A skeleton crew is the minimum number of personnel needed to operate and maintain an item at its most simple operating requirements, such as a ship or business, during an emergency and, at the same time, to keep vital functions operating.
Some example uses of skeleton crews include:
- Shipboard: The barest minimum number of personnel to keep the ship operating after it has been damaged and awaiting tow to port.
- Hurricanes and Typhoons: The least number of personnel to remain at a business location during a major storm to monitor conditions and to make emergency repairs if possible.
- Inactivity: The least number of personnel necessary to keep an inactive facility from being vandalized such as a Texas Tower, a commercial building in transition between owners, etc.
- Temporary closings: The smallest number of employees to monitor and maintain the facility while it is otherwise shut down for a holiday, strike, etc...
- Medical attention: The least number of personnel necessary to keep an inactive facility for radioactive poisoning.
- Film crew: The least number of essential workers required on a very low-budget production to shoot some form of media.
|This article does not cite any references or sources. (September 2010)|
|This job-, occupation-, or vocation-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|