HAMILTON CITY LIBRARIES
Last week we showed a photo of the Hamilton Traffic Bridge (aka Victoria Bridge) with new superstructure. Oh, was the superstructure new? This week, in answer to all the people who would like more industrial scenes, we show another of the re-decking of the bridge. It looks a precarious job to be doing – tucked under tons of steel supported only by a few stands. Note, however, the stands have a piece of carpet to protect the painted surface of the deck. Welders took safety very seriously, else you may suffer serious eye problems. Gloves were also important in case of molten metal targeting your hands. Otherwise, this young chap looks quite comfortable in a situation most would not wish to experience. We assume this job is being done on the bridge but it doesn’t look it.
* Contributed by Perry Rice, Heritage Librarian – Photographs, Hamilton Central Library. If you have any information you would like to pass on or would like to buy an electronic copy of the photo, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org quoting: HCL_M02555.8