Though April 18 is officially National Lineman Appreciation Day, IREA is celebrating the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of its line workers all month long with “Line Worker Appreciation Month.” Through the end of April, IREA will spotlight some of its dedicated line workers on social media and encourage its customers to take a minute to thank a line worker this month.
IREA employs 45 dedicated line workers who work in challenging environments throughout our 5,000-mile service territory. From the rugged Rocky Mountain terrain in Bailey, Como and Woodland Park to driving ground blizzards on the eastern plains in Deer Trail, Bennett and Elizabeth, IREA’s line workers always show up ready to work and do what needs to be done to keep our members plugged in.
“IREA’s line workers are absolutely vital to the service we provide,” IREA Chief Executive Officer Jeff Baudier said. “When the worst happens, these are the people we call to make things right. Their work ethic, reliability and strength are at the core of the value IREA provides to its members.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics ranks electrical line work as one of the 10 most dangerous professions in the United States. Approximately 115,000 men and women serve as line workers.
Those who wish to honor line workers and their families are encouraged to use the hashtag #ThankALineWorker on social media. Thank-you notes can also be sent to MemberContact@CORE.coop.