In Yakutia, Russia’s Far East, workers brave subzero temperatures to perform the backbreaking task of ‘vymorozka,’ or ‘freezing out,’ on ships in the snow-covered shipyard. Despite being named as one of the hardest jobs in the world by locals in Yakutia, workers themselves have a different perspective.
According to 48-year-old worker Mikhail Klus, dressing appropriately and adjusting to the extreme conditions makes the job bearable. He even likens the feeling of taking off his cold-weather gear and entering a heated building to being in a sauna. Performing ‘vymorozka’ also requires precision and skill. The workers must be cautious not to cut through the ice too quickly and risk the carved dugout sinking into the water below.
Twenty-two-year-old Artyom Kovalec admits that at times, the extreme cold can lead to negative emotions and a desire to go home, eat, and relax. However, he emphasizes the need to push through and maintain composure. The colder weather results in smoother ice and better working conditions, but it can take a toll on some workers. Despite this challenge, these workers continue to perform their duties with determination and dedication.
Despite being named as one of the hardest jobs in the world by locals in Yakutia, performing ‘vymorozka’ is not an easy task for these workers. Dressing appropriately and adjusting to extreme conditions are necessary skills that help them make it bearable. Moreover, precision and skill are essential for this job that involves cutting through ice without sinking into water below.
Performing ‘vymorozka’ requires immense patience as it takes weeks to complete with temperatures plummeting as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius (-58 F). However, these workers continue their duties with determination and dedication.
In conclusion, performing ‘vymorozka’ is a challenging yet essential job for those who work in Yakutia’s shipyard industry. While it may seem daunting at first sight due to its demanding nature and extreme working conditions, these brave workers have found ways to make it more bearable with proper attire and skillful techniques.
As they chip away at ice encasing ships requiring repairs in winter months when temperatures drop drastically below zero degrees Celsius (-58 F), these workers keep pushing forward with their tasks despite negative emotions arising from prolonged exposure to freezing weather conditions that can take a toll on physical health while they continue their duties until completion of work is done.