Excavator as a Crane

The use of an excavator for lifting duties is a specialist operation. This requires a written safe work method statement for the lifting operations which must suitable and sufficient. 

Excavators are primarily used for excavating and handling loose material rather than lifting suspended loads and should not be used to undertake multiple lifts.

Excavators should only be selected for lifting operations when it is not reasonably practicable to provide machines specifically designed for such operations such as cranes, telehandlers etc., justified through robust risk assessment.

Using an excavator for lifting operations brings additional risks not present with specifically designed plant for lifting, and requires the operator to have received specific training and assessment of competence in lifting operations with excavators.

Excavators, telehandlers, skidsteer loaders, loading shovels and tractors can be used for a wide range of other tasks.  We can provide training for the use of any attachment. We need to speak with you at the booking stage to ensure the training is suitable and sufficient.


A brief list of some of the attachments which we train on include, but there are many others, so please do contact us:

Auger, Asphalt spreader, Bale clamp, Bale fork, Box tippler, Back hoe, Block Grab, Breaker, Bucket, Carpet pole, Chipper, Clamp shell bucket, Compactor plate, Concrete mixer, Crusher, Downey basket, Dumper hopper, Dozer blade, Drum mulcher, Forks, Fork extensions, Falco forks, Front loader, Flail, Grapple, Grader, Hedge cutter, Hook, Truss Jib, Jib, Levelling blade, Landscape rake, Man basket, Paper reel clamp, Pulveriser, Packer wheel, Post installer, PTO equipment, Quick hitch, Recycling grab, Roto bucket, Ripper, Rota brush, Rota rake, Sheer, Soil conditioner, Scarifier, Stump grinder, Snow plough, Snow blower, Salt spreader, Thumb clasp, Tilt Rotator, Trencher, Trench roller, Tree spade, Turf layer, Tiller, Trailer, Vibratory roller, Winch, 3 point linkage

We also offer specific course for Telehandler with suspended loads

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