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July 10 is National Lineworker Appreciation Day

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It can be easy to take electricity for granted. Day after day, when we flip a switch or push a button, electricity flows. Yet, it takes a dedicated effort to ensure electricity is so reliable. More than 74,000 lineworkers across the nation work to provide safe and reliable electricity to American homes and businesses day and night, during storms and blue-sky days.

By recognizing National Lineworker Appreciation Day on July 10, we celebrate the dedication and commitment of these dedicated men and women.

A lineworker’s job is physically challenging and often dangerous. Lineworkers install new technologies and help build smarter energy infrastructure. This includes digging trenches for underground cables and scaling poles to repair overhead wires—more than 50 feet off of the ground. When storms or other natural disasters strike, lineworkers are often the first on the scene. This means working in very challenging weather conditions, from tornadoes to blizzards.

Lineworkers are always ready to help other communities restore power when needed. When an area is hard-hit by a storm or natural disaster, teams of lineworkers travel sometimes hundreds of miles to provide assistance. They work around the clock to get the job done, safely restoring electricity to all homes and businesses.

A lineworker’s job isn’t only physically demanding; it is also highly skilled work. Industry and organized labor closely work together to provide the training and education needed to ensure that lineworkers have the skills they need to succeed. Lineworkers are on the front lines of delivering the safe, reliable energy that we expect.

On Monday, be sure to use the hashtag #ThankALineWorker on social media to show your appreciation to the men and women who work to ensure that our energy grid is secure and resilient.