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Without linemen, the power doesn't stay on

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Linemen who keep our electricity flowing don't often get a lot of credit for their work. But this is Lineman Appreciation week, and we have a look at their dangerous jobs.

Georgia Power says you probably don't think about their linemen, until your power goes out. And that is usually when the weather is at its worst.

Georgia Power lineman Daniel Crawford is installing a hang arm on a 40 foot tall power pole. Right away you learn something surprising about Crawford.

Crawford said he is "Scared to death of heights. But yes, you get used to it."

Crawford, like the 1,100 men and women on line crews, work with high power lines, from 7200 volts to 14,000 high in the air. "We do work hard. Middle of the night. Two o-clock in the morning. When your power is out, we're the ones who have to go out and fix them," Crawford said.

And usually when they are called is when the weather is worst.

Georgia Power Distribution Supervisor Ralph Justice said "The lightning, thunder, the rain, snow. I mean they work in all of it. Just to serve each customer."

Crawford has worked disasters from Katrina, to Super Storm Sandy, to the ice storm in Atlanta, going on the road to restore sometimes entire electrical systems.

"Broken poles everywhere. Some of the worst conditions you can think of. And these people are out of power, like I said, 2 or 3 weeks at a time. You know we're trying to put them on as soon as we can, as safe as we can," Crawford said.

You probably never think about these linemen, until your power goes out. That's when you should appreciate knowing that someone like Daniel Crawford is on his way to help.

Georgia Power has set up a digital thank you card for everyone to be able to say thanks to their linemen, CLICK HERE.



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