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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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.
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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Irby Linemen Currently in the Field
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