Lineworkers: The Power Behind Your Power
You have a group of professionals working for you that jump into action when the weather takes a turn for the worst: co-op lineworkers.
Braving stormy weather and other challenging conditions, lineworkers often must climb 40 or more feet in the air, carrying heavy equipment to restore power. They must perform detailed tasks next to high voltage power lines. To help keep them safe, they wear specialized protective clothing and equipment at all times when on the job. This includes special fire-resistant clothing that will self-extinguish, limiting potential injuries from burns and sparks. Insulated and rubber gloves are worn in tandem to protect them from electrical shock. While the gear performs a critical function, it also adds additional weight and bulk, making the job more difficult.
In addition to the highly visible tasks lineworkers perform, their job today goes far beyond climbing to the top of a pole to repair a wire. Line crews use their laptops and cell phones to map outages, take pictures of the work they have done and troubleshoot problems. In our case, GLE lineworkers are responsible for keeping over 14,000 miles of lines across 26 counties working in order to bring power to your home 24/7, regardless of the weather, holidays or personal considerations.
While some lineworker tools have changed over the years—namely the use of technology—the dedication to the job has not. During dangerous weather conditions, crews often work around the clock to restore power. While April is known for spring showers, there is also a day set aside to “thank a lineworker.”
Lineworker Appreciation Day is April 9. So during the month of April, if you see any lineworkers, please pause to say thank you to the power behind your power. Let them know you appreciate the hard work they do to keep the lights on, regardless of the conditions.