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NV Energy crews

NV Energy crews in southern Nevada use a trusty chain saw to carefully remove a portion of a pole that caught fire after a light rain enabled electricity to arc across an insulator.

Labor-Saving Tools Fuel Productivity

Electric utilities equip their field workforce with innovative tools and equipment to increase efficiency and minimize injuries.

Waves of journeymen are retiring from the electric utility industry, and today’s linemen are challenged by shrinking crew sizes and a heavier workload. To meet these challenges head on, utilities are not only recruiting the next generation of linemen, but they are also investing in technology to improve productivity, safety and reliability.

“Linemen are looking for tools that make their lives easier,” said John West, manager of line construction and maintenance for NV Energy

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