Dave Barnaby, mobile crane parts manager at UK based crane service group Alatas has celebrated 25 years with the company, and more than 55 years in the crane industry.
Barnaby began his career in the early 1960s as an apprentice with GW Sparrow and Sons crane hire, later becoming a trainee on the company’s 110 tonne Lorain truck crane operated by the senior crane operator George James. When delivered, the Lorain was said to be the world’s largest mobile crane. Over the next 30 years with the company he became a crane operator, sales representative, the company’s youngest ever depot manager moving to Didcot, operations manager at Sparrows Heavy Cranes, northern area manager and general manager. He remained with the business for several years after it merged into Grayston White and Sparrow, before joining ex colleagues at Coventry Crane Hire in 1992, joining Alatas two years later as mobile crane parts manager, and has now celebrated 25 years with the business and is still going strong. A celebratory meal with champagne toast was held for Barnaby to recognise his long service record, not only with the company, but the industry as a whole.
All photo credits - Frank Sumsion
Tim Sparrow of Alatas said: “Dave has played an important part in the crane business, initially within the UK rental industry and subsequently in the global parts business. It has been both a pleasure to have worked with him. On behalf of all Alatas Crane Service colleagues around the world, I would thank Dave for his contribution to the success of our business.”
The team at Vertikal.Net would like to add its congratulations for what has to be one of the longest active crane careers we know of. Quite an achievement!