I Have Such A Cool Job...

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  1. Torren61

    Torren61 Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I'm sure anyone who cares at all knows I build electric power lines on the West Coast. The wildfires have been bad for years and they not only burn forest but homes and infrastructure. I've worked several fires over the past five years by clearing out the burned up poles and wires and installing all new and safer. I've posted pictures of a lot of fire damage.

    The last events combined for me and I worked 24 consecutive 14 to 17 hour days. I had two days off and then I worked another 14 consecutive days. Then I had to travel to Cupertino,CA to train and assess 70 electrical linemen and apprentices on "hurt man" rescue techniques. I did that yesterday and today.

    There was pole top rescue where the man needs to be lowered to the ground from a position thirty feet in the air on a wooden utility pole.
    There was "hurt man" bucket rescue where you use rope pulleys to lift a man out of the bucket and lower them to the ground.
    There was confined space "hurt man" rescue where you use a portable jib device that has a cable and crank to pull and lift a person from an underground enclosure and lay them onto the ground.
    The final technique was self-rescue from a bucket truck.

    My job today was making sure everyone could bail out of a bucket truck with the aid of a controlled descent device. There were several groups that came for the training and I showed them how to do it so they knew I wasn't asking them to do anything I wasn't willing to do. I max out the bucket truck height when I do it. I'm about 40 feet from the ground.

    I'm 59 and this is me:


     
  2. tubegeek

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    You DO have a cool job!

    Stay safe.
     
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    In what scenario would you end up stuck by yourself in the bucket

    I’m not sure about trucks but On boom lifts and scissor lifts they can still be manually put down from a man on the ground even without power

    Do you guys do work by yourselves like that

    I guess you might as well be prepared for anything
     
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    Stay safe, brother. That’s the lord’s work, but he don’t want to see you yet.
     
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    Obviously, you are not afraid of heights, or high voltages !!!
     
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    Kudos. Linemen are the best. Always working hard to repair our grid while the rest of us whine because we're missing America's Got Talent and why don't they hurry up? Working holidays and weekends and then, this ... Above and beyond. My hat's off to you.
     
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    Very cool. When I was younger I worked a summer in a bucket truck with my cousin. It took me a 1/2 of the summer to get used to it. Reminded me of climbing the rope to the top of the gym in grade school. :D
     
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    You should move to Wichita, I hear there’s a song ...

    Waaay cool!
     
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    Very cool.
     
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    Cool job, Torren61! Watching that video, I'll bet you clang when you walk!
     
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    Thank you for the post...a job which you actually contribute value to the world (especially, those who benefit from what you teach).
     
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    Sweet ! ... Looks like a blast ! fun way to spend an afternoon
     
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    How do I get a job with you? Twenty years ago I was a wildland firefighter and that was a super cool job. I could stand to have another job that was as much fun as chasing smoke, and your job appears to be just that!
     
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    Cool. Not a day goes by without me wishing I had a bucket truck. Seriously.
     
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    QUOTE="gregulator450, post: 10118073, member: 113364"]How do I get a job with you? Twenty years ago I was a wildland firefighter and that was a super cool job. I could stand to have another job that was as much fun as chasing smoke, and your job appears to be just that![/QUOTE]

    Go to Pacific Gas and Electric website and find where jobs are posted and where resumes are taken. They need quality people.
     
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    Lot of overtime for the OP, I bet ..
     
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    !!!!!!

    The people I work for consider a Rescue as Too Expensive.
    They would just leave us be and buy a new machine.
     
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    some carefull safety consideration there, kudos for making it look like fun
     
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    I’m 69 and IME ya got three more good years so keep at it!

    Just kidding! That’s some cool stuff you are doing, thanks for sharing it.
     
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    I'm reticent to post this for fear that it's interpreted as bragging. About an hour after my thread creation, I received a phone call from someone in the organization. My new temporary job is reviewing field reports of compliance inspectors. When someone inspects a pole, they create a "tag". My new job is to look at that tag on a laptop from my home. I correct anything that needs correcting to speed up the process of the tag.

    So, they're paying me to stay home in a pandemic and do work on a laptop for full wage. If it turns out that it isn't working for either of us, I can go back to my old job, which is awesome. I'm the fourth employee down from the head person, who is awesome, in a new program that will not be eliminated.

    My experience (38 years) and opinion matter. It will shape what my job will be. So, i'm in charge of deciding what my job will be...

    And they PAY me for this...
     
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