Lives on the line

Posted on Mar 22 2017 in Harrison REMC

Harrison REMC linemen replace a broken pole.

Harrison REMC is proud to recognize our linemen and power delivery professionals. These are the people in the field who risk their lives every day to ensure we have safe, reliable power.

Their job is dirty, dangerous and comes at all hours of the day or night. When storms destroy the wires and poles they helped build, our lineworkers are the first to respond. They work to keep the area safe and because of them other public safety officials can do their jobs.

“Our linemen, as well as linemen from across the nation, truly deserve this special day of recognition,” said David Lett, CEO of Harrison REMC.

Lineworkers brave bitter cold, oppressive heat or Mother Nature’s unpredictable fury to get the lights back on safely and keep them on. Training is extensive and skill improvement ongoing.

Whether restoring power after a natural disaster, maintaining the lines or building new service, working with thousands of volts of electricity is dangerous.

Harrison REMC is proud of the 20 lineworkers who maintain 2,200 miles of line across our service territory, making sure the lights stay on.

It’s an honor to celebrate their hard work and that of all the co-op employees who work behind the scenes every day on behalf of our 22,000 members.

On April 10, tip your hat, give a shout out or just say thanks to the men and women who work diligently to keep electricity flowing safely and reliably.

Working Foreman Rodney Cecil talks with Chuck Tiemann, senior risk management/regulatory consultant with Indiana Electric Cooperatives, about the pole top rescue training. This training is a yearly requirement completed by linemen each spring.

Meter Technician Brandon Gentry teaches children at the Harrison County Library about electrical safety and what it is like to work as a lineman.