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Do You Have What it Takes to be a Lineman?

Monday, April 14, 2014


The room was pitch dark, blinds closed and cardboard tacked across the window to eliminate any hint of light. Only the flicker of a small candle provided illumination. Suddenly, four electric utility linemen raced in, lights beaming from their helmets as they quickly worked to restore power. When the lights came back on, Carol Hutchinson [...]

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Mishaps Put Linemen in Right Place to Save Lives

Monday, April 14, 2014


Terry Lowe remembers it as a night when “everything that could go wrong did go wrong.” But this series of mishaps set up Lowe and his colleagues to save two lives. Lowe is a first class lineman at Sam Houston Electric Cooperative in Livingston, Texas, and in 13 years on the job, he’s seen a [...]

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Safety First at Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo

Tuesday, April 08, 2014


On a parcel of flat Virginia pastureland, Douglas Hancock and Daniel Hutchins waited anxiously as a bucket inched toward the ground with an electric utility lineman seriously stricken in the line of duty. Quickly and judiciously, the crew from Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative unloaded their colleague, placed a distress call and then breathed a sigh [...]

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‘Doomsday Disneyland’ on Georgia Co-op Lines

Tuesday, April 08, 2014


Not too many electric cooperatives can boast of a key account dubbed the “doomsday Disneyland” by CNN. Flint Energies in Warner Robins, Ga., can claim that honor with the Guardian Centers of Georgia in nearby Perry. The Guardian Centers is a disaster training facility where urban first responders can test skills, equipment and leadership in [...]

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Pakistan Program Honored for Lineman Safety

Thursday, April 03, 2014


Until very recently in Pakistan, it wasn’t unusual for more than 100 experienced electric utility linemen to die on the job each year with equal numbers severely injured. But with help from NRECA International and USAID contractor Engility those numbers have been inching downwards, thanks to a safety training program that’s improving skills, changing attitudes [...]

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