Here’s a big thumbs up from GGR’s very own Kirsty Parkin who has been giving the boys a run for their money on site as our first female crane operator.
The 21 year old New Zealander began her training at GGR’s Long Crendon depot in October 2012 and after two months of hard work went out on her first job as a fully qualified crane operator in December. Since then she’s been working on a number of challenging lifting jobs, mostly for London Underground station redevelopment projects, operating UNIC mini spider cranes, Galizia pick and carry cranes and glass vacuum lifters.
A former nanny and pharmacy worker, Kiwi Kirsty’s change in career direction isn’t too unusual as she has been around machinery all her life on her grandparents’ farm and has family connections with GGR. She says, “I’m really enjoying my new job and using the skills I’ve learnt in my training to take on trickier jobs. I don’t mind being one of the only girls on site sometimes but it would be great if there were more female operators out there, I’m proof that it can be done!”.
Kirsty and GGR’s team of operators are ready to take on any troublesome lifting tasks where you may need a helping hand, contact us to find out more about our Contract Lift and Operator Hire packages.
To learn more about GGR’s training facilities at our three nationwide depots, click here.