One way your cooperative does this is to hold monthly safety meetings on various topics required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other topics designed to promote safe working conditions specific to Clarke Electric. Not only are the linemen and operations employees in attendance, but also support system team members. All employees are required to attend monthly and annual training workshops.
Pictured above is newly hired Apprentice Lineman, Hunter Koehn, demonstrating his climbing proficiency skills recently at cooperative headquarters.
The most challenging aspect of linework is learning to climb poles and work safely in an elevated position. Additionally, linemen are tested on pole top rescue skills, which are critical in the event of any emergency.
Jason Thorson, Job Training & Safety Instructor for the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives (IAEC), conducts the trainings. All linemen are tested annually on climbing and pole top rescue skills to be an active lineman.