Most people don’t think about the work performed by men and women in the electrical line industry until they lose power. Whether it’s after a storm or line downed due to man-made interference, these people set aside personal safety to return our worlds to normal. They do this at odd hours, forgoing their own plans to ensure we can enjoy power to our homes and offices. Yet, we often do not consider the sacrifices of the unsung heroes and even voice frustration at the amount of time it takes to restore our power.
It is because of the dedication and commitment shown by these people that Congress voted to officially recognized April 18th as National Lineman Appreciation Day. Most of us don’t give much thought to the level of commitment required to perform this important job. These people show up daily to ensure that we are able to run our computers, make coffee and watch our favorite programs through the dangerous work of constructing and repairing power lines.
Electrical lineworkers are an innovative group of people who support our desire to continually build new infrastructure. The end result of their work is a world that is more connected and more comfortable.
The Passing of a Resolution
Congress passed the resolution in 2013 to designate April 18th as National Lineman Appreciation Day. The resolution stated many important reasons for recognizing, including:
- • Linemen are often first responders during storms and other catastrophic events, making the scenes safe for public safety heroes.
- • Linemen work with thousands of volts of electricity high atop power lines 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to keep electricity flowing.
- • Linemen frequently work under dangerous conditions far away from family to construct and maintain the energy infrastructure of our country.
- • Linemen put their lives on the line every day with little recognition from the community regarding the danger of the work.
We are proud of linemen and the work they do to ensure we are safe, and are proud to recognize them on National Linemen Appreciation Day, and frankly every day, for their contributions.
Thank you for everything you do!