Usually electricity is there 24/7 working in the background helping to advance our economy, health, entertainment and comfort. Then it happens – a severe storm rolls in and the lights go out. What was taken for granted and not appreciated becomes a source of irritation. “Why did the utility company let this happen again?!” The next time you are home and slightly uncomfortable because the power is out again, I urge you to consider that someone’s father, mother, son, daughter, wife or husband is most likely swinging from a pole in conditions most of us would not drive in to help get the power restored. According to a post by Paul Mauldin of TDWorld.com, utility line work is one of the top ten most dangerous jobs in America. Approximately 30-50 workers out of 100,000 are killed on the job every year. This is twice the fatality rate of police officers and firemen! Despite the industry’s focus on safety, the job of providing electric service is dangerous, especially during a storm. While many of us enjoyed the 4th of July holiday, utility workers dealt with these conditions:
You can go to the Edison Electric Institute’s website to see the images above and many others. Consider including utility line workers when you celebrate first responders. They brave dangerous conditions to keep you safe and comfortable too.