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Dangling Technicians
In this photo provided by Kevin Thompson and taken July 4, 2013, Adam Lederer, a supervisor with Ropeworks, hangs by ropes and works below an oil platform 15 miles off the coast of the Kenai Peninsula in the Cook Inlet near Anchorage, Alaska. Ropeworks, part of Mistras Group Inc., repairs, maintains and inspects wind turbines, bridges, dams, electrical substations, tall buildings and for the first time in the Cook Inlet oil platforms. Team members have rappelled down the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge, among other iconic structures. Their work includes infrared monitoring, inspection and maintenance. (AP Photo/Kevin Thompson)