mantis cranes celebrates international women's day

International Women’s Day 2023

International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of all women and is being celebrated on March 8th 2023. Mantis Cranes and McMenamin Engineering are delighted to celebrate all the women that work in our Donegal and UK bases.

Women in Construction

Traditionally, women have been underrepresented in the Construction Industry, but we are pleased to see this trend beginning to change. Industry-wide and Government initiatives are seeking to attract women into apprenticeships, increase awareness of careers in Construction for women and promote gender equality in the workplace.

Ireland’s Youngest Crane Operator

photo of a female crane operator for Mantis Cranes

In 2022 we celebrated Kate Fahey’s achievement of becoming Ireland’s first female licensed crane operator at just 18! We met Kate when she was operating a Saez TLS 60 14 tower crane from Mantis Cranes on a tight site in Dublin, and making it look easy!

Operations Manager, Mantis Cranes

photo of women working in Mantis Cranes, tower crane hire

For International Women’s Day 2023, we are proud to feature Fay Briggs, Operations Manager, Mantis Cranes UK.

“I have been part of the construction industry for over 20 years, I fell into this industry almost by accident, firstly in powered access before progressing into crane hire.

Thinking about women within our industry, there are not enough. It’s tough, and that hasn’t changed in 20 years but if you show true grit and determination, and play the right game, you’ll win in the end.

To succeed you need to be part of a great team, the construction world is full of them, it needs to be. I am fortunate enough to be in a position to create a great team of my own. Within that, I want to lead by example, I want everyone to empower each other and ultimately have some fun along the way.

If you are considering a career in the construction industry, my advice is to go for it! Be resilient as it’s not for the faint of heart but it’s a wonderfully rewarding industry to be part of.”

Crane Hire

Mantis Cranes are a leading tower crane and self-erecting tower crane supplier operating throughout the UK and Ireland. We specialise in self-erecting tower cranes, flat-top tower cranes, luffing tower cranes and construction hoists. We also offer an extensive range of crane accessories. For further information visit us on

Share This Article, Choose Your Platform!

continue reading

Related Posts

  • 3.9 min read

    In 1999 when Mantis Cranes introduced the first self erecting crane to the Irish market, the Ma-sol 18 06 had a maximum lifting capacity of 1,500 kg. Fast forward to 2024 and the self erectors in the Mantis Cranes range now lift loads up to 6 T, with tower cranes lifting up to 24 T. Advancements in crane capabilities in response to changing customer requirements have resulted in a very different landscape for the crane hire industry.

  • 2.5 min read

    Adhering to deadlines is crucial on construction sites and crane downtime can lead to a myriad of problems for contractors. Cutting crane downtime is the key to achieving deadlines. Deadlines range from permit & regulatory deadlines, material delivery deadlines, subcontractor deadlines, and budgetary deadlines to the final project completion deadline. Minimising crane downtime is pivotal to the overall success of a construction project.

  • 2.4 min read

    When restoring historic buildings, care must be taken to preserve these buildings for future generations. Cranes play a crucial role in this process and provide the necessary means of material handling, access, precision, and safety required to carry out restorations without causing additional damage. Over the years, Mantis Cranes have been involved in a number of iconic projects in some recognisable places that involved considerable planning not just to put the crane in place but also for the daily management of materials handling.