In 1978, Space Invaders launched a craze for computer video games, Grease packed out cinemas across the world and Kate Bush topped the charts with Wuthering Heights.
During this year the first test-tube baby was born and the first-ever mobile phone was introduced. It was against the background of these events that Neil Cooksey, lift supervisor for the Ainscough Crane Hire’s Manchester depot, began his career in the crane industry.
Now, after 42 years, Neil is set to begin his well-earned retirement.
Neil began his career working for Scott-Greenham’s crane and aerial lifting company which, after following several mergers and takeovers, ultimately came under the ownership of Ainscough Crane Hire in 2000.
At Ainscough, Neil’s experience and excellent working knowledge made him perfect for the role of an Appointed Person, and he soon became responsible for overseeing the safe delivery of countless lifting operations.
Across his career, Neil has driven a wide variety of cranes.
Fellow employees at the Manchester depot have expressed their enjoyment at working with Neil over the years, noting his excellent character and vast industry knowledge. Neil has always adapted well to changes in technology while using his extensive experience to help new recruits.
Neil is one of many long-serving Ainscough Crane Hire employees, a testament to its culture, training, and commitment to creating a supportive workplace environment.
Lee Sixsmith, Operations Director for Ainscough Crane Hire in the North said: “We all want to thank Neil for his dedication and commitment to Ainscough Crane Hire and the wider industry and thank him for his valued contribution to the business. We all wish him the best of luck in the future, and I’m sure we’ll all keep in touch.”
Neil hopes to spend his retirement travelling, and will also keep himself busy through building projects – but now as a hobby!