Survival Underground: No Miner Concern


My name’s Brock Barton. I’m from Broken
Hill outback Australia. I’m an affiliate owner and a miner. Yeah, our family’s had properties— sheep and cattle properties for 100 years now in the family. The property that we’ve got is 60,000 acres. We run on a good year usually 5,000 head of sheep and roughly around 200 head of cattle. Growing up on the land— Quite an experience. Grow up quite fast. Strenuous work, just a general day-to-day
kind of maintenance and running of a property, whether it’s cleaning troughs, checking waters, so making sure that all the tanks are full. In dry times you have to load hay onto trucks and into the vehicles and take that out to the livestock. Strenuous work. We learn a lot: just to value what hard work actually does. I’ve instilled a lot into how I do things these days and everything that I do. (Speaking into radio) I don’t know yet, we’re just gonna do some stuff around the house and then we’ll head out. (Man responds) [Interviewer] If you were to drive from one end of the property to the other, how long would it take you? [Brock] It would take me an hour and a half to drive from one side to the other in a straight line. The base of Broken Hill has kind of revolved around mining. Even though now I do own an affiliate, I still do work underground in the mines. [Emily] Well, Broken Hill wouldn’t be here without mining. [Joseph] If the mines weren’t here they’d probably be nothing around. [Greg] Yeah, Broken Hill revolves around mining. [Joseph] Yeah, so down at the gym 70% of people have someone in the mining or involved in mining. [Linda] Whether it be their fathers, their mothers, their brothers, sisters, friends— [Joseph] Everyone’s just— everyone’s involved in mining. – How deep are we now? – Ah, we’d be about 800 meters I’d say. – How many floors?
– Ah, this is the 16 level. So we’re about 600 meters deep now, and that is kind of what we’re looking for, that kind of nice dark silver you won’t get
many big nuggets as such. You’ll get more so kind of traces through what we call malic which is just the plain rock. See that’s an escape ladderway. That one goes down to the 15 level, that one. You can actually escape out the mine through a series of ladderways. You continue to kind of climb your way up all the way to the surface. [Emily] Unfortunately, working on the mine is a risky job. It comes with a history that shows that people have— have died. Yeah it’s no secret that underground mining can actually be quite dangerous. Memorial up on top the hill really sets you back and lets you know exactly how
dangerous it is under there, and if you have a look at the miners memorial behind us, there’s been quite a few people that have died in Broken Hill. CrossFit is really important to a lot of
our mining members. It’s not about getting them to the CrossFit Games or being competitive. It’s about making sure that they are in the best physical form that they can be so that in a situation where things go bad, they can get
themselves out of that situation. [Joseph] The main reason I do CrossFit is— again, I don’t do it for looks. I don’t want to underplay how hard our job actually is. It’s quite physical, quite enduring, and if something was to go wrong, it would be quite a challenge to get yourself out, so I like to keep my fitness up to know that I
could get out in a bad time. I’m not doing CrossFit to go to the CrossFit Games. I’m not doing CrossFit to look good. I’m doing CrossFit because it’s functional, and the reality is that underground it is quite dangerous, and that if something does go wrong,
I feel as if that I’ll be capable of getting myself out of that situation and
getting home safe that evening.

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