The power behind your power

Posted on Mar 21 2018 in Clark County REMC

Lineworkers do more than keep the power on. You may see them helping out at special events throughout the community.

As April arrives, it brings with it the showers that produce spring flowers. It also heralds the beginning of spring storm season, which may result in power outages. While Clark County REMC strives to provide reliable electricity to our members, there are times when Mother Nature has other plans. Most of us can ride out a storm from the comfort and convenience of our homes. However, there is a group of professionals that spring into action when the weather takes a turn for the worst — co-op lineworkers.

Braving stormy weather and other challenging conditions, lineworkers often must climb 40 or more feet in the air, carrying heavy equipment to restore power. Listed as one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S., lineworkers must perform detailed tasks next to high voltage power lines. To help keep them safe, lineworkers wear specialized protective clothing and equipment at all times when on the job. While the gear performs a critical function, it also adds additional weight and bulk, making the job more complex.

Clark County REMC Lineman Andrew Korte gets ready to take basketball standout Romeo Langford on a bucket truck ride.

Being a lineworker is not a glamorous profession. At its essence, it is a dangerous job, requiring lineworkers to work near high voltage lines in the worst of conditions, at any time of the day or night. During hurricanes, wildfires or storms, crews often work around the clock to restore power.

While April is known for spring showers, there is also a day set aside to “thank a lineworker.” Lineworker Appreciation Day is April 9. During the month of April, if you see a lineworker, please pause to say thank you to the power behind your power. Let him know you appreciate the hard work he does to keep the lights on, regardless of the conditions.