THIS AIN’T NO PIZZA CUTTER
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.