumps, etc. and all the other machinery and equipment that is such a crucial part of all construction projects. Nearly all of this equipment is hired in from specialist companies who provide the right equipment at the right time. The plant-hire industry is worth in excess of £5 billion to the UK economy.

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Guidance & Resources

CPA is the UK’s principal point of contact for all issues relating to use of construction and allied plant and equipment. CPA works with government departments and agencies, local authorities, construction clients and contractors, leadership and skills bodies, other trade associations, third-sector organisations etc. Through its extensive contacts, and with access to a wide range of industry experts and experience, CPA can help with resolution of issues including:

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CPA is committed to providing Members with first class support services to assist the effective running of their business.
Our Member benefits include:

  • Advice on legal, safety, technical, training and policy matters
  • Good practice guidance, safety and technical publications
  • Comprehensive advice for business support
  • Links to insurance, financial and other support services
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Special Interest Groups

To provide focus points within its diverse membership, CPA supports a number of Special Interest Groups, which tackle issues within specialist sectors. These include:


CPA Stewardship Responsibilities

The CPA oversees a number of specialist entities on behalf of the construction and allied sectors. This includes the Plant Safety Group and the Plant Sector Representative Organisation.