Linemen have one of the most dangerous jobs in the country.
It’s challenging work, but also important work. That in itself is very rewarding. Although all 12,000 Eastern Illini member/owners – and their families and employees – depend on their electric service each and every day, very few actually consider how the electricity even got to them to begin with. Before you switch on the lights, Eastern Illini linemen have already put up the poles, connected miles of wire and flipped more than a few switches of their own. All to make sure your life is always powered. Linemen have always been the unsung heroes who labor without regard to their own comfort in order to ensure our member/owners have electricity. These men (and women at some co-ops) are committed to helping you weather any storm – before, during and after. Because between the rain, sleet, snow and wind, it is still the human element that differeniates electric cooperatives from other power companies. Our lineworkers form a solid team with one job: to deliver safe, reliable electricity. But that job can change in a million ways when rough weather steps in. Power restoration takes precedence on a lineworker’s to-do list. These brave men are always on call. We have four crews standing by to serve you 24 hours a day, in the middle of the night or wee hours of the morning, weekends and holidays. Can you imagine getting a call at 3 a.m. telling you to work outside during bad weather? Not many people are willing to face storms. Our linemen face harsh elements daily, all to serve you. Linemen also focus on safety; the lives of their coworkers are on the line. Job safety is important to everyone, no matter your occupation. But for linemen, there can be no slip ups or careless actions. Mistakes can cost a limb or life. That’s one of the reasons linemen form a brotherhood. When you put your life in the hands of co-workers every day, they become more than colleagues. They’re family. That sense of family extends to electric co-ops across the nation. One of our principles is cooperation among cooperatives. We help other co-ops in their time of need, and they extend that service to us, too. It’s reassuring to know if a severe storm strikes, a national team of lineworkers stand ready to answer the call. To be ready to respond no matter the situation or weather conditions, linemen are highly trained. At Eastern Illini, our linemen go through special training to ensure they can work safely with various kinds of equipment. The equipment gets tested regularly too. These highly skilled men light our homes and businesses every day. They endure harsh weather and long hours, all to make our lives better. Today (and every day), please take a moment to thank them. Eastern Illini’s 22 linemen are the heart of Co-op Nation. and they are all dedicated to serving you.