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AIEC Lineman's Safety Rodeo

It was beautiful weather for the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperative’s 23rd annual Lineman’s Safety Rodeo on Sept. 8 as electric linemen from across the state gathered in Springfield. Seventeen teams of three from Illinois electric cooperatives and municipal utilities competed. Events included the hurt man rescue, 40-foot climb, H-structure course, transformer banking and the 40-foot head-to-head climbing challenge. Events are created to highlight the skills linemen use to work safely and efficiently. While judging is based on agility, speed and accuracy, above all, the linemen are judged on safe work practices. Special thanks to Jake Keys, Russ Camp and Austin Swango for representing EnerStar! As a team, the three men won third place in the team H-structure course. We appreciate your dedication! We also want to give a shout out to Journeyman Lineman Keith Borchers and former EnerStar CEO and lineman Mike Clark for helping judge the day’s festivities!

Representing EnerStar this year at the Lineman’s Safety Rodeo was Austin Swango, Jake Keys and Russ Camp. Thank you, guys, for your dedication!

Journeyman Lineman Russ Camp participates in the Hurt Man Rescue event.

Apprentice Lineman Austin Swango climbing.

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