Tuesday, September 9, 2008

[video] Sandhogs - What Lies Beneath

"They are the builders of some of the most crucial and underappreciated elements of the New York City infrastructure - from its water and sewage tunnels to its subway systems and bridge footings. In the early 1900s, the Sandhogs worked in conditions so dangerous that they lost an average of a man a mile, but they never backed down from the work that needed to be done. While the work now is just as dangerous, most of these urban miners' century-old working methods are still used. Their dedication is based on a brotherhood that has been handed down through the generations and preserved almost perfectly today. Their union, leadership, and spirit are forged in iron and steel, and reflect the age-old spirit of American destiny. So what does it take to be a Sandhog? What's it like working deep down in holes that go as far into the ground as Manhattan skyscrapers go high? What's the first day on the job like and what does it take to survive intact? Burrow far beneath the concrete jungle with Sandhogs to find out." -- iTunes Store

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Episode Summary
Hundreds of feet below one of the world's most famous cities, a different breed of men dig and blast their way through solid rock. These urban miners create the tunnels that ensure the survival of the city above. Meet Walking Boss Morgan Curran and the Sandhogs of Local 147. Under great pressure, these men work to complete the Croton Filtration Plant, a facility that will help ensure the safety of the city's water supply. In one tunnel they use the "Mole", an enormous tunnel-boring machine that relentlessly eats away at the rock. In the other tunnel, they're using large quantities of dynamite to blast their way through the earth. When a void develops along one of the tunnel walls, the hogs race to put up ring steel to prevent a cave in. And while the Brooklyn Bridge celebrates its 125th anniversary, the Sandhogs continue to toil below, preparing and detonating their next blast.

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