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sandhog

[′san‚häg]
(engineering)
A worker in compressed-air environments, as in driving tunnels by means of pneumatic caissons.
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Back from college, back in the Bronx, back to work for the summer of 1987 before beginning law school, Billy wonders if he can return to the hard work of being a sandhog like his father, who was ``the first of 23 men killed building Water Tunnel Three, a body count that made it the most dangerous job in America.
At one stage, some of them work as sandhogs beneath the East River, digging the Brooklyn-Manhattan underground train tunnel.
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However, Sonnenstuhl's work is unique in that he documented the introduction of a "sobriety culture" among the Sandhogs through the emergence and on-the-job presence of coworkers who were recovering from alcoholism.
Executive vice president of NYC's Economic Development Corporation, Kate Ascher, describes the technologies that keep the city functioning, as well as the people who support them--the pilots that bring the ships in over the Narrows sandbar, the sandhogs who are currently digging the third water tunnel under Manhattan, the television engineer who scales the Empire State Building's antenna for routine maintenance, and the electrical wizards who maintain the century-old system that delivers power to subways.