A Day in the Life of a Crane Operator

When you work as a crane operator, one of the first things that you must do each day is take a look at the weather forecast. If there is even just a slight chance of inclement weather, you’re going to need to be on high alert all day long so that you don’t end up trying to perform a lift while the weather is bad. There are also a series of other things that you’ll do throughout the day, assuming the weather doesn’t throw a monkey wrench into your plans. Here is how a typical day plays out for a crane operator when they show up for work on a construction site.

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They begin by discussing what they’re going to need to do on any given day.

Before a crane operator gets anywhere near their crane first thing in the morning, they’ll usually attend some kind of meeting with the rest of the construction crew that’s working that day and find out what their responsibilities will be. It’s good for everyone to get on the same page, and it’s especially important for crane operators to know what’s going to be expected of them. During this meeting, they’ll get a chance to express any concerns they might have and to field questions and comments from the crew that’s going to need to rely on them for help.

They perform a thorough inspection of their crane before climbing into it.

Once a crane operator is finished meeting with the crew that they’re going to be working with, they’ll head out to their crane and get ready to start using it. However, prior to climbing into the crane, they’ll perform a thorough crane inspection to make sure that there isn’t anything they need to worry about while using the crane. They’ll inspect everything from the various bolts and connections on a crane to the brakes on a crane to ensure they’re all in good working order. Safety is always a top priority for crane operators.

They spend long hours inside the cab of their crane lifting things and moving them around.

As long as a crane is in good condition, a crane operator will climb inside the cab of it and fire it up. From there, they’ll spend upwards of 10 to sometimes 14 hours manning the crane and helping construction workers move materials around and lift them up high into the sky. It can be a grueling job, but it’s also a very rewarding and lucrative job for crane operators. What’s more, they’re able to play an integral part in helping move a construction project towards the finish line.

Do you need a crane operator to come and help you on your construction site? Astro Crane can set you up with qualified crane operators as well as a wide variety of cranes if you need one. Call us at 978-429-8666 for more information on hiring a crane operator or renting a crane from our fleet.