OUC Lineworkers Win Best Ranking in Nation
Publication Date: 4/24/2007
Team Captures Top Spot in Municipal Lineworkers’ Rodeo in Georgia
ORLANDO – In a competition that measures skill, speed and safety, lineworkers from OUC-The Reliable One bested 58 teams from across the country to take home the top prize at the American Public Power Association’s Seventh Annual Lineworkers’ Rodeo Competition in Marietta, Ga.
A three-man OUC team of James Alexander, Richard Boley and Chris Hosier recorded the best overall score to win the event’s prestigious “Top Journeyman Award.” OUC General Manger and CEO Ken Ksionek said the award is a testament to OUC lineworkers’ ability to work safely and efficiently.
“A perfect score means that they demonstrated the highest level of skill with a perfect safety score, all the while working against the clock,” Ksionek said. “Our lineworkers perform physically demanding work in all kinds of inclement weather, and this award proves their skill and dedication are the best in the nation."
The trio also won a first place trophy in the Journeyman: Insulator Change Out event and took third place in the Journeyman: Recloser Change Out event. A qualified journeyman is generally the highest level of craft training in the electric utility trade.
The rodeo is a series of competitive events demonstrating the safe work practices lineworkers must carry out at their utilities. A team consists of two climbers and a ground person.
In addition to helping keep OUC’s electric system the most reliable in the Southeast, these training events help hone skills that serve as the best line of defense against preventing accidents and saving lives.
Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to more than 196,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.The American Public Power Association is the national organization representing the nation’s more than 2,000 community- and state-owned utilities.
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