Crane Chaser

Crane Chasers is a job title given to a variety of actual positions that include Drilling and Surveying Assistants, Mining Workers and Laggers. These occupations are truly physically demanding as Crane Chasers must be able to rack heavy equipment, set up and break down job sites and perform other tasks including lift heavy loads. Crane Chasers have skills that are highly desirable and necessary to the projects that are being created to improve our communities.

Duties and tasks

  • Check that all loads are balanced properly and safely
  • Direct operators when it is safe to move loads
  • Double check to make sure all loads are secure
  • Ensure loads are within lawful weight limits
  • Examine all loads prior to move
  • Guide operator so load is properly positioned
  • Inspect all equipment to prevent injuries and damages
  • Secure winches
  • Sling cranes

Skills required

  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Ability to move heavy objects
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Good communication skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Knowledge of physics

Working conditions

Crane Chasers work in outdoor settings so they must be willing to endure the weather throughout all of the seasons. The work is hard and the lifting can prove to be problematic. Because projects must be completed by deadline, there can be tension and stress when it comes to getting the job finished.

Professional associations / Industry information

Civil Contractors Federation
Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council
IFAP (Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention)
Safe Work (SA)
Safe Work (WA)
WorkCover NSW

Related jobs and job titles

  • Construction Worker
  • Crane Operator
  • Digger Operator
  • Mobile Plant Operator
  • Rigger
  • Road Worker
  • Rural Heavy Vehicle Operator
  • Scaffolder