Thank a lineman: National Lineman Appreciation Day upcoming
By Halei Lamb | April 8, 2020 2:14 pm
Exactly when National Lineman Appreciation Day falls seems to be up in the air. Some celebrate it April 18 while others celebrate a few days before then. No matter the exact day, National Lineman Day is a time to express our utmost appreciation to the great men and women that work so hard for us. It is our duty to celebrate the hard work, innovation, and dedication of electrical lineworkers. The goal of National Lineman Appreciation Day is to help people see and understand the men and women who work day in and day out to keep us connected. Join us in celebrating them today and every day!
Being a lineworker requires years of training that includes safety measures, operating equipment, and physical standards. Lineworkers must trust one another and be able to communicate efficiently, and they must pay attention to detail and be precise. This particular profession takes men and women from city skylines to the countryside and everywhere in between. No matter the weather, no matter the time, line crews are one of the teams America constantly needs—and they always show up. Servicing various parts of Emanuel County are Georgia Power, Jefferson Energy, Altamaha EMC, Excelsior EMC, and Washington EMC. These are the men and women putting it on the line every day to keep your lights on; these are the people behind the power. Thank you for all your efforts!
Below are a few facts about this dangerous yet important profession:
- A lineworker has the 10th most dangerous job in the United States
- Lineworkers average 16-hour workdays during disasters
- Lineworkers carry approximately 30 pounds of equipment daily
- Up to 7 years may be required to fully train as a lineworker
- 9 million miles of wire are in service across the United States
- There are 115,000 linemen in the U.S.
- Power lineman trade began in 1879 with the invention of the Edison lightbulb
- The first lineman in America was Ezra Cornell, who built the Morse Telegraph line and later founded Cornell University
- Hot sticking began in 1905, barehanding began in 1915, and rubber gloving started in the 1920s
- Henry Miller was the founder and first president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
- 170 million wood poles are in service around the U.S.
- Approximately 67,000 line personnel responded to Superstorm Sandy
- The average cost of installing powerlines per mile: $40,000 overhead, $210,000 underground
- The median annual wage (not including overtime) is $63,250
- To achieve journeyman status, a lineman must have four years of training
- There are 2.7 million transmission towers in service across America
- Some 155,000,000 electric customers exist in the United States