Columbus -- American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) hosted electric lineworkers from member utilities in three states for the 2016 AMP Lineworkers Rodeo. The event took place Aug. 27.

Three lineworkers from Cuyahoga Falls Electric System -- William Houser, Blake Caporaletti and Robert Bye Jr. -- competed in the event and received several awards.

More than 40 lineworkers competed in the rodeo, which featured three levels of competition: team, individual and apprentice. The events were designed to replicate actual lineworker tasks and to test skills needed on a daily basis. Events were judged based upon safety, work practices, neatness, ability, equipment handling and timely event completion.

"The AMP Lineworker Rodeo mirrors the event held annually on a national level by the American Public Power Association (APPA)," said AMP Assistant Vice President of Technical Services Michelle Palmer. "Lineworkers represent the heart and soul of our industry, working daily to maintain the system and responding when outages do occur. The role they play is extremely important. While this was a competition, it was really an acknowledgement of the commitment and professionalism of the men and women who keep the lights on in AMP member communities."

Houser received the Third Place Overall award in the Journeyman Individual Competition, placing third in Obstacle Course, Crossarm Relocation, Two Bell Change Out and 12 kV Arrester Change Out.

Caporaletti placed second in Hurtman Rescue and Obstacle Course.


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