A Job Usually Taken for Granted
Lineman Appreciation Day began as a way to publicly thank our utility workers who construct and maintain our electrical lines. While we can publicly thank those who work today in our communities, we also remember those who worked when electricity was a new commodity.
The electrical industry has grown by leaps and bounds since the late 1800s, and that growth has come at a high price, including the cost of human lives lost. As with any major construction industry, electrical work has inherent dangers, with electricity often referred to as a “silent killer.”
e-Hazard joins our community and the electrical industry by saying “Thank you!” to those who put their lives on the line daily to make sure homes and businesses continue to have electricity. We certainly couldn’t do our work without you.
While April 18 is nationally recognized as Lineman Appreciation Day, we understand that different companies and organizations have chosen to honor linemen and women on different dates. Whenever you choose to recognize the day, make sure you #thankalineman.
Families of the Fallen
Visit their web page to learn about the work this non-profit is doing and donate money to help keep them going.
For those of you who received one of e-Hazard’s arc-rated baseball caps¹ for free at the 2017 Electrical Safety Workshop in Reno, NV, we hope you remembered to donate. If you’ve forgotten to, now is a perfect time to donate! Please go to www.fallenlinemen.org. to show your support.
- The 25 Most Dangerous Jobs in America (2018) – Lineworkers are at #15. Electricians made #22 and telecommunications line installers are at #19.
- This 2017 article lists the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the United States. The article ranks lineman at #9.
- Find out more about the International Lineman’s Rodeo & Expo 2018 (to be held on October 13, 2018)
- The story of Henry Miller, a lineman in the late 1800s and one of the founders of the National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
- A tribute to linemen by Northwest Lineman College.
- Photos from the early days of electrical work.
¹The arc-rated baseball caps are no longer for sale on the e-Hazard online Store. (11/6/2017)