We appreciate you!
Although we only take one day out of the year to formally say “thank you” to our lineman, safely delivering power takes 365 days a year of hard work and sacrifices. On April 8th, Wheatland Electric will join cooperatives from across the nation to celebrate Lineman Appreciation Day.
We would like to proudly recognize the 73-Lineman at Wheatland Electric for everything they do. We would also like to say thank you to all the past linemen who have contributed to the strong electrical infrastructure that ensures safe and reliable power to our homes.
While reflecting on this past Winter, we are especially thankful for the men who kept the power on and our heaters running. Anytime we would post pictures or videos to our social media accounts the outpouring of gratitude was overwhelming. It takes a special individual to work with their bucket raised high in the air while winds are howling, and snow is falling, but that speaks the level of commitment our linemen have to serving our members.
Two of the biggest challenges that our Linemen face are working safely and in remote areas. Wheatland has taken many steps to ensure our safety equipment and training are in line with the top of the industry standards. As part of Wheatland’s Commitment to Zero Contacts initiative, linemen were encouraged to carry a ‘Commitment Coin’ in their pockets while at work. These coins serve as a constant reminder of why they work safely. Director of Safety and Compliance, Quinten Wheeler said “The coins have been great. When the guys are out working and stick their hand in their pocket, they feel that coin and it serves as a reminder of why to stay safe and who is counting on them to come home that night.”
We are used to remote spaces in Kansas, and our lineman are used to servicing those areas. Currently, Wheatland’s service territory is over 4,600 square miles. That pencils out to 63 square mile per lineman. To effectively service an area this large, our linemen use team work and long hours to serve our members.
The next time you see a Wheatland lineman – be sure to thank them for keeping the lights on. But more importantly, thank them for the hard – and often times dangerous – work they do, day in and day out.
Use #ThankALineman or #ThankaLineworker in your social media posts on April 8th to show support for our Wheatland linemen who make our lives easier every day.