Pros: free food!, free housing, free gear -boots, you only work half a year, very good pay
Cons: your in the frozen tundra of alaska for three weeks strait with12 hour shifts, no alcohol, its dark most of the time for night and day shift.
Out to the trucks at 630 with full gear ready to work. Change out with your day crew call your lead to know what your doing and where it is. Tackle obstacles in a safe and efficient way. Wrap up/ clean up let your day shift counterparts know where and what you did.
There are three main jobs in my department scaffolding, insulating, insulation removal/ – more... asbestos abatement. I am familiar with all of these and there safety precautions.
The management system is simple it starts with hands who do the work, leads who are responsible for the work being done and the safety of the hands that work for him, foremen who delegate work to the leads and take care of issues that are above the leads control, and supervisors who manage medical issues and serious problems between workers(rare but it happens) they keep things moving.
The workers there are literally from all over the world and almost avery age. A lot of former military and skilled laborers. Very few unlikeable guys.
The hardest part of the job is the ridicules cold. it regularly stayed at -20 to -30 iv personally worked in -75 (with wind) however it just causes a lot of problems from leaks and tools breaking to your body just hurting from the cold.
However there are enjoyable parts to the job. My favorite was building scaffolding. I really enjoyed the amount of thought and carful planing that went into the design and the accomplishment when the job was done. It was also fun to climb around where people haven't been in thirty years. – less