Linemen work with thousands of volts of electricity, keeping the power flowing to our homes and businesses each and every day. They spend their days in all types of conditions, from extreme heat to sleet and snow, and from hot dry pavement to wet and slippery mud. It’s a dangerous profession, making it critical to follow the safety rules.
In honor of National Lineman Appreciation Day, we recognize the importance of safety promotion. Training courses and daily briefings are methods used to help linemen remain vigilant in paying attention to the small stuff and avoiding shortcuts so they can finish safely and go home at the end of each day.
Taking a different angle from the typical safety training or briefing is Dennis McDade, lineman for Dominion Virginia Power. He wanted to add some fun and “cool” to safety training and created a music video called “Safety Rap.” It’s gotten more than 300,000 views on YouTube since he posted it in 2009. Plus, he and his crew have been called on to perform their safety rap at national industry events.
In conjunction with National Lineman Appreciation Day, BSE is helping Hubbell Power Systems and Tytan Pictures by promoting the release of “Storm Soldiers II”. This film highlights the hard-working Americans who work in the electric utility industry.
Hubbell Power Systems and Tytan Pictures Release Storm Soldiers II
Storm Soldiers II is the second installment of the Tytan Pictures project examining the lives and careers of the brave men and women who work in America’s electrical utility industry. In partnership with Hubbell Power Systems and Chance Lineman Grade Tools, Storm Soldiers II showcases the hardworking Americans who work in the industry. This story is about the linemen and the industry’s impact on their lives and families. Juxtaposing the linemen at home against their work and how their families see their jobs, Storm Soldiers II also documents what it’s like for linemen to work in dangerous and extreme conditions. Linemen often arrive to disaster scenes before first responders in order to ensure safety for rescue crews and help restore infrastructure. With a dynamic look at the struggles and triumphs of bringing electricity to communities, the film follows the linemen home to see their families’ reactions to their work and the impact the chaos has on both environments. These men and women represent the over 100,000 linemen in America who work without complaints or excuses.
This award-winning movie is a tribute to the men and women who put their lives on the line and even though only one day is nationally recognized, we #ThankALineman every day.