Construction Crane Riding - How To Control Your Fear Of Heights

If you often work on construction sites where large buildings are erected, restored, or modified in some way, then there may be times where you need to reach outside spaces that are hundreds of feet off the ground. Your construction foreman will likely rent a crane for this purpose. You may be asked to ride with materials inside a bucket mounted to the crane. If you are scared of heights, then you may find it extremely difficult to do your job from the crane bucket lift. This can greatly reduce productivity on the work site, so follow the tips below to keep your fear in check.

Make Sure to Wear the Right Protective Gear

If you are asked to ride in the bucket of a crane, then make sure that the construction site purchases a harness and safety rope for you. This is necessary to prevent falls from great heights, and the gear can reduce your fears greatly.

Ask for a Safety Harness

When safety devices are purchased, make sure that a harness is found and not a safety belt. Belts that ran along the waist were commonly used on construction sites, but the devices placed a great deal of stress on the abdomen during a fall. The devices were also able to come loose during a fall incident.

A good safety harness has multiple straps that attach around the thighs, waist, chest, and across the sides of the body and back. All of these straps should feature tight snaps as well as tightening devices. These harnesses help to distribute weight better during a fall so that injuries do not occur. The devices are also much more secure.  

You do need to make sure that a harness is purchased that is the right size for your body though. If you are an average size and weight, then a universal harness will likely fit you. If you are overweight or underweight, then this may not be the case. Ask your construction foreman for either a small or extra large harness if you feel that you need one. If you do not do this, then the harness may not be able to keep your body upright during a fall. This can be dangerous and you may feel fearful if you end up hanging upside down.

Securing the harness

Once you have the harness, make sure to tighten the straps around your body so they are snug. Do not tighten the straps all the way, and make sure that the harness is placed on your body correctly before you enter the crane lift. Ask a worker to pull on the straps of the harness once it is secured to make sure that they are immoveable.

Once you climb into the lift, make sure the safety rope is attached to the loop or hook on the back of the harness. Afterwards, you will be ready to ride in the crane bucket or cage.

Elevate Slowly

If you are incredibly afraid of heights, then you may feel paralyzed by your fear as the crane lift elevates your body higher and higher. You may start to panic due to your fear. You can help to manage your worries by asking the crane operator to lift the bucket or cage 25 or 50 feet at a time so you can better acclimate yourself to the growing height.  

Every time the crane stops, take deep breaths and look around to assess your surroundings. Take a few minutes to check the straps of your harness during the stop to make sure that you are safe and secure.

Use Hand Gestures

Also, when the crane operator activates the lift, make sure to use hand gestures to communicate with him or her. Speak with the operator before you enter the cage and indicate that you will use specific hand motions that indicate that you want to stop, go, or move to the left or right.  

Also, tell the operator that you will use thumbs up and thumb down gestures to inform the individual if you are feeling calm or uneasy during the ascent and descent. When you use a thumbs down gesture, tell the crane operator if you want the lift to descend all the way to the ground or stop for several minutes while you try and control your fears.

If you work on construction sites, then it is possible that you will need to occasionally work at high elevations outside a building. If a crane must be used to allow workers to gain access to a hard to reach areas, then you may be scared due to a fear of heights. Make sure that you wear a harness and communicate with the crane operator to help reduce your fears. For more tips, contact a crane service, such as