5th Graders Learn About Electric Safety

Lamar Electric Cooperative visited Bailey Intermediate school last week to teach 5th grade students about electrical safety. “Our safety demonstration creates real life scenarios to display the importance of electrical safety.” stated Lamar Electric Communications Director, Katie Morris. “We call our display Safety Town and we have power lines, a home, a school bus and more to demonstrate what can happen if power lines fall or if a conductor of any kind comes in contact with the power lines. Most importantly, we discussed how to be safe around electricity with the students.” The students recently learned about circuits, conductors and insulators in their science classes. Bailey students tried on the lineman’s thick rubber gloves and attempted to pick up pencils. A lineman’s job is one of the top ten most dangerous jobs in America. These students were able to get a small glimpse into what makes electricity so dangerous and received tips from Lamar Electric as to how to play it safe around electricity.


Linemen Train for Pole Top Rescue

Recently Lamar Electric Cooperative did pole top and bucket rescue training. This training is done to prepare linemen to rescue a person who has been shocked while at the top of a pole or when in a bucket. Linemen practiced their rescue using a 175 pound dummy at the Lamar Electric substation in Reno. The electric cooperative’s goal is to have all of the linemen trained to do a rescue and take an injured individual down from a pole as quickly as possible so their fellow employees can begin CPR or administering first aid immediately before medical professionals arrive. Linemen work with David Roberts, Linemen, simulating a pole top rescuethousands of volts of electricity high atop power lines 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to keep electricity flowing. Linemen are often first responders during storms and other catastrophic events, working to make the scene safe for other public safety heroes. In the unlikely event that a lineman is on a pole or in the bucket of a bucket truck and has a major medical emergency (such as an electrical shock) his fellow linemen are the first responders. According to Lamar Electric Director of Communications, Katie Morris, it is not a part of their typical day to rescue a man from the top of a pole or a bucket, however it is vital that they keep the rescue procedures fresh on their mind just in case. Scott Corely, a loss control specialist for Texas Electric Cooperative, assisted Lamar Electric with the training. “This is not a new training for most of these linemen. The majority of these guys are experienced and have been through this training a number of times” said Corley. “This is something we train for and hope we never have to use. This training provides the steps required to keep an injured man and the rescuer safe.” The linemen’s objective is to complete the rescue under four minutes in order to avoid any brain damage due to lack of

Linemen, Jay Henry, training for a pole top rescue

oxygen to the injured individual. All of Lamar Electric’s linemen completed a rescue in 2 minutes and 53 seconds or less. Lamar Electric Line Superintendent, Scott Sansom states, “In the 27 years that I’ve been at Lamar Electric we have not had to do a rescue like this. I hope we can go another 27 years without an incident.” In addition to being trained for pole top or bucket rescue, all Lamar Electric linemen are trained in first aid, CPR and AED use.­­­­­