Tell me about the secret lives of utility workers.
November 1, 2011 9:27 AM Subscribe
What is it like to work on a tree/line crew restoring power after a big storm?
posted by mskyle to work & money (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
So, my electricity has been out for the past couple of days while tree and line crews attempt to restore power after a freak snowstorm, and I expect it may be out for a few days more. I see these crews all over the place and they appear to be working hard, and I've heard on the radio and such that crews from all over the eastern U.S. have been called in to help.
Since these folks are playing such an important role in my life right now, I've become really curious about what their lives and work are like (both the locals and the visiting out-of-state folks). If I felt like distracting them from their important work (I REALLY DON'T) here are some of the things I would like to ask them (or you, if you've done this work or are otherwise familiar with it):
- What hours do do people on a line crew work, and how long are the shifts?
- If you're not local, where do you stay while you're working? (Especially given that many area hotels are either without power themselves or filling up with people who are fed up with living without electricity, hot water, and/or heat.)
- What's it like working for the electric company the rest of the time, when there's no emergency on? Do you do the same kind of work, just in a less-urgent way, or is it different kinds of stuff?