Twelve teams and 15 individuals won awards at the American Public Power Association's seventeenth annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo, held May 5-6, in San Antonio, Texas, and hosted by CPS Energy.
Seventy-three teams and 158 apprentices from not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities across the nation participated. The rodeo is a series of competitive events demonstrating lineworker skills and safe work practices.
"This is a heated competition, no doubt," said Mike Hyland, senior vice president of engineering services at the Association. "But overall it's about safety and celebrating the craft with competitors from all over the country. It's cliché to say, but these participants are all winners for the work they do year-round to keep the lights on." he added.
The awards honor lineworkers' expertise, and the events are judged based upon safety, work practices, neatness, ability, equipment handling, and timely event completion. All safety rules established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Association's Safety Manual were observed during events.
There are two levels of competition within the rodeo: journeyman and apprentice. The journeyman teams consist of three members -- two climbers and a ground person -- and can include an optional alternate.
A qualified journeyman has more than four years of experience within the electric utility trade. An apprentice lineworker has four or fewer years of experience.
The complete list of award winners is available here.