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Ad­vances in equip­ment over the years have cer­tainly changed the way work­ers in con­struc­tion and road main­te­nance do their jobs. The days of back-break­ing labour are largely over; re­placed by hy­draulic power tools and re­li­able and easy-to-use heavy equip­ment. An ex­am­ple of this was on dis­play for all to see in Car­bon­ear on Wed­nes­day, July 3. Mu­nic­i­pal worker Brent Sweeney (op­er­a­tor) was us­ing an as­phalt cut­ting wheel neatly mated to the town’s new rub­ber-tired back­hoe to re­move a strip of pave­ment on Wa­ter Street, near the post of­fice. The work was in prepa­ra­tion for the in­stal­la­tion of a new side­walk and curb. Not long ago, work­ers like Sweeney and Don Earle (stand­ing) would ei­ther use a jack­ham­mer for such work, or an as­phalt cut­ting saw, sim­i­lar to a chain­saw. Both were very la­bo­ri­ous and time-con­sum­ing. One man walk­ing by the site who used to work in trans­porta­tion said he re­called us­ing an axe and sledge­ham­mer for such a job in the early 1980s.

Photo by Terry Roberts/The Com­pass

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