Electric workers win rodeo awards

COLUMBUS — American Municipal Power Inc. hosted electric lineworkers from member utitilites, Aug. 26, at the AMP training yard here for the 2017 AMP Lineworkers Rodeo.

Jackson Center Municipal Electric System lineworkers David Overman and Nathan Hensley went home with awards.

Overman took first place in the Angle Shoe Change-Out and Bay-O-Net Fuse contests and placed second in the overall journeyman competition. Hensly won second place honors for the written test in the apprentice competition.

More than 30 lineworkers competed in the rodeo, which also featured a team competition. The events were designed to replicate actual lineworker tasks and to test skills needed on a daily basis. Events were judged based on safety, work practices, neatness, ability, equipment-handling and timely completion.

“The AMP Lineworkers Rodeo is an opportunity to showcase the work of our member-community lineworkers,” said AMP Vice President of Technical Services Michelle Palmer. “Safety is a priority in our industry, and safe work practices are emphasized during the rodeo. The venue provides training opportunities for our apprentices in a fun and competitive setting. The event truly is an acknowledgement of the commitment, professionalism and dedication of the men and women who keep the lights on in AMP member-communities.”

Staff report