National Lineman Appreciation Day

On April 18th we honored the hard work, innovation, grit and dedication of electrical lineworkers. They are a brotherhood and a family. Essential to the work we do, they are always appreciated!

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History

The story of the linemen that built out our nation’s electric power system is a tough one. They faced terrible weather, endured long hours and worked around the dangers of energized powerlines. They didn’t have the safety and efficiencies modern technologies and equipment provide. The original builders or our power system have been called the “unsung heroes” of the country’s progress. These men, were also Irby linemen. Since the birth of our industry Irby linemen have been “going the extra mile” and taking power to new places.

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Hot Sticking began

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Barehanding began

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Rubber Gloving started

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Irby Family of Linemen

The Irby Linemen of today are the core of the Irby family. In some cases, they are family. Cousins or brothers, if not by name, they are bound by the brotherhood of their work and their mission to keep each other safe. They begin each day with a commitment to go home safe each night. Nonetheless, the job is a tall order and there is risk involved. So we must not only appreciate the linemen themselves but also their families for supporting them in their work to build and maintain power lines.

Storm Chasers

Linemen are never more appreciated than when they restore the normalcy of power following a major storm. When crews wrapped up work in Texas following Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma made landfall. Less than one month after Harvey, but after that same amount of time on the job restoring power, Irby crews packed their bags and headed for Florida rather than heading home. More than 300 of Irby Linemen performed storm work this past hurricane season. Many of which worked the two major storms, logging more than 114,000 hours collectively under their tool belts.

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Safety is huge, especially in this line of work

“I went to school to do Distribution, but they told me that the money is in Transmission. I asked my teachers if they know any good companies and they told me Irby was the safest, best way to go.”

– Colt Lindsey, Irby Construction Apprentice

Here's to all that you do!

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Bill Korlath wrote on April 18, 2018 at 10:42 pm:
Cheers to all the men and women in this noble profession. You are counted on to do the nearly impossible. When folks run from storms, you run towards them, when the weather or terrain seems impossible to navigate, no one gives up; with proper planning and commitment to safety, there is nothing that cannot be done. I worked for Irby Construction for 45 years and I was proud of the company that I worked for and the fine folks I worked with everyday. Reputations are earned not given. A company is only as good as its employees; there is no wonder why Irby is considered the best. I salute everyone of you for everything you do, day in and day... Read more
Cheers to all the men and women in this noble profession. You are counted on to do the nearly impossible. When folks run from storms, you run towards them, when the weather or terrain seems impossible to navigate, no one gives up; with proper planning and commitment to safety, there is nothing that cannot be done. I worked for Irby Construction for 45 years and I was proud of the company that I worked for and the fine folks I worked with everyday. Reputations are earned not given. A company is only as good as its employees; there is no wonder why Irby is considered the best. I salute everyone of you for everything you do, day in and day out! You all make a difference. Thank You
Hope Chisholm wrote on April 18, 2018 at 9:57 pm:
Thank you linemen and linewomen for all yall do. As a Linewife married to Jeffery Chisholm. OUR families appreciate everything yall do.Always know everyone of yall is in our prayers. So again we thank you. BE SAFE, YOU ARE YOUR BROTHERS KEEPER.
Thank you linemen and linewomen for all yall do. As a Linewife married to Jeffery Chisholm. OUR families appreciate everything yall do.Always know everyone of yall is in our prayers. So again we thank you. BE SAFE, YOU ARE YOUR BROTHERS KEEPER.
Sue Howell wrote on April 18, 2018 at 5:30 pm:
Linemen and women everywhere: I'd like to extend my thanks to all of you for the tremendous jobs you do. In the worst of conditions y'all never fail us. You're always there when needed despite rain, snow, sweltering temperatures, and freezing cold. You're the reason our lights come on. You're the reason our food doesn't spoil. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do. YOU PEOPLE JUST ROCK !!!
Linemen and women everywhere: I'd like to extend my thanks to all of you for the tremendous jobs you do. In the worst of conditions y'all never fail us. You're always there when needed despite rain, snow, sweltering temperatures, and freezing cold. You're the reason our lights come on. You're the reason our food doesn't spoil. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do. YOU PEOPLE JUST ROCK !!!
Amanda Lott wrote on April 18, 2018 at 2:57 pm:
Thanks for all that you do everyday. Stay safe and keep up the great work. We value each and every employee at Irby and want to make sure you know it.
Thanks for all that you do everyday. Stay safe and keep up the great work. We value each and every employee at Irby and want to make sure you know it.
Tiffany Concklin wrote on April 18, 2018 at 2:49 pm:
My son is 19 years old and just graduated in March from Northwest Lineman College in California. When we toured the college he knew without a doubt that this was the line of work he was made to do. With a lot of hard work, he graduated at the top of his class and hopes to start an apprenticeship as soon as possible. I have so much excitement for his future as I learn more and more about this industry. What a joy to explore your website this morning and realize its National Lineman Apprecaiton Day! THANK YOU for service!! THANK YOU for the safety measures you take as a company to protect our Lineman and bring them home safe... Read more
My son is 19 years old and just graduated in March from Northwest Lineman College in California. When we toured the college he knew without a doubt that this was the line of work he was made to do. With a lot of hard work, he graduated at the top of his class and hopes to start an apprenticeship as soon as possible. I have so much excitement for his future as I learn more and more about this industry. What a joy to explore your website this morning and realize its National Lineman Apprecaiton Day! THANK YOU for service!! THANK YOU for the safety measures you take as a company to protect our Lineman and bring them home safe to their families. As his mom, I hope he gets the opportunity with your company.
Kelsey Smith wrote on April 18, 2018 at 2:42 pm:
All of us from Houston thank you! Happy Lineman Day!
All of us from Houston thank you! Happy Lineman Day!
Erika Waters wrote on April 18, 2018 at 2:38 pm:
Thanks for all you do every day!!!
Thanks for all you do every day!!!
Desiree wrote on April 18, 2018 at 2:33 pm:
Today, we appreciate the professionals in an incredibly dangerous but necessary profession. Thank you to the men and women who often work in challenging conditions to keep the lights on. Usually, lineman are only thought of when the power is out, but today we are reminded to #thankalineman. I would personally like to thank my brother, Travis Martin. He is a lineman on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and I could not be more proud of him!
Today, we appreciate the professionals in an incredibly dangerous but necessary profession. Thank you to the men and women who often work in challenging conditions to keep the lights on. Usually, lineman are only thought of when the power is out, but today we are reminded to #thankalineman. I would personally like to thank my brother, Travis Martin. He is a lineman on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and I could not be more proud of him!
Sara Rogers wrote on April 18, 2018 at 1:48 pm:
Thanks for all that you do!
Thanks for all that you do!
Zach Chisholm wrote on April 18, 2018 at 1:25 pm:
Thanks to all the hard working linemen and linewoman the world would be a dark place with out you.
Thanks to all the hard working linemen and linewoman the world would be a dark place with out you.
Catherine wrote on April 18, 2018 at 1:16 pm:
Thank you all for all that you do!
Thank you all for all that you do!
Andre Foster wrote on April 18, 2018 at 1:12 pm:
Special thank you to all of our lineman at Irby and across the industry.
Special thank you to all of our lineman at Irby and across the industry.
Lisa wrote on April 18, 2018 at 12:58 pm:
You folks are the best. Proud of you all!!!
You folks are the best. Proud of you all!!!
Katie wrote on April 16, 2018 at 8:51 pm:
You guys are awesome! Thank you!
You guys are awesome! Thank you!