Your Cooperative's lineworkers keep the power moving
When member-owners flip a light switch, they may not give much thought to why or how the light comes on.
Your Cooperative's lineworkers provide an essential service: They work hard to install and maintain overhead and underground power lines that keep electricity flowing. These specialized workers are on call 24/7 in case severe storms or other circumstances cause the power to go out.
Lineworkers work with high-voltage electricity, often at great heights, in all kinds of weather conditions, such as snow, wind, rain, ice and extreme heat and cold. The work required to maintain the power grid is physically demanding. To become proficient, most lineworkers go through a technical training program and first learn on the job as apprentices under the careful eye of seasoned lineworkers who have earned journeyman status.
Some of the responsibilities of your Cooperative's lineworkers:
- Install, maintain or repair the power lines that move electricity.
- Identify defective devices, voltage regulators, transformers and switches.
- Inspect and test power lines and auxiliary equipment.
- String (install) power lines between poles.
- Climb poles and use truck-mounted buckets to get to equipment.
- Operate power equipment when installing and repairing poles and lines.
- Drive work vehicles to job sites.
- Know and implement safety standards and procedures.
564,350 HOURS WORKED SINCE LAST LOST TIME ACCIDENT IN 2017.
When member-owners report a problem, your Cooperative line crew must identify the cause and fix it. This usually involves diagnostic testing using specialized equipment and repair work. To work on poles, they usually use bucket trucks to raise themselves to the top of the structure, although all lineworkers must be adept at climbing poles when necessary. Workers use specialized safety equipment to keep them from falling when climbing utility poles.
Storms and other natural disasters can cause extensive damage to powerlines. When power is lost, your employee team must work quickly to restore service to member-owners.
Although everyone at your Cooperative works hard to provide reliable service, we salute our lineworkers who work around the clock to keep the power on. Their safety, as well as yours, is our top priority.
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative is proud to honor our lineworkers and we invite all our member-owners to take a moment and thank a lineworker for the important work they do. Got power? #ThankALineworker #LineworkerAppreciationDay