Blue Grass Energy’s Linemen Rodeo Team brought home high scores from the Gaff-N-Go Rodeo in Virginia last week and was named overall journeyman team winners. The rodeo is an opportunity for linemen to test their technical skills as they perform a variety of tasks.
The team of Brad Wiglesworth (Cynthiana District), Eugene Neeley (Richmond District) and Miles Shumaker (Richmond District) took first place as overall journeyman team winners. They brought home first place in two events –CPR/AED and fuse replacement, and placed second in OCR change out. The team also placed third in the hurt-man rescue event and the skills climb event. Chris Johnson (Cynthiana District) placed third in the apprentice CPR/AED event.
The Gaff-N-Go competition takes place 40 feet about ground on a course of utility poles, where linemen perform a variety of timed and scored events. While competing teams are judged on the length of time it takes to complete a task, the most important part is whether the task was performed according to safe and efficient work practices.
Teams from Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland and South Carolina competed in the Gaff-N-Go rodeo, which refers to the “gaff” or metal spikes attached to linemen’s boots for climbing wooden utility poles.
Nineteen teams consisting of three linemen competed in this year’s event, along with 35 apprentices.