While some aspects of a lineman’s job can be monotonous, they play a crucial part in ensuring reliability.
“We don’t want issues to arise,” Lance Ottmar, lead lineman at Mandan (ND) TSM, says. “That’s why we do ground patrols and try to stay on top of maintenance. That way the lines are in good shape. So if a storm comes through, the lines hold up to it and the power stays on.”
See the April 11 Live Wire post, #ThankALineman today for National Lineman Appreciation Day, for a graphic showing the different gear linemen wear on wood poles and steel structures.