Ruralite Services honors lineworkers by highlighting industry facts
Most people know the nation’s 117,600 lineworkers are on call around the clock. But how heavy are their tools? What’s the record time set for rescuing a hurt man from the top of a pole? Did you know linework is so dangerous, lineworkers wear two sets of gloves to stay safe?
Many utilities celebrate National Lineman/Lineworker Appreciation Day in April. We want to help! And while we love lineman sayings—my favorite is, “If you sent a lineman to the moon, there wouldn’t be a dark side,”—we decided to honor line heroes by sharing some little-known facts.
We designed three fact-based lineworker graphics for utilities to share. Feel free to use one or all of these graphics when you celebrate your lineworkers on social media.
Utilities in Ruralite’s Social Media Support Program receive these graphics, too. Subscribers also get a custom Facebook cover image featuring their local linemen and logo. Here’s an example made for our friends at Wells Rural Electric Company in Nevada.
Lineworker versus Lineman
To include a growing number of women in the field, in 2018 the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association changed the name of the celebration to Lineworker Appreciation Day, creating the hashtag #ThankaLinewoker. To accommodate both utilities using this new language and utilities who want to stick with #ThankaLineman, we are providing two versions of each graphic: one with #ThankaLineman and another with #ThankaLineworker. The #ThankaLineman versions are above. Download alternate #ThankaLineworker versions of each graphic here: Rodeo, Water Bottle, and Gloves.
Save the Date(s)
Since Congress designated April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day < https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-resolution/95>, utilities across the nation have taken time to #ThankaLineman. Resolutions have been introduced in Congress to set a firm annual date, but no action has been taken. Here’s when utilities celebrate in 2018:
- April 9 Celebrated by many electric co-ops. Always falls on the second Monday of April, per a 2014 NRECA board resolution.
- April 18 The date marked by Congress in 2013 and still celebrated by some utilities. linemanappreciationday.com.
- July 10 In 2017, the Edison Electric Institute started saluting the lineworker profession on July 10 to honor Henry Miller, a founder of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Brainstorming ways to celebrate? Look past on our past blog posts, where we’ve shared several ways to honor the men and women on the lines:
Share Your Ideas
We’d love to let other utility communicators see how you celebrate lineworkers. Share pictures/ideas below or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.