OKLAHOMA CITY – A weekend event at OG&E gives Oklahoma a little taste of the Rio Games.
Each year, OG&E hosts the Lineman’s Expo.
“We have teams coming in from our different linemen crews. They’re coming in and competing,” said Kathleen O’Shea with OG&E.
The crews partake in a variety of times activities using their linemen skills.
“They’re going up the pole. They may be replacing a piece of equipment, it may be one of those. It may be a hurt man rescue where they’re actually going up and bringing a dummy down,” O’Shea said.
The event takes place every year.
Although gold metals aren’t handed out, awards are given.
This year, they handed out a very special award.
“We have a 92-year-old retiree from Woodward, Oklahoma. We got him to come down,” said Rick Berg with OG&E.
Years of service celebrated for Noce Evans who put in years and years of commitment to his company and state.
“We just thought it would be a good time to start every year honoring a different retiree,” Berg said.
As the OG&E lineman battle it out each year at the competition, officials said it gives them a chance to show off what the men do each and every day.
“You might think it’s easy to go up a pole, but think about it with steal toed boots. They all have to wear protective clothing, so it’s real heavy clothing. They got huge tool belts they have on. Plus, they have to harness in to climb, so people don’t think about that. It’s their chance to show what they really do, and so that’s why we do it,” O’Shea said.
This was the 27th year for the OG&E Lineman’s Expo.