TLL 036 You Have To Prove It

This is a story about finding out if you have what it takes and the guts to make it in this trade, because not everyone has what it takes to make it as a lineman. When you first get started as an apprentice you hope have what it takes, but you really don’t know.  You’re…

Be A Legendary Lineman…

Do you have a Lineman at your company that is considered a legend? We had a guy, he was a great Lineman and by far the best climber I ever saw.  He loved to antagonize the bosses.  He destroyed more equipment than any 5 Lineman. But no matter what he did, he always seemed to…

The Laws of Linework

I call these the “Laws of Linework” 1. The worse the weather, the more you are required to be out in it. 2. The tough part about being a Foreman is that Lineman don’t know what they want, but they know for certain what they don’t want. 3. Never tell any Foreman or Manager you…

No Greater Friend Will You Ever Find Than A Lineman

The strong bonds of Lineman friendships have no end. This strong bond is not always a 50 – 50 give and take. The Lineman bond is not about each Lineman giving the exact same amount to the friendship. The bond is having the comfort in knowing that if you ever need something, that your brother…

Being a Lineman, It’s Not All Unicorns & Rainbows

So You Want to Live The Lineman Life: It seems like being a Lineman has gone mainstream, anybodycan get into a Lineman school or program if they have the money. Before yousign up for Lineman training at a tech school or pursue going straight to workfor a utility or coop think about this. This is…

The Lineman Circle

Every Lineman’s Journey You start your journey to the Lineman promised land as an apprentice. As an apprentice, you must run the gauntlet. You have responsibilities, you have task to do. Everyone is watching you, the foreman, the Journeyman lineman you work with, the more senior apprentices, how do you do the task assigned to…

TLL029 A Nickname You Will Never Forget

Share0 Tweet0 Share0 The story you are about to hear is true. The reason I am saying that is once you hear it your first reaction will be “no Way.” This is one of those “you can’t make this shit up stories.” Every person I even told this story to remembers it very clearly, It…

#1 Trait You Need to Be a Good Helper or Apprentice

Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Good evening, Brother Linemen. What do you think the most important attribute you need to have when you come out here and work on a line crew or for a utility? You think it’s being strong? Do you think it’s being talented at what you do? Because there is some people that…

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…