Groundman Fail

RE: Your Groundman’s Accident Report Dear Safety Director, I am replying to your email requesting additional information for Section #3 of our company accident report, I put “Poor Planning” as the cause of the accident that happened on the crew. Since I am the Foreman of the crew I will share the full story. I…

Storm Stories: Hurricane Bertha PT 2

Here are a few lineman stories that took place during Hurricane Bertha in 1996 around Wilmington, NC. WARNING Do not try anything mentioned in this video on your job. These stories are from “back in the day” when you could get away with this stuff. “Opinions expressed are solely my own and may not express…

Storm Stories: Hurricane Bertha PT 1

Here are a few lineman stories that took place during Hurricane Bertha in 1996 around Wilmington, NC. WARNING Do not try anything mentioned in this video on your job. These stories are from “back in the day” when you could get away with this stuff. “Opinions expressed are solely my own and may not express…

R.I.P. Brother

Everyone has people that help them get through their apprenticeship. Being an apprentice is like going on a long journey to reach a destination, which is the land of knowledge, the land of knowledge happens to be a Journeyman Lineman. On this journey, the apprentice will run into forks in the road. The Linemen on…

Linemen Don’t Let Lineman…

What kind of Lineman culture do you have where you work? Do you wake up in the morning and dread going to work? We all want to work at a place where everyone gets along and works together to get the job done. But sometimes it’s a discouraging struggle, other Lineman stabbing you in the…

How Do YOU Lead Your Apprentices and Helpers?

I want to ask you, which style of leading helpers and apprentice lineman is better, autocratic or democratic?  Autocratic is where the person in charge makes all the decisions and directs his workers to follow. Democratic is where the person in charge gets everyone together to make sure everyone understands what the job is and…

Lineman Make Too Much Money

Today I want to talk to you about a favorite subject of linemen, and that is the subject of overtime. Now this is going to be a little bit of a rant, because something happened to me this week. I heard somebody talking about overtime, and well it actually pissed me off in a way….