JEFFERSON, GA—Jackson EMC linemen bested many others from around the world at the 2016 International Lineman’s Rodeo, held October 15 in Kansas City. On Saturday, men and women from across the globe assembled to compete in their craft. More than 200 teams of Journeymen Linemen and 284 Apprentices competed in a series of four events looking for a possible 100 points per event and the fastest time. The events included: hurtman rescue, pole climb, transformer change-out, vibration damper installation, slack block making, insulator and pin change as well as a written test for apprentices.
Apprentice Kaleb Chapman, of Gainesville, placed 2nd in the Pole Climb with a time of 21 seconds. Chapman also won an award in the Hurtman Rescue, finishing 4th with a rescue time of 56 seconds. Overall, Chapman finished 12th in the REA Division. Jose Rodriguez, of Gainesville, finished 16th.
In the REA Journeyman Division, Justin Cash, Clay Phillips and Shannon Love, all of Jefferson, finished 4 events in 30:11 with a perfect 400 points and finished in 5th place. Four of the top five winning teams in the division were representing Georgia electric cooperatives.
The Lineman’s Rodeo attracts the best linemen from around the world to compete in events based on traditional lineman tasks and skills. The first Lineman’s Rodeo was held in September 1984, with 12 participating teams from Kansas and Missouri.
Competition events exhibit skill and safety:
Hurtman Rescue - Simulates the rescue of an injured worker stranded at the top of a utility pole.
Pole Climb- Linemen climb a pole with a raw egg in a bag and then descend with the egg in their mouth. Any crack in the shell is a deduction in points.
Transformer Change Out (team) – Team removes an existing transformer and hoists a new transformer to the top of a pole for replacement.
Vibration Damper Installation (team) – Team has to remove and then re-install a vibration damper, a device made of a pair of weights joined by a steel cable with a clamp used to stabilize lines.
Slack Block Making (apprentice) – Ropes and pulleys tied intricately together to use when repairing lines.
Insulator and Pin Change (apprentice) – Linemen throw a gathered rope 30 feet in the air and thread it through lines of wire 18 inches apart, then climb a utility pole to change out two pin-top insulators.
Videos of some of the competitions are available on the Jackson EMC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JacksonEMC/.
Results are available here: https://www.linemansrodeokc.com/?page_id=34.
Photos from the event are available here: http://jacksonemc.smartimage.com/2016-national-linemen-rodeo.