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National Lineman Appreciation Day
Imagine being quarantined without power. No Netflix. No refrigerator. No video games to keep your kids occupied while you’re trying to work. No computers to allow you to work. No power or technology of any kind. Thanks to linemen, we are able to have all of these things. Saturday was Lineman Appreciation Day. Linemen work around the clock to make sure that we have power. They work under high risk conditions on a daily basis. Without them, we would not be able to function in our high-tech world. How did this appreciation day come to be? On April 10, 2013, U.S. Senate Resolution 95 declared April 18th as Lineman Appreciation Day.
Here are a few facts about the history of linemen:
- The profession began in the 1840’s due to the invention of the telegraph. Lines were originally strung on trees, but eventually wooden poles were put in place. There was very little training available and the job was extremely dangerous. They were responsible for connecting communities to the ever growing power grid.
- Between the 1890’s and 1930’s, line work was considered one of the most dangerous jobs in existence. One in 3 linemen were killed on the job, typically from electrocution.
- In the 1940’s and 1950’s, electricity became more publicly dependent. Maintenance of power lines and quick repairs became more important.
- In the 1950’s, some electric lines began to be installed underground.
- Now, industry standards and best practices have been put in place to protect our linemen. There are 3 organizations leading lineman health and safety: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, National Electrical Contractors Association, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
If you see a lineman, thank them. If you see anyone on the front lines, thank them, too. There are many essential workers on the frontlines right now. We at Brainfiller appreciate ALL of you who are still working to keep life as normal as possible for us during this time.