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Video transcript: Trever Skinner, Crane Operator, Esquimalt Graving Dock

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[Music plays]

(Text on screen: Our People at Work)

(View from the inside of a crane.)

(Text on screen: Trever Skinner, Crane Operator, Esquimalt Graving Dock (EGD))

(Trever speaks.)

At a young age, I always wanted to operate heavy equipment, and naturally I thought crane operator would be a good suit.

(Image of crane operating.)

What I like most about my job is the variety of work. One day we're lifting stuff on to a navy vessel, next day we’re lifting massive tanks. There's definitely not a lack of variety down here.

(Trever inspects a crane.)

So the start of every day, we do a pre-use inspection where we walk around. We're checking our oil levels, we're checking the structural integrity of the crane, checking welds, looking at all our winch lines, just making sure everything's functioning correctly before we start our day.

(Trever operating a crane.)

So a lot of the crane operating we do down here is in very tight areas, down hatches of ships. A lot of guys with their hands in places. And we're swinging loads with only inches to spare, so, you know, having good communication with those guys and overcoming those challenges is key.

(Image of a caution sign.)

(Image of a crane lowering equipment and employees.)

So safety is extremely important. The second a load leaves the ground, it's the responsibility of the crane operator. So making sure you're within your charts of your crane, the rigging capacities, is all very important to make sure the guys on the ground are safe.

(Pan of the Esquimalt Graving Dock.)

So we have a variety of different cranes down at the Esquimalt Graving Dock.

(Pan of the cranes.)

The capacities of those cranes range from 30 ton up to 150 ton for the level luffing cranes. Some of the larger lifts we've done down here is these massive LNG tanks, which weigh 139 metric ton.

(Image of a Canadian flag in front of a crane.)

(Employees dressed in safety gear cleaning the windows of a crane.)

I like my job because there's a strong sense of community down at EGD, working closely with our co workers, and various tasks. It's always a good environment to work in.

(Trever speaking to camera.)

When everyone goes home safe at the end of the day, that's what makes me most proud.

(Text on screen: Public Services and Procurement Canada signature)

[Music stops]

(Canada Wordmark)

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