Lifting Services

T.Shanks Engineering Ltd work hand in hand with local and national crane hire firms to ensure that any lifting is performed to the requirements as set out in BS 7121. We have been involved in complex lift of tanks and VATS including complex lifts with two mobile cranes working in tandem in order to top and tail tanks ready for installation.

We also have trained and competent personnel to ensure your lift runs smoothly. Our engineers are trained:

Appointed Persons

The role of the appointed person is to complete a safe system of work for all lifting operations. The appointed person must ensure that a comprehensive risk assessment, method statement and lift plan is in place. He must ensure that the correct crane for the lift has been selected and that the appropriate load handling accessories (chains, slings, webs etc) have been selected and that the slinging technique and the calculation of all down rating of accessories to ensure a safe operation.

Crane Supervisor

The crane supervisor directs and supervises the lifting operation, ensuring that the operation is carried out in accordance with the lift plan, method statement and risk assessment. The crane supervisor must have the proper authority to be able to stop the lift if the lift is deviating outside the agreed procedure and the crane supervisor considers the lift too dangerous to proceed.


The signaller has to competently relay the signal from slinger to crane driver. Only one signaller should be on the job and the crane driver should move his crane under the direction of that one person and no others. If the signaller ever wants to pass the signalling over to a new person this should be clearly signalled to the crane driver. The crane driver and second signaller must clearly signal that both know that the transfer of signaller duties has occurred.


The slinger is responsible from attaching and detaching the load to and from the crane and for using the correct lifting equipment and accessories in accordance with the lift plan. The slinger should also inspect lifting accessories and equipment before and after use to ensure that the equipment is not damaged. Damaged equipment should be properly exposed (for example, any damaged polyester or nylon slings should be cut right through with a knife of saw so nobody else can be in any doubt that the equipment is damaged.