Tales From The Hook episode 2

🎤 Second podcast has launched

Two construction workers commit suicide each day. After a successful BBC documentary titled “We Are England:
Coping in Construction”, Steve Kerslake of Construction Sport discusses what mental health means for the construction industry.

Steve was a fantastic guest and subject matter aside we had a real laugh late last night. Also had the pleasure of bumping into Steve at London Build Expo

👂 You can listen in here or click the section to the left

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Sponsored by Liebherr Mobile and Crawler Cranes and supported by Construction Wave

Feedback as always very much welcomed

Podcast Launch

It’s happened!

My first episode in my #podcast series Tales From The Hook launched yesterday, sadly I was sooooo busy I didn’t have time to relay this fantastic news to anyone.

🎤 A brilliant and honest chat with the fantastic Christina Riley touching on her 30 years years in construction and the changes she has seen and been through.

👂 You can listen to the podcast here on my website, check the side menu or – 

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➡️Listen Notes

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☕️ This podcast couldn’t have happened without the support and help from Andrew Curtin at Construction Wave just shows you never know where those coffee conversations will take you.

🏗️ But also with the support from Liebherr who have decided to come with me on this journey.

Look forward to hearing what you all think….(probably😅)

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Double Trouble

Before I go into my bauma experience the ins the outs etc I just want to share this, walking around Sunday with Liebherr learning about the new machines I spotted a familiar meaty head that I wasn’t expecting to see hanging from a crawler crane lol

After getting over my initial shock I returned the next day, stood for a longer time than I care to admit waiting for the video to pop back up, it was on a reel with multiple Liebherr videos. So I waited patiently in the rain, met Andrew Wilder from Liebherr Australia and then Liebherr’s Roland Noestler patiently waited with me to help me with some photos………..(thank you 🙏) even Christoph Mai dropped by a couple of times.

Anyway I got there in the end and it only cost me an hour of my time at max 😂 you know when you commit so much time to something you are to scared to leave just in case it is about to happen??

So without further adieu here is the one and only time I will probably see my head hanging from a crane …………

(yes everyone was looking, yes they all thought I had lost it)

Featured in the Liebherr Upload Magazine

Recently I was featured in the rather beautiful Liebherr Upload magazine. Really proud with how it turned out and honoured to be invited to feature ❤️

I touch on

👉My journey

👉 The future

👉 Necessary industry changes

👉Working for Select

👉Unplugged cranes

If you haven’t has a look you can have a look at all of the magazines here👉 https://www.liebherr.com/en/gbr/products/mobile-and-crawler-cranes/customer-magazine/downloads.html

I am featured in the magazine 2 2022, the piece starts on page 84 with some of Liebherr’s fantastic female workforce.

Television Debut – Impossible Engineering With A Steam Shovel!

8 months ago I undertook maybe my biggest challenge I was contacted by Impossible Engineering to appear on their Tv show talking about steam shovels.

Having never done TV presenting I wasn’t sure what to expect, I was told it was only a short segment but to expect being filmed for the whole day. We filmed at Statforld Barn Railway ( https://statfoldbarnrailway.co.uk ) which is a great place and well worth a visit.

I was presented with a script and a steam shovel, overwhelmed and amazingly excited I went to work!

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The steam shovel is an extraordinary piece of engineering there is only one person who can operate it at Statfold and after sitting in it I can fully understand why!

Screen Shot from the show

The 1915 steam shovel runs off only three levers and a break but the pressure needed to push the break alone is huge! Let alone play the balance off between the leavers, push her too much and the beam can fly back through the cab. No backstop or alarms here! The rope can also just fly off if you don’t get the balance right, you need to feel at one with the machine. 

Screen Shot from the show

Like a huge smoking dragon it’s super hot in there and it takes too people to make the machine work, at the boiler end it can reach 45 degrees!

I finished my day covered in grease dirt and coal but it was fabulous. 

Presenting was something that was far harder than I imagined too we spent all day recording what will only probably be a 5-10 min segment, really great to get an insight into these things and I totally loved it.

Screen Shot from the show

It’s an episode that looks at China and how they move vast amounts of water from the wet south to the dry north. Season 5 Episode 14

I pop up at around 31mins into the episode if anyone wants a look. CLICK HERE

Thank you to Impossible Engineering for giving me a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part.

BBC Bitesize

What do a crane operator , a power lifter and a grime violinist have in common???

Ok not much but we are all featured in a BBC Bitesize piece for International women day.

BBC Bitesize is a learning resource for school children in England.

Please click and have a read –

National Apprenticeship week!!!

I love National Apprenticeship Week, its great seeing what work everyone is doing around apprenticeships in the industry.

I put a video together to give my thoughts about apprenticeships and a look into my experiences.

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Year One

So on the 6th of October 2014 I joined the Select first Lifting Technician apprenticeship.

This was a huge step for me I had spent my previous working life working in sales, starting in mobile phones, to advertising eventually ending up in recruitment. Sales was something I started doing while I was at university and it was something I couldn’t shake off, I was pigeon holed nobody would offer me a job doing something else because I was just viewed as a sales person with no transferable skills! I tried for years to reinvent myself to no avail.

I never dreamed of being a crane operator or ever imagined I could do something like that. My apprenticeship provided me with so much support and training I felt like the luckiest person in the world, actually able to reboot her life into a better place. I learned so many skills things I never dreamed I could do, I finally made my parents proud and I was earning a decent income.

I’m going to throw back a post dedicated to each year of my 5 years these photos are from 6th October 2014 to 6th October 2015.

This year I went from college, to training in our yards to my first site at Tottenham Court Road Crossrail where I operated a lovely Liebherr LTR1060.

My first on site crane!
Always kept it neat and tidy
On site at Tottenham Court Road
First PPE

Stickers! (I did a thing)

So where did these come from??

A short while ago I attended a fab event at Brookland’s race course with WES and was giving out small ‘Girl’s can’t what?’ stickers with a picture of a engineer, I posted on Instagram and everyone loved it.

I however felt they were missing a site feel and wondered if I could do my own version featuring a crane, I thought it would be great to promote the small amount of women who work in plant and hopefully encourage a few more to give it a try.

So far they have gone down a storm young girls love them and I have recently had a mention on Crane & Hoist Canada about them. https://www.craneandhoistcanada.com/girls-cant-what-london-crane-operator-launches-industry-stickers/

I am looking to get some cheaper multi print page ones done soon that I can take to schools.

If anyone really is interested in grabbing a sticker from me please drop me a message katie@katiecranes.com

London Construction Awards Nominations!

Amazingly while I was away in Poland for a wedding I have been shortlisted for the London Construction Awards, Women in Construction award.

And even more fantastic off the back of this I was also selected for the Employee of the year award!

Very chuffed!

You can see more about the London Construction Awards here – https://www.londonconstructionawards.com/