Learning the art of line clearance

The snarl of chainsaws sounded throughout Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area in southern Illinois during the annual utility line clearance school, hosted by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperative’s (AIEC) safety department May 16-20, 2022.

The school is designed to accommodate both experienced and inexperienced employees who wish to become more proficient in the field of line clearance – right of way management. Participants were taught the newest industry standards and were expected to demonstrate procedures and be competent in their application upon completion.

Training included chainsaw safety and maintenance, storm damage and rigging, basic and advanced climbing, line trimming and electrical hazards, rigging and redirect for felling, herbicide safety and application, and vegetation management. Line clearance experts from across the country instructed participants using scenarios they will encounter on the job.