What Its Like to Operate Cranes

What Its Like to Operate Cranes


On a construction site in Burnaby, BC, Mega Cranes hoisted me up 200 feet to the top of their tower crane. For me to climb the tower required me to have my Fall Protection Certificate, which I did online before mounting the crane.

After I was fully equipped, Mike took me up the crane.

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This is not the job for you if you are terrified of heights or dislike cramped areas. It’s not easy as you imagine but the magnificent view makes up for it.

It seemed like you were playing a video game with joysticks. When you got to the top to operate the cranes, you must first obtain your radio controls, after which you must work with your rigger on the ground to receive instructions.

When most people think of construction sites, they think of them as a hassle since they’re loud and noisy, and road closures cause delays, but there’s a lot going on within them to make it all happen. Those crane operators are just one piece of the puzzle, and they work in tandem with the rest of the system to construct a building.  It’s an incredible process, and I’m fortunate to be able to witness and participate in it for a short time.

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