13 Apr Appreciating Linemen: The Enduring Element in America’s Power and Energy Industry
The 2018 IEEE PES T&D Conference and Exposition held in Denver, Colorado from April 16-19 promises to be the most exciting industry conference yet. This event will showcase the solutions, technologies, products, and companies that have brought us to the current state of the power and energy industry. Through a series of dynamic sessions, panel discussions, poster presentations, and tutorials you will discover how the energy industry is slated to evolve into the next generation of power systems.
Regardless of even the most jaw dropping technological advances, one thing that cannot be overlooked is the human element in the power and energy industry. Specifically, the work that linemen do to keep our nation’s infrastructure running smoothly.
What does it take to be a lineman, one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in the world? Courage, skill, strength, teamwork, and tenacity. Linemen always need to be alert as they dig in the trenches or climb towering heights, often working in extreme temperatures and weather conditions to keep the 2.7 million miles of power lines in the US delivering the energy we need, so we can work, live and play in safety and comfort. Over 230,000 men and women risk their lives every hour, every day, to protect our nation’s infrastructure.
During and after natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, and wildfires, linemen are the first responders, literally putting their lives on the line for us to keep our communities safe and get the power back on.