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Learning to be line workers

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RUTLAND, Vt. -

Green Mountain Power had the help wanted sign out. And the utility just hired more than a dozen new line workers out of 213 applicants.

Line work keeps the lights on. So those new workers need to learn the tricks of the trade and how to do it safely. Photographer Andy Goodrich caught up with them for some on-the-job training.

"Well, we started here 30 days ago, none of us really knew how to climb poles or anything. We're all pretty much green what you'd say," worker Colin Floyd said. "Once we got the basics of climbing down and the equipment and some of the tools, some of the material, we actually went out on the job and a slower pace and worked with the instructor pole by pole and hung some equipment and ran some wire and got to know the basics of the job."

"So we've actually filled 22 line worker positions; 12 of them were to backfill some positions that have opened up because we had some crew members retire. And we've hired 10 additional line workers to both improve our storm response and also work on our capital program," said Greg White of Green Mountain Power.

Friday, those GMP linemen will begin working in their assigned districts. They will stay there for the next several years until they are fully trained as journeyman lineman, doing everything from setting poles to hooking up new customers.

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