Operate tower crane


Operate a tower crane, a tall crane used to lift heavy weights. Communicate with the rigger over radio and using gestures to coordinate the movement. Make sure the crane is not overloaded, and take into account weather conditions.

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Relationships with occupations

Essential skill

Operate tower crane is an essential skill of the following occupations:

Tower crane operator: Tower crane operators work with tower cranes, tall balance cranes consisting of a horizontal jib mounted on a vertical mast, along with the necessary motors and lifting hook attached to the jib. Operators control the crane from within a control cabin, or use radio control.

Optional skill

Operate tower crane is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this skill may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Rigger: Riggers specialise in the lifting of heavy objects, often helped by a crane or derrick. They work with crane operators to attach and detach crane loads. They may also install the heavy object in place.
Crane crew supervisor: Crane crew supervisors are present to supervise crane operations. They keep an eye on safety and make sure regulations are followed. The supervisor takes quick decisions to resolve problems.
Crane technician: Crane technicians assemble industrial and harbor cranes components. They install conveyors and controls. Crane technicians perform the final assembly on site and maintain and repair cranes.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022