hoistman


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hoistman

[′hȯist·mən]
(engineering)
One who operates steam or electric hoisting machinery to lower and raise cages, skips, or instruments into a mine or an oil or gas well. Also known as hoist operator; winch operator.
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38) Ajoutons a cette categorie les occupations suivantes: rigger, millwright, hoistman, pumpman, mecanicien, cheminot et repairman.
the skip cable, shiny and black with grease, stretching from surface to the water line, gave a clue to the presence of the skips below; a very slim clue to their exact whereabouts it turned out to be, however, as the hoistman, subsequently, reported five hundred feet of slack cable below the twelfth level.