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The Power Behind Your Power

As April arrives, it brings with it the showers that produce spring flowers. It also marks the beginning of a potentially stormy season that can cause power outages. While Nolin 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.

One of the most dangerous jobs

Braving stormy weather and other challenging conditions, lineworkers must often 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. This includes special fire-resistant clothing that will self-extinguish, limiting potential injuries from burns and sparks. Insulated rubber gloves are worn to protect them from electrical shock. While the gear provides protection, it also adds additional weight and bulk, making the job more complex.

In addition to the highly visible tasks lineworkers perform, their job today goes far beyond climbing to the top of a pole to repair a wire. They are also information experts that can pinpoint an outage from miles away and restore power remotely. Line crews use their laptops and cell phones to map outages, take pictures of the work they have done and troubleshoot problems. In our community, Nolin RECC lineworkers are responsible for keeping 3,000 miles of lines across nine counties working, in order to bring power to your home and our local community 24/7, regardless of the weather, holidays or personal considerations.

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