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Tough As Nails

February 18, 2009

“We don’t go to the office, we build the office.” – Ironworkers

Iron workers are at or near the top of my list as some of the toughest people out there.  Not to mention, their profession ranks as the fifth most dangerous in the world.  Despite the obvious hazards, iron workers bop around beams with acrobatic precision, and are responsible for nearly all the structure and bridges garnishing the world’s cities and country sides.  Notable style contributes include Red Wing boots, henley shirts and over alls.

Coat of arms of Eisenhüttenstadt (city of ironworks), Germany

35 Comments leave one →
  1. L W permalink
    February 18, 2009 13:43

    I get an anxiety attack just looking at those pictures! ahh!

  2. Cindy Peden permalink
    March 19, 2009 13:53

    Been married to one for 30 years…now that’s a REAL man! He taught me to throw bolt (redhead) vertically 30 ft. He caught it no matter how close I got.

  3. March 22, 2009 23:57

    Cindy, I’m not sure what exactly that means, but it sounds serious… Thanks for the comment.

  4. Guy Derrick permalink
    October 29, 2009 08:31

    You got one hell of an arm girl if you can throw a bolt 30′ up.

  5. Joannie permalink
    November 18, 2009 21:54

    Men of Iron-on the job and in bed! Wow! I dated one!

  6. Alex local 40 permalink
    November 27, 2009 14:26

    yea….this is nice, and thats what i do, local 40! )

  7. Ingles 44 permalink
    November 30, 2009 21:09

    Those are some nice pics

  8. rhall04 permalink
    March 7, 2010 23:31

    ive been one for four years now. just journeyed out, love it!! local 14

  9. Big AL permalink
    March 25, 2010 19:58

    union ironworkers local 424

  10. Lane permalink
    April 9, 2010 17:59

    You think an office job with a view is nice! How about a job with a great wiew in diffrent places all the time!! Lane Local 92

  11. jeris 801 permalink
    July 31, 2010 20:14

    i love being a IRONWORKER….look up gurlz

  12. thelvey permalink
    August 30, 2010 18:58

    local 25, detroit. FUCKIN ROCKS

  13. eric (skywalker) mongrain permalink
    November 27, 2010 15:09

    For me it’s not just a job, it’s what I am, IRONWORKING is more of a lifestyle. Local 720.

  14. Dustin Clark permalink
    December 10, 2010 00:32

    its a lifestlye of the wild men we call brothers booooo ya Local 720

  15. mike theriault permalink
    February 2, 2011 19:59

    it’s my bread and butter! local 752 halifax

  16. Dallas Shaw permalink
    February 17, 2011 22:11

    Local 187!!! Woot

  17. February 17, 2011 22:49

    i am a fourth generation ironworker and have been doing it for 15 years its not just a job to me or just a life style its a family tradition

  18. Anonymous permalink
    June 16, 2011 14:24

    30 years,If you are not living on the edge you are taking up to much space.

  19. Anonymous permalink
    June 24, 2011 17:45

    Yo homie those are thorogoods not red wings, still love ya though.

    Local 1 Chicago.

  20. Snakeman permalink
    November 7, 2011 20:19

    We get high to get high, local 384. Ironworkers have tha biggest erections!

  21. Anonymous permalink
    April 10, 2014 13:42

    Local 7 here! Boston.

  22. Anonymous permalink
    April 10, 2014 13:51

    Local 11 Newark NJ

  23. April 10, 2014 14:07

    Only person tougher than an Ironworker is an IronWorkers WIfe! Local 1 Chicago

  24. Nova lee PURDOM permalink
    April 10, 2014 14:08

    I came from a long line of union Ironworkers .. From my grandpa dad all 5 brothers a lot of cousins and uncles and a lot of family friends and of course my husband:) proud to be union ironworkers! They are a breed of their own! Hats off to all you hard working people!

  25. David Kellar Sr. permalink
    April 10, 2014 15:44

    I have been an ironworker of local 229 .in which those 32 yrs have been phenomenal ,the best men by far to all my brothers work safe

  26. Anonymous permalink
    April 10, 2014 16:40

    424 new haven Connecticut

  27. Kyle belward permalink
    April 10, 2014 17:56

    Local 700 Windsor 3 generation been doing it 25yrs now and love it

  28. Anonymous permalink
    April 10, 2014 21:54

    I love all my ironworker brothers.842

  29. Johnny Frank permalink
    April 10, 2014 21:56

    I love all my ironworker brothers living and passed.842

  30. Colby Haywood permalink
    April 11, 2014 00:08

    I may still be young, and i have lots to learn about the trade. But i have learned this, ironworking is what i was meant for. I love what i do, climbing steel is such an amazing feeling and ive had the honor of working side by side with some of the most prideful and dedicated people there are. So a message to the younger generations to come. If you want a career as well as a passion you can take equal parts pride as well as achievement And go home knowing you made a difference, then i challenge you to prove to yourself and those around you that you have the balls and the perseverance to become an ironworker!

    -Colby H, 20 yr old 2nd year, 720 proud!

  31. Anonymous permalink
    April 11, 2014 19:23

    Worked in more than 30 locals in the last 30 years…. Large family of iron.

  32. Anonymous permalink
    January 18, 2015 05:43

    retired and miss it 417 newburg

  33. Sean Jackson permalink
    May 25, 2015 15:49

    I know a few iron workers……beat their women, rape their own children…. deadbeat p.o.s. all of them. I wouldn’t piss on one if they were on fire.

  34. Alex Gillis permalink
    March 16, 2016 20:01

    Did my apprenticeship in New Orleans, Lo. 58. Transfered into Minneapolis, Lo. 512 in 2015. Been alot of places. Ironwork is the only thing I know. And the paycheck isn’t bad either. Stay safe, brothers.

  35. Anonymous permalink
    April 28, 2018 09:23

    To Sean Jackson .. The guy talking shit about Ironworkers … i’d like to see you talking that shit in a union hall I guarantee you would not walk out .. maybe some ironworker slapped you in the face for mouthing off sounds like you got a Grudge to me asshole..
    I was in ironworker for 15 years and worked all over the country I was a pot smoker in Key West for 10 years made millions of dollars And owne resort rental on the ocean. But still pride myself as an ironworker and bridge builder.. they have balls bigger than your head asshole..

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