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A different kind of March Madness

March 16, 2016   By Kevin F. Langston in Safety

Photo by Jim Huff/Santee Cooper

You might've heard about a pretty big tournament happening this week where competitors from all over will be looking to prove themselves on a massive stage before adoring fans and awed onlookers.

It's known as the Santee Cooper Lineworkers' Rodeo (What, not the tournament you were thinking of?), and it takes place this Saturday at Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner. We enthusiastically invite the public to come watch line technicians representing Santee Cooper and seven of South Carolina's electric cooperatives as they compete in a course of events designed to test their skills in a fun and safe environment.

The 19th annual Santee Cooper Lineworkers' Rodeo begins at 8 a.m. with a unique flag-raising ceremony, and admission is free.

It's a generally agreed upon fact that electric lineworkers are the rock stars of our business, and bragging rights will surely be on the line Saturday. But the Santee Cooper Lineworkers' Rodeo builds... Continue Reading >>

Giddy-up for the Santee Cooper Lineworker's Rodeo

April 22, 2015   By Kevin F. Langston in Safety
The Santee Cooper Lineworker’s Rodeo returns for its 18th year this Saturday at Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner. The public is invited to attend and cheer on these professionals as they tackle a series of challenges designed to test their skills and training.

Bragging rights are on the line, of course, but the rodeo also underscores the importance of safety and teamwork in a profession that can be dangerous and demanding.

Few things breed camaraderie like a friendly competition, and that's something else the rodeo reinforces. This year, there are 34 apprentices and nine journeyman teams registered to participate. Santee Cooper will compete alongside the electric co-ops of Berkeley , Blue Ridge , Coastal , Horry , Palmetto and York .

The individual apprentices will complete a written test and also compete in knot tying, the hurt-man rescue, the conductor tie-in, and the transformer hookup. Meanwhile, the three-person... Continue Reading >>

Spring is here. Can you dig it?

April 01, 2015   By Nicole Aiello in Safety
Spring is in the air, literally. It's dusting porches and making cars look like they have a fluorescent sheen to them. Although I'm not a huge fan of pollen — just ask my allergist — I am a huge fan of spring and of landscaping my yard with beautifully hued flowers and tropical plants.

Planting for me is about the end product and getting to sit back on a sunny day to admire the view with a cold glass of lemonade. The process of planting, though, can sometimes lead to trouble. Running into roots and pulling out trees, and sneezing the whole time when doing it, are minor distractions compared to what could happen.

We may not think about it much, but many of us have utility lines buried in our yards, silently lurking and working under the turf. Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy to have them there. But one wrong clip with a shovel, and there could be trouble.

To stay safe while digging, anyone planning to plant should contact... Continue Reading >>