Lancaster's daily ascent to the top of the tower crane is part of an ongoing construction project in downtown Cincinnati. The end result, he said, will be a brand new 18-story building with a parking garage, a Kroger at street level and apartments the rest of the way up.
The work it will take to get there involves him using the crane to pour a lot of concrete.
The tools of Lancaster's trade are simple: Heaters and fans to keep the windows of his cab clear; window cleaner; an air conditioner; binoculars; and a radio to keep in touch with his coworkers on the ground below. "Ground guys" help Lancaster keep his large-scale job precise, he said.
"It makes a big difference if you've got a good ground guy," he said. "You can see (from up here), but you can't focus right in. He's my eyes, so that makes a big difference. That helps a bunch, especially on days when it's windy."
And although he still isn't a fan of the great height at which he works, Lancaster said having a panorama view of the city can be useful.
"I know which way to go home," he said. "It helps. Trust me."