The South Carolina Association of Municipal Power Systems held its annual lineman training sessions in April. Fifteen of the 21 member-utilities attended the training, and eight utilities competed in events, such as the crossarm changeout, knot tying, hurtman rescue, speed climbing and others. The events are timed and judged on how well participants follow proper procedures.
"Through this competition, we are promoting safe work habits and proper procedures," said Eric Budds, deputy executive director for the Municipal Association.
"This also supports one of SCAMPS' core missions of providing mutual aid during times of disaster. The linemen have a chance to get to know one another before they have to work together under post-emergency conditions."
On the first day, the Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities won the speed climbing event, the Greenwood Commissioners of Public Works won second place, and the Greer Commission of Public Works won second place in knot tying. Linemen for Easley Combined Utilities won the remaining events during the two days of competitions.