It is tedious and monotonous labor -- heaving oil-soaked sand into plastic bags. Shovelful. After shovelful. After shovelful. After shovelful.
But most of all, it's hot, horribly hot. Just ask the crews hired by BP to clean beaches fouled by the nation's worst oil spill. When the oil is thick as brownie mix, or in liquid pools subject to splashing, the workers are sealed inside protective uniforms that zip up to the neck. No exceptions, even when temperatures near 100.