It takes nerves of steel to handle jobs in the sky
- By RYAN S. CLARK, Beaumont Enterprise, TX
Anthony Albert has no problem admitting that he and others in his industry are nuts.
On an average day, the 43-year-old works 60 feet in the air on construction projects ranging from refineries to office buildings. The Port Arthur resident even did a scaffolding job on an off-shore oil rig where he was 450 feet in the air.
'At some point you have to be elevated in the air,' Albert said. 'There is no way of getting around it.'
As construction booms due to a growing local economy, a surging housing market and refinery expansion projects, there are quite a few workers reaping the benefits.
But it's the scaffold workers, glass installation people and sign companies that are getting the job done with their heads in the clouds and feet off the ground.