TRL stands for quality on Teesside and beyond

If you need someone to share the load, speak to Teesside Rigging & Lifting.

TRL is a strong, independent, ambitious company with more than 30 years’ experience of servicing the engineering construction industry, covering all aspects of steel erecting, rigging, lifting and site services for projects both in the UK and overseas.

Founded in 2008 by managing director Steve Smith, TRL has steadily grown and continues to expand, with quality and customer satisfaction at its heart.

“We are committed to offering the highest quality services while delivering exceptional customer satisfaction,” says Mr Smith.

“We treat every customer – existing and potential – with the same level of dedication and commitment. This trait has made us a trusted supplier to the engineering construction industry.

“We recognise that clients need to be able to get on with the job safely and with minimum disruption and downtime. All scopes of work and lifting operations are properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people in compliance with all current statutory legislation requirements.”

As well as its head office at North Tees Industrial Estate, Stockton, TRL also boasts a modern 7,500-sq ft training centre. The firm has ECITB, OPITO and LEEA accreditations, is FAPL accredited and has achieved the quality standards of ISO 14001 and ISO 9001:2008 and BS OHSAS 18001 and 45001.

With projects ranging from 26 tons to 5,500 tons, TRL is specifically audited on the provision of steel erecting and training and consultancy for rigging and lifting and associated services.

Recent projects have seen involvement on MGT Teesside, Tees Renewable Energy Plant and Anglo American’s Woodsmith mine where, with a team of primarily local tradesmen peaking at more than 100 workers, it erected thousands of tons of complex steel structures safely and effectively.

“We are extremely proud of what we have achieved with our training services and the site-based projects we have been involved with,” says Mr Smith.

“We keep setting our standards very high and we have been able to meet them because of the people we employ – a company is only as good as the people who work for it.

“Without the hard work, commitment and knowledge of our people, we have we could not have grown as and the position we are in and the order book we have is testament to their hard work.”

Once it had cemented a reputation as one of the UK’s leading rigging and lifting training facilities, TRL set about establishing itself on the international stage.

The firm then went through the process of gaining approval to run the ECITB International Training Competence in Engineering training programme.

This allowed it to expand and it now has a global reach through its ICE (ECITB: International Competence in Engineering) training programmes and assessments.

“The projects we have undertaken internationally have been incredibly successful,” says Mr Smith.

“From our Teesside base we have far-reaching partnerships delivering training and personnel across the world. We have successfully delivered training programmes in Ghana, Morocco, Algeria, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Miri, Calgary and Houston.

“All our personnel are fully qualified instructors who have spent years in the field building up their expertise in their specific discipline.

“They are now being utilised by our clients in a dual role, being able to deliver internationally recognised qualifications to the workforce that are transferrable worldwide via the

“In recent years we have completed a six-month contract in Algeria for JV Gas (BP/Statoil and Sonatrach) and JGC, as well as also projects in Morocco for Jacobs SA.”

During the IACP In Amenas Gas Compressions Project, TRL instructors trained and coached more than 100 candidates through the IHSP International Health & Safety Passport scheme.

Those involved ranged from onsite operatives, who all achieved the International Foundation Passport, to the HSE Management team, who all successfully achieved the Advanced Safety Passport.

TRL’s coaching covered slinger banksman training and rigging training onsite, and all rigging and lifting personnel were awarded ICE level 2 certificates.

TRL’s sister company Teesside Bridge Engineering is the fabrication arm of the operation, responsible for all plating, fabrication and welding activities, both in the workshop and onsite.

“Our 6,000 sq ft fabrication shop facility has two-ton and ten-ton crane capacity with easy access, and we are fully self-sufficient,” says Mr Smith.

Situated on Skippers Lane Industrial Estate in Middlesbrough, the fabrication shop is 15 minutes from the Wilton and SSI sites and Teesport.

Teesside Bridge Engineering is qualified to EN1090, allowing it to fabricate to execution class 2, and has ISO accreditations 9001, 14001 and 45001.

“We are passionate about bringing the younger generation into this industry and have been heavily involved in the new rigging and erecting apprenticeship in the UK and have developed several programmes and standards for the ECITB,” adds Mr Smith.

“We have been heavily involved in the new apprenticeship standards and there are some very exciting times on the horizon. We are ambitious and want to play our part in raising the profile of the North-East and have plans for future development in the local area.

“Teesside is a wonderful place, with lots of excellent companies. There is no doubt that in the past the area ha been neglected and forgotten about, but now there is a host of exciting projects on the horizon and a new wave of optimism.

“Through both Teesside Rigging & Lifting and Teesside Bridge Engineering, we believe we can help achieve great things.”

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