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SAS Worker Rescued

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first subchat post: http://www.subchat.com/read.asp?Id=1211436

 

first link posted on subchat: http://pix11.com/2013/03/19/frantic-rescuers-used-their-hands-to-keep-worker-from-sinking-into-mud/

 

second subchat post: http://www.subchat.com/read.asp?Id=1211440

 

second link posted on subchat: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=9033886

 

thank goodness the worker was rescued. I have tremendous respect for these people who build these things under such extreme working conditions.

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Good thing they could rescue him. I hope he gets better soon.

 

It's funny how every subchat poster makes some remark about it, and is not empathetic or sympathetic at all.

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Being a sandhog is a dangerous and risky profession. If I recall correctly, there were a couple of deaths during the construction of the 63rd Street line due to freak accidents alone. Historically, many more sandhogs died during construction of lines particularly in the underground tubes from what I understand.  I would imagine that would be why their wages are very high to compensate for the dangers involved with these skilled laborers. What was it? $50 dollars an hour in change? 

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<nitpick>and change, not in change</nitpick>

 

yes realizm, everything you said is correct. they have pretty high wages, but I am not sure exactly how high they are. your guess is as good as mine; your guess is somewhere in the range of their hourly wages.

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I googled it.

 

http://secondavenuesagas.com/2012/04/12/video-the-voice-profiles-sandhogs/

 

According to Ben Kabek of Second Ave Sagas, sandhogs currently working on the SAS makes approximately what a registered nurse in the healthcare field would make, approximately $45 dollars an hour take home pay. But with the redirected union benefit funds from their wages earned, calculated in, they are actually making $100 dollars an hour. They can make well over $100,000 dollars a year easy during a busy year according to Mr. Kabek's blog entry.

 

Now apparently in reading that blog entry I missed the fact that another sandhog was killed during the construction of the (7) line extension project, which is ongoing, as a result of the crane accident of April of last year with one other skilled laborer who was severely injured. 

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