A face from the ‘new frontier’

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 09:38 AM.

 “The only time I missed work was when I had surgery,” Maddox explained, missing four days for the original biopsy surgery, seven days after her lumpectomy.

The work of a welder’s helper is not an easy one, Maddox said, describing the many tasks that go into the job, from buffing to grinding to providing the right tools and equipment to the welder she is working with.

“Every welder I’ve worked with has been one of the nicest people in the world,” Maddox said.

Maddox is also something of a trail-blazer in that there are not a lot of women who take up work on pipelines.

In North Dakota, where the living compound was known as the Capital Lodge or “man camps”, Maddox was one of two women she knew working in the same area.

“On the pipe gang, I was usually the only woman on the job,” Maddox said. “(The men) give it to me and I give it right back. You have to.

“I have been fortunate that I have worked with some great people. It is not always like that, but I have been really fortunate. They are all good people.”



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