April 16, 2019 – April 18 is National Lineman Appreciation Day! On this special day, LCEC honors and thanks not just our linemen, but linemen around the world, for the hard work they do. These dedicated men and women put their lives in danger day in and day out in the most trying of elements to keep the lights on. National Lineman Appreciation Day is a day to #thankalineman for their work which goes largely unnoticed until you are without power.
Although the majority of linemen prefer to be out of the spotlight, one of LCEC’s linemen was honored in a monumental way. In 2015, LCEC lineman Les Walton was inducted into the International Lineman Museum Hall of Fame! We are so proud of each and every lineman in the LCEC family, and especially honored to have one recognized in such a significant way! Should you see a lineman on National Lineman Appreciation Day, or any day for that matter, please give them a wave or a pat on the back. LCEC extends a huge thank you to all the brave line heroes across the nation!
The power lineman trade began: 1879
First lineman in the United States: Ezra Cornell (who built the Morse telegraph line and founded Cornell University)
Founder and first president of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: Henry Miller
Number of wood poles in United Sates: 170 million+
Approximate weight of lineman tools and equipment: 30 pounds
Miles of wire service in United States: 9 million+
Number of transmission towers in service in United States: 2.7 million+
Number of wood poles in service in United States: 170 million+
Number of years of training to become lineman: 4 years
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