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Getting to Know the ‘Bridge Brothers’: Christine

Friday, September 29, 2017

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Each week, PaintSquare Daily News, in partnership with 4th Coast Productions, will be introducing you to a different worker featured in the new documentary Bridge Brothers. This week’s interview subject is Christine Thompson, a bridge painter working with the Corcon Inc. crew that worked on the Commodore Barry Bridge and Walt Whitman Bridge jobs featured in the film.

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Christine Thompson is a bridge painter with the Corcon crew that worked on  the Walt Whitman Bridge.

(This interview has been edited for length and clarity.)

PaintSquare Daily News: Where are you from originally?

South Jersey. I grew up in Leesburg, down by the bay.

How long have you been in the industry, and what specifically do you do as part of your job currently?

Right now, I’m actually renovating a diner. I’m not working in the bridge industry. I took a year off of bridges. I had surgery on my knee last year. I’ve been a bridge painter for four or five years now.

You discuss in the movie a little bit about the fact that this job is still very male-dominated. Why do you think that is, and how does that affect your everyday life? Do you see more women getting involved in bridge painting?

Well, for me, I’m kind of used to it. I kind of grew up that way. My dad’s a builder, so I grew up around the construction industry. I’m kind of used to it. I think a lot of women don’t know it’s available or that it’s out there for them to do, or just don’t want to. It’s not an easy job.

Yeah, I could [see more women getting into bridge painting], as long as they put in the work.

Is this something you plan to do for life, or do you plan to transition to a different career eventually?

Yeah, I’m just doing side work right now. I plan to keep going for at least 10 more years. I don’t plan on doing it until I’m old.

What is your life like when you're not on a job?

I have a 7-year-old daughter, so when I’m not at work, I’m usually spending time with my daughter. That’s pretty much it. I enjoy skiing, and I like hanging out by the water. Yeah, I don’t have a lot of spare time.

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How did you feel when you first found out you were going to be part of this film?

I was excited.

What did you hope the film would portray, and how did it live up to your expectations?

I think it did a good job showing what we go through every day. I’m sure a lot of the guys have said this too: We get a lot of "how overpaid we are" all the time, but it’s really not. We have a really hard job, and it’s really dangerous. So I think we’re paid fairly for what we do.

Bridge Brothers runs 1 hour and 40 minutes, and is available as a DVD/Blu-Ray set, which comes with a 24-page booklet. The film is available via Technology Publishing Company's TPC Store.

   

Tagged categories: Bridge Brothers; Corcon Inc.; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Workers

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