You’ve likely noticed Northern Neck Electric Cooperative’s crews out and about, working on power lines and other electrical equipment in our community. It’s no secret that a lineworker’s job is tough — but it’s a job that’s essential and must be done, often in challenging conditions. This month, as we celebrate Lineworker Appreciation Day on April 11, here are some interesting facts about their careers.
- The equipment and tools that a lineworker carries while climbing
a utility pole can weigh up to 50 pounds or 6 gallons of milk.
- Lineworkers can be required to climb poles that are 30 to 70 feet tall.
- A journeyman lineworker receives more than 7,000 hours of training
to work with high-voltage equipment. over 19,000 meters 24/7 year-round.
- To do this, they maintain over 2,100 miles of power lines.
- Line crews now use laptops, tablets,
- Line crews now use laptops, tablets, drones and other technologies to map outages, survey damage and troubleshoot problems.
Please join us in thanking our lineworkers on April 11 for their efforts to keep power flowing, regardless of the time of day or weather conditions. They are our hardhat heroes.