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APPRECIATING OUR LINEWORKERS


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he National Rural Electric Cooperative Association recogniz- es the second Monday of every April as National Linework- er Appreciation Day. In joining the celebration, Oklahoma’s electric cooperatives wish to honor these unsung heroes


who keep the lights on every day. Be sure to thank a lineman in your community when you see them around. If you’re a social media user, we encourage you to express your appreciation by using the hashtag, #ThankALineman.


Seven quick facts about our lineworkers:


1. Nationwide, there are more than 150,000 lineworkers (that means one lineworker for every 2,000 people) 2. There are approximately 750 co-op lineworkers in Oklahoma


3. It takes approximately four to six years of schooling to reach the journeyman lineworker level


4.The Safety & Loss Control Department at the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives holds 15 safety training schools every year


5. There is only one Oklahoma co-op female lineworker, Michelle Taylor, at Cotton Electric Cooperative


6. Twenty Oklahoma co-op lineworkers have traveled internationally to Bolivia & Guatemala to bring first-time electricity to isolated villages


7. A lineworker’s chain of command is as follows: Groundman: Also known as “Grunt.” Crewmember who


stays on the ground. Journeyman: Lineworker on crew. Can also be known as


District Lineman District Lineman: Someone in charge of a given area/


district. Lead Lineman: Top lineworker on the crew, underneath the


foreman. Takes on the role of foreman if foreman is absent. Foreman: Supervisors of crews. Superintendent: Over multiple crews. Director of Operations: Over entire operations for a given


cooperative. HOW WILL YOU THANK A LINEWORKER? 6 WWW.OKL.COOP


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