Cranes, Heavy Lifting & Plant

Optima offer Operatives to cover the full spectrum of on site Heavy Lifting & Plant operations.

Our brand is synonymous with excellence in the provision of heavy lifting & plant personnel and this is born out by the fact that we deal with the biggest names in the industry across the UK and beyond. We pride ourselves on being one of the UK’s most experienced and well known companies within this sector. From appointed persons to crane operators, our Clients place their trust in our people to operate their plant safely and efficiently.

Optima’s Heavy Lifting & Plant Operations division provide the following skills:

Heavy Lifting:

  • Crawler Crane Operators
  • Tower Crane Operators
  • Mobile Crane Operators
  • Piling Rig Operators
  • Compact/Spider Crane Operators
  • Pedestrian Crane Operators
  • Appointed Persons
  • Crane Supervisors
  • Slinger Signallers/Banksman
  • Offshore Lifting Personnel
  • Lift Plans
  • Contract Lifts


  • 360 Excavator Operators
  • 180 Excavator Operators
  • MEWP Operators
  • Dozer Operators
  • ADT Operators
  • Grader Operators
  • Forward/Rear Tipping Dumper Operators
  • Ride on Roller Operators
  • Telehandler Operators
  • Forklift Operators
  • Tractor Operators

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For all enquiries, contact William Wall on 0208 783 9222 or [email protected]

We have always prided ourselves on the quality of the people we supply and we understand that we are only as good as the last Operative that we supplied to site. The majority of our candidates have been with Optima for a number of years and all of our Operatives without exception have had their trade certificates/qualifications verified using Phoenix (the CITB national database), medicals checked and confirmed, and will have given at least two references from previous reputable employers prior to being offered employment.

Optima understand that our Clients cannot afford to lose a moment let alone a day without an operator on site. Consequently we offer a full out of hours service 24/7 to allow for that unforeseen emergency to help eliminate or limit downtime for our Client’s crane/plant and also to help eliminate or limit costly delays to our Client’s projects. All our consultants have access off site to our extensive database of candidates and will do their utmost to satisfy any last minute requirements, inside or outside of usual business hours. We also offer a dedicated Account Manager / Consultant to look after each one of our Client’s.

Our Heavy Lifting & Plant Division currently has a database of around 4000 experienced crane operators, and 2000 fully trained Banksman Slingers, Crane Supervisors, and Appointed Persons. Working with Clients locally, nationally and internationally, we can provide any type of crane operator for any duration of hire – from 1 day to a few years. We can supply anything from crane operators for heavy lift crawler cranes with luffing jib attachments to operators for pedestrian tower cranes. We will always endeavour to source the right person for the job.

We are also able to supply Tower Crane Operator Assessments for each tower crane operator when they commence on site.

Whether you’re a client looking for a suitable candidate or a lifting professional looking for work, get in touch with us today.