National Lineworker Appreciation Day is celebrated each year on July 10, and honors the life and work of Henry Miller, the first president of International Brotherhood of Electric Workers (IBEW), who was killed while working. People are invited to show their appreciation for line workers on social media by using: #ThankALineworker.
Like thousands of line workers across the nation, Indiana Michigan Power’s (I&M) line mechanics have valuable skills and work in a difficult profession. In addition to the job site challenges, such as climbing poles, wearing heavy protective equipment and working near energized power lines, they are on call 24/7 and in all kinds of weather all to deliver safe and reliable power to I&M’s customers. Their jobs require a high-degree of skill, whether operating a bucket truck, repairing lines, completing other activities to restore service for I&M customers, or when called upon during emergencies to assist customers of electric utilities in other states.
I&M maintains more than 25,000 miles of power lines, enough to wrap around the world. The company employs nearly 500 electrical workers and contractors who support its 24-county service area in Indiana and 6-county area in Michigan, which consists of more than 4,500 square miles and 164 communities. I&M’s electrical workers are responsible for maintaining the energy grid around the clock, 365 days a year.