Electric Heroes

By: Ali Gorman
By: Ali Gorman

Sunday night's storm blew down trees and power lines. And while most people took shelter inside, for linemen working to restore electricity, the storm meant they'd have a long night.

Three crews were called in to restore power to thousands of mid-Michigan homes. And as one crew was working, they reached out to the line and a loud explosion followed. No one was hurt in the incident and BWL is still investigating the cause of the explosion.

Still the incident is just one reminder of the dangers of a lineman's job. Not only do they risk electric shock, but they risk falling from high utility poles and they risk getting hit by a car while working so closely to moving traffic.

Linemen say heavy rain and wind may present an even more dangerous situation.

It used to be one in four linemen were killed, but with new tools, protective equipment and education, that number has dropped. Still linemen know they have to be aware of their environment at all times because one mistake could be their last.

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