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Crane Supervisor's Role

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Crane Supervisors play a critical role in lifting operations.

Whether on a construction site or commercial or private property, the safety of people and structures in the surrounding area is paramount.

Aside from taking on the role of Crane Supervisor when on-site with our cranes and lifting projects Sussex Transport can also provide the necessary training for anyone wanting to take on the role of a crane (or lifting) supervisor.

But what does the job actually entail? What responsibilities does a crane supervisor hold?

This blog will examine these questions and look at how you can get the right qualifications to take on the role.

What Is A Crane – Or Lifting – Supervisor?

A crane supervisor is responsible for the management and safety of everyone working on the site in and around the lift operation.

They need to direct and supervise lifting operations to ensure they are carried out in accordance with the method statement.

Consequently, they need to be competent and suitably trained (more on that later) with sufficient experience and authority to stop a lifting operation if it is judged too dangerous to proceed.

What Does A Crane Supervisor Do?

So, what sort of responsibilities can you expect if you work as a crane supervisor?

The construction industry is full of life-threatening tasks that must be inspected, examined and executed correctly. Crane supervisors have the crucial work of reviewing potentially unsafe lifting practices to ensure the safety of the people involved.

There are several duties associated with the role.

  • These will include (but will not be limited to):
  • Working with teams to ensure all lifting operations comply with the law
  • Ensuring the health and safety of all employees and members of the public
  • Examining and assessing varied cranes according to work and the conditions involved.
  • Assigning relevant work to all crew members in accordance with the project and lifting plan
  • Ensuring relevant work by others is carried out safely, and to completion

Become A Crane Supervisor With Sussex Transport

If you have read the information above and think that becoming a crane supervisor is for you, Sussex Transport can help.

We run many training programmes offering industry-recognised qualifications.

Note: We also have our own Lorry Loader / Hiab driver training programmes for those looking for a new career within our logistics operation. Contact if you are interested.

Our crane supervisor course can help prepare you for the job.

Taught by qualified experts, you will learn:

  • Health and safety legislation, as it applies to Crane Supervisors.
  • Theoretical knowledge of lifting operations as a Crane Supervisor.
  • Crane Supervisor’s responsibilities, with regards to daily/weekly lifting equipment and accessories checks.
  • Familiarity with the equipment and use of the Operator’s manual.
  • Safe and best practice in practical lifting operating methods.
  • Understanding and communicating risk assessments and method statements to all personnel involved in a lifting operation.
  • The 1-3 day course (dependent on experience) will culminate with a theory and practical assessment. Those who pass will be awarded NPORS or Sussex Transport | Training Division accreditation.

If you would like to find out more information, contact our training team today.