Too much time in the tower crane cabin can eventually lead to cabin fever for all but the most patient and mentally strong tower crane operators.According to the most trusted source available: Wikipedia
'Cabin fever is an idiomatic term, first recorded in 1918, for a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person or group is isolated and/or shut in a small space, with nothing to do for an extended period. Cabin fever describes the extreme irritability and restlessness a person may feel in these situations'
Basically what you will notice is that your tower crane operator will become more restless and easily frustrated, often over reacting and just generally bad tempered. You have to remember that even though they are on the worksite they are very isolated in their relativity small restrictive workplace and interaction is reduced to the people on the receiving end of their 2way radio. The are unfortunately perfect candidates for this predicament.
Luckily there are things you can do to reduce the likelihood of cabin fever on your site and its pretty simple
1. Rotate crane operator - Don't have one operator per site but have several crane operators that rotate and dog the crane so that at the most they are stuck in the crane for only half the day
2. Have breaks - don't have the crew work through lunch etc, this will just lead to trouble down the track. If you do need to keep the crane moving than spread out the breaks so everyone gets one
3. The crane operator should take a book with them or crossword to keep them busy when there is downtime and nothing is happening
Follow these steps and then no cabin fever... Happy days!
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