The most popular job for children was being a crane driver. But not by much. The second most popular career for respondents’ children was out of the crane business entirely. More than a quarter of respondents to this poll wanted their family out of the crane business.

Finally, the third point is that the job of slinger/signaller is indeed as unpopular as they might think; only one respondent wanted their kid to do that.

December’s poll, live on the web site now, asks how crane rental companies are dealing with the crane shortage.

What crane job would you want for your children, even if you don’t have any?

Crane operator 27.6%

Slinger/signaller 1%

Crane supervisor/appointed person 14.3%

Mechanic/engineer 19%

Crane inspector 12.4%

Outside the crane industry 26%