California Dreamin’ 25:00, 2008 (Ref: NA08706)

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Description

Chris Cox is preparing to be become one of the men who put up and maintain the power lines that satisfy the huge demand for electricity in the USA. He’s a trainee linesman in California. Working with high voltages is extremely dangerous. He has to be super fit and totally focused on the job and, of course, he needs a good head for heights because for much of the time he will be working up 60 feet poles. A strong set of boots with sharp metal crampons and a thick leather belt that allows him to lean out from the pole at 30 degrees are all he needs to get to the top. Cox is part of a growing generation of young people who are rejecting the idea of going to university in favour of a hand-on approach to furthering their skills.

Part of a 6 x 25-minute series produced for the BBC. These films can be bought individually or as a series