Line crews are social distancing

Posted on Jul 31 2020 in Bartholomew County REMC

Working with electricity can be a dangerous job, especially for lineworkers. In fact, it is known to be among the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. That’s why for Bartholomew County REMC, safety is the number one priority. This is not empty talk. Over time, we have created a culture of putting our crews’ safety and that of the community above all else. 

Our mission is to enrich the well-being of our membership and our community. We also strive to deliver affordable and reliable electricity to you, but equally important, we want our employees to return home safely to their loved ones. This requires ongoing focus, dedication, vigilance – and your help!

Please practice social distancing. While we appreciate your kindness and interest in the work of our crews, we ask that you stay back and let them focus on their task at hand. We are asking members and employees to practice social distancing. Even routine work has the potential to be dangerous when not in a pandemic situation. It takes full attention and that of their co-workers, who are also responsible for the team’s safety. 

Distractions can have deadly consequences. If a lineworker is on or near your property during a power outage, for repair work or for routine maintenance, please allow them ample room to work. These small accommodations will help protect our crews–– and you.

If you have a dog, try to keep it indoors while lineworkers are on or near your property. While most dogs are friendly, some are defensive of their territory and can’t distinguish between a intruder and a utility worker. Our crews work best without a pet “supervising” the job. 

We recognize that for your family’s safety, you want to make sure only authorized workers are on or near your property. You will recognize BCREMC employees by their lineworker uniforms, and the service trucks with our name and logo on them. You may also recognize our lineworkers because they live right here in our local community.

Slow down and move over. In addition to giving lineworkers some space while they are near your property, we also ask that you move over or slow down when approaching a utility vehicle on the side of the road. This is an extra barrier of safety to help those who help all of us.