"In a construction project, crane operators are in a category of their own," says Philippe Pinlou Cervantes, who operates a crane on the ITER worksite for the French company GTM Sud. "We sit in our cabin up in the sky, and perform challenging operations that require full time concentration and perfect coordination with the other workers—both on the ground and in other cranes. The only contact we have with the solid ground is the banksman, the person who helps us with our manoeuvring. It is not unlike the relationship between a pilot and an air traffic controller, or an astronaut and mission control ..."
Like pilots, crane operators have the privilege of enjoying breathtaking and ever-changing panoramas. Photo of the ITER worksite by Philippe Pinlou Cervantes.