Life on the Line

Posted by Nick Schiltz on June 27


You think your job is dangerous? This lineman was working on a live power line nearby and the only way to access it above the harsh terrain was via helicopter. Adrenaline Junkies; don't try this at home!

Helicopter linemen repair power and utility lines by working from helicopters in areas that cannot be accessed using trucks or cranes. It's one of the toughest, most dangerous jobs in the utility industry. Live-line helicopter crews fix and maintain transmission lines and towers from upwards of 150 feet off the ground. 

As long as they don't create a pathway from the power line to an area of lower energy they're safeIn order to do that, they have to energize the helicopter to the same voltage as the line.

Where electric demand is so high that utility companies can't take major transmission lines out of commission for maintenance and repair; instead of wheeling out a crane and bucket, workers will save an abundance of time by flying up to the affected cable in a helicopter and work on the line while it's still live. This video demonstrates that process:

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