On May 17, several PG&E power line professionals took home honors at the Los Angeles Lineman’s Rodeo in Sun Valley, California. The teams, which were sponsored by PG&E and the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers Local 1245, showcased their skills, dedication to safety and craft pride in a competition against other line workers from throughout the western United States.
The rodeo featured a variety of events including a timed pole climbing competition, the simulated rescue of an injured crewman, a written knowledge assessment for apprentice linemen and other events that showcase the skills and techniques used daily in their jobs. Although competitors are scored on how quickly they finish each event, the event’s top priority is always on safety and doing the job right.
At the event, top honors in the Journeyman Pole Climb competition went to PG&E’s Adam Beene, Anthony Albright and J.P. Richard, who are based in Grass Valley. Two climbers competed, and completed the event in a combined climb of 42 seconds. The Grass Valley team also utilized fall-restraint equipment that protects climbers from falling should they slip. Competitors are not required to wear this equipment, but PG&E workers are, so the team’s achievement demonstrates the company’s commitment to safety.
In the Apprentice Lineman competitions, PG&E General Construction Apprentice Zach Huseby from Templeton took first place with 398 points out of 400 possible on the skills events and also took first place in the written test. For his effort, he was awarded the 1st Place Apprentice Overall trophy. Fresno-based General Construction Apprentice Sean Hunt also completed all four skill events with a perfect score. PG&E apprentices undergo years of intense training to become qualified to perform line work for PG&E’s customers.
The competition in L.A. will help the PG&E teams prepare for the upcoming PG&E and IBEW Local 1245 Rodeo, which will be held at the Livermore Training Facility on Saturday, Aug. 16. From there, the winners will have an opportunity to compete for a shot at the title of world champion at the International Lineman’s Rodeo in Kansas later this year.