NASHVILLE, TN- Climbing poles is just part of the job for linemen at Nashville Electric Service. It isn’t easy, but two crews with NES are making it look that way. Eight linemen are practicing non-stop for a chance to be the best. They will be competing against teams across the nation April 15-16 at the American Public Power Association (APPA) Lineworkers’ Rodeo in Memphis, TN.
Rick Howell, a line supervisor, is coaching the two teams. He says, “These guys take it seriously. They have a real chance of winning, and the competition is fierce. You only have one chance to get it right.”
Both teams will compete in five different events simulating real life situations. Speed is important but accuracy is crucial. The Lineworkers’ Rodeo is designed to promote safety on the job.