by , on September 25, 2010

This article got me wondering about the militaristic language of “country above” as it realtes to linemen.  I have been party to it and have deep respect for linemen and electricians as they work a very risky job but these jobs don’t have to be as risk as we have allowed them to remain.  We have many methods and PPE options that reduce risks dramatically.  With back up generators do we have to risk life and limb to restore power quickly anymore?  I think sometimes it is critical (hospitals can’t run on generators forever) but when is “country above” going too far in electrical safety?

Read the article from Antiguia about a lineman’s death.

Hugh Hoagland
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Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.

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