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Crane Supervisor

Crane Supervisors are responsible for supervising lifting operations.

The Role

  • Working 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
  • 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
  • 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


  • Trainee and newly trained Crane Supervisors can earn in the region of £25,000
  • Trained with experience, Crane Supervisors can earn in the region of £30,000 to £40,000
  • More experienced Crane Supervisors may earn in excess of £40,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.

Qualifications and Training

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 4 (C) or above, or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals.

While experience as a Crane Supervisor may not always be necessary, many employers will value construction site and lifting operations work experience. 

Many employers will offer on-the-job training, including working under the supervision of an experienced Crane Supervisor. There are recognised qualifications such as CPCS crane supervisor.

Progression Opportunities

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Next Steps


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Find out more

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