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Crane Supervisors are responsible for supervising lifting operations and following the lift plan prepared by the Appointed Person.

Average salaries are in the region of £29,000.00 to £38,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Crane Supervisors are responsible for supervising lifting operations and following the lift plan prepared by the Appointed Person.

What they do

Crane Supervisors work as part of a team to ensure lifting operations comply with the law and they secure the health and safety of employees and of all those affected by the operations.

Cranes are found on many industrial and construction sites and all lifting operations in the UK must comply with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations.

Typical tasks include:

  • Co-ordinating and supervising all lifting activities in accordance with the Lifting Plan
  • Briefing all lifting team members
  • Being present during all lifting operations
  • Ensuring that ground conditions are safe for any operations involving mobile cranes
  • Taking suitable measures to rectify unsafe conditions
  • Ensuring only registered operators and appointed staff are involved in any lifting operation

Hours & Salary

  • Trainee and newly trained Crane Supervisors can earn in the region of £20,000
  • Trained with experience, Crane Supervisors can earn in the region of £29,000 to £38,000
  • More experienced Crane Supervisors may earn in excess of £40,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.

In a full-time position, Crane Supervisors usually work between 35 and 40 hours per week. Working hours can be variable and overtime may be required in order to meet project deadlines.


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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

Although no formal entry qualifications are required to become a Crane Supervisor, it is generally recommended to achieve four GCSEs, including maths and English, at grade C or above, or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals.

Do I need any experience?

While experience as a Crane Supervisor may not always be necessary, many employers will value construction site and lifting operations work experience. Employment experience as a Crane Operator may be one route into the role of Crane Supervisor.

What training would I need for this role?

Many employers will offer on-the-job training, including working under the supervision of an experienced Crane Supervisor. Completing a course in crane supervision will tap-into and enhance existing knowledge of lifting operations and allow development of the appropriate skills needed to direct and supervise a safe lifting operation.  There are recognised qualifications such as CPCS crane supervisor.

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Career trends and forecasts

530 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 530 plant operatives every year to meet demand from now until 2019, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI).

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