Jul 10, 2018

On National Lineworker Appreciation Day, PPL thanks the fieldworkers who keep the lights on

Lineworker atop a telephone pole, working from a bucket truck.

It takes a lot of dedication and manpower from many types of employees to keep PPL’s electric grid working properly.

Today, on National Lineworker Appreciation Day, PPL thanks the ones in hardhats – the employees on the ground and up in the poles who provide reliable service.

The company has nearly 5,000 fieldworkers – including lineworkers, electricians, technicians and troublemen – who brave winter’s freezing temperatures and summer’s sizzling heat to keep the lights on for more than 10 million customers in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and the United Kingdom.

“We appreciate the valuable work they do every day to help keep the grid reliable,” said Steph Raymond, vice president of Distribution Operations for PPL Electric Utilities. “We can always count on them to deliver.”

The electrical work lineworkers and other fieldworkers perform takes intense training to master and requires technical expertise and intense focus, sometimes in challenging conditions. They safely make repairs and installations whether they’re underground or 50-plus feet above the ground.

“Our success is dependent on the operation of the distribution network and our fieldworkers undertake the day-to-day activities to ensure that it functions efficiently,” said Mark Shaw, a network services manager for Western Power Distribution. “They maintain, construct and repair our network in order to ensure that our customers have easy access to electricity and receive a reliable supply.”

Lineworkers and other fieldworkers don’t just serve their own communities – they’re sometimes called on to restore power in other parts of the country or even beyond, like the mutual assistance effort this year in Puerto Rico.

Two fieldworkers in yellow jackets climb a transmission tower“Whether they are dealing with day-to-day service provisions, responding to abnormal conditions on the electric system, or answering the call for much-needed mutual assistance across the industry, their commitment to providing safe, reliable and resilient electric service is relentless,” said John Wolfe, vice president of Electric Distribution at Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities. “We sincerely appreciate their dedication, professionalism and determination to influence outstanding customer service.”

There are more 74,000 electrical lineworkers nation-wide, according to the Edison Electric Institute, an association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies.

National Lineworker Appreciation Day was introduced by congressional resolution and officially adopted in 2016 to “…honor and recognize the contributions of the countless individuals who often place themselves in harm’s way to serve their communities.”

National Lineworker Appreciation Day also honors the life and work of Henry Miller, the first president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

Here’s a video slideshow showing just some of our fieldworkers in action: