Cobb EMC linemen win big

Cobb EMC linemen win big

Cobb EMC linemen took top honors at the 23rd Annual Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo where they competed against more than 200 utility linemen from across the state. The day-long competition, held May 6 at Camp John Hope in Fort Valley, Georgia, is designed to improve safety training, which is critical in an industry where safe work practices can mean the difference between life and death. 

Utilities compete in one of two divisions: electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) and municipal power companies. During events, linemen competed as journeymen teams, which are comprised of three linemen and a coach, or individually as apprentices. 

Cobb EMC received the following awards at the 2017 Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo:

  • 1st place in Journeyman Overall (Scotty Lyons, 1st class lineman – step 2; Jeremy Norment, 1st class lineman – step 2; Josh Poston, 1st class lineman – step 2; coach Keith McCart, line foreman)
  • 1st place in Journeyman Overall – EMC division (Lyons, Norment, Poston, McCart)
  • 1st place in Journeyman Mystery Event #2 (Lyons, Norment, Poston, McCart)
  • 1st place in Apprentice Switch Relocation (Dalton Cuthbertson, lineman – step 3)
  • 1st place in Apprentice Mystery Event #1 (Cuthbertson)
  • 1st place in Apprentice Mystery Event #2 (Cuthbertson)
  • 2nd place in Journeyman Mystery Event #2 (Aaron Willmert, 1st class lineman – step 2; Ian Hansman, 1st class lineman – step 2; Jeremy McBrayer, 1st class lineman – step 2; coach Wesley Postell, line foreman)
  • 2nd place in Apprentice Hurtman Rescue (Cuthbertson)
  • 3rd place in Journeyman Mystery Event #1 (Lyons, Norment, Poston, McCart)
  • 3rd place in Journeyman Hurtman Rescue (Lyons, Norment, Poston, Keith McCart)
  • 3rd place in Journeyman Transformer Change Out (Lyons, Norment, Poston, McCart)
  • 3rd place in Apprentice Hurtman Rescue (Clayton Patterson, lineman – step 3)
  • 3rd place in Apprentice Switch Relocation (Tyler Dilbeck, lineman – step 4)
  • 3rd place in Apprentice Mystery Event #1 (Dilbeck)
  • 4th place in Journeyman – Overall (Willmert, Hansman, McBrayer, Postell)
  • 5th place in Apprentice – Overall (Dilbeck)

The Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo is one of the many safety practices encouraged by Cobb EMC. Others include spot inspections and routine safety trainings for all employees. 

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