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Lineman Appreciation Day at the State House

May 03, 2017   By Nicole Aiello in Community

Linemen from across the Palmetto State, including two from Santee Cooper, pose in front of the South Carolina Statehouse on May 2 for Linemen Appreciation Day. The proposed lineworker specialty license plate was also unveiled.

Yesterday, the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia was teeming with lineworkers from around the state as Gov. Henry McMaster proclaimed May 2, 2017, as South Carolina Linemen Appreciation Day.


Linemen representing Santee Cooper, the state’s 20 electric cooperatives, S.C. Electric & Gas Co., and other utilities were on hand to be recognized and shake hands with the governor, and other elected officials.


As part of the ceremony, officials also unveiled a new license plate design. Legislation is currently working its way through the S.C. House and Senate that would authorize the creation of the special license plate, which honors lineworkers statewide. The license plate features the words “Powering the Palmetto State” at the top and, on the left, the outline of a lineworker climbing a utility pole.


I think this is pretty cool---and much deserved. Typically, lineworkers don’t seek out the spotlight. They see a problem and they work hard to fix it in order to keep on the lights, heat pumps, stoves and water heaters for their customers.


They’re climbing to impressive heights while working with electricity. Many times, they are working in harsh conditions like rain storms, freezing temperatures, high humidity and 100 plus degrees to keep you comfortable. At the same time, these lineworkers need to do their jobs safely so they can return to their families.


It’s a difficult job, but it’s a job they love and a job that makes them proud.


So, if your lights go out, think about the men and women working hard to restore your electricity, especially during and after storms like Hurricane Matthew. Believe me, no one wants to see you without power and linemen, along with all utility workers, do what they can to keep the system reliable.


They’re an impressive and dedicated group of men and women, and a group that deserves the recognition they got this week from the governor, senators and state representatives.  So, the next time you see a lineworker, tell them “thank you.” I’m sure they’d love to hear from you.