T&D World Magazine

It’s a Lineman’s World

Transmission & Distribution World celebrates the lives of linemen by focusing on topics that linemen are passionate about — working storms, getting support from their families and training the next wave of workers.

From the time he was 14 years old, Dave Swanson knew he wanted to work as a power lineman. One night, his family’s rural Minnesota farm lost power, and he watched the lineman from the cooperative climb a pole, install a new fuse in the transformer and restore electricity.

“I remember just standing there in awe,” says Swanson, now a 66-year-old safety trainer for Utility Line Construction Services. “I became the first person in my family to ever work as a line

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