The Second Most Important Lineman Skill

Many things have changed over the last 30 years for Lineman in the Utility industry. 30 years ago there was no FR or Hi-Vis clothing, 30 years ago there were no harnesses in the bucket, 30 years ago yelling, bullying and screaming for communication was common on the crew, there is less of that type…

Do You Know These 4 Apprentices?

Let me take you back to September 7th, 1981. It was one of the most important days of my life. About a month earlier, I had been accepted to my company’s apprenticeship training program, after being a grunt for about a year. I was so excited to finally get started on my career and path…

So you Want to Be a Lineman

Today’s episode is for anyone who is looking to become a Lineman. I see lots of talk on Facebook and other Lineman bulletin boards from people asking about getting a job as a lineman. If this is you, listen up. I can’t tell you exactly how all companies run their hiring but I can tell…

This Could Be the Greatest Lineman Tradition

I want to talk to you today about being your brother’s keeper, when you hear the saying “you are your brother’s keeper” or “being your brother’s keeper,” what do you think about? What I was taught was, being your brother’s keeper means you look out for yourself but are always looking out for your fellow…

Beginners Guide to Doing Line Work in Hawaii

I worked as a lineman for over 30 years at my company South Carolina Electric & Gas. I had pretty much seen it all, done it all, knew it all. I was burnt out, I felt I had nothing left to learn. I was ready for a change of scenery, my wife felt the same…

Help! I Have to Give a Safety Meeting Talk

So today we are going to talk about safety meetings. Nothing strikes fear into a lineman’s heart as having to stand up and give a talk during a safety meeting, I have seen the biggest, baddest lineman melt when they are up on the stage. There you are in front of all of you smart…

Pre-job Briefings, From Routine to Remarkable

What is one of the most effective ways to prevent employee injuries out in the field? Are you frustrated that small mistakes lead to needless employee injuries? A good pre-job meeting (Tailgate, Tailboard etc.) is critical in preventing injuries. In my opinion this is the most important meeting of the day. Use these tips to…