Marietta Power won an award at the 13th annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo, held in Kissimmee, Fla.
The awards honor lineworkers' expertise, and the events are judged based upon safety, work practices, neatness, ability, equipment handling and speed.
There are two levels of competition within the rodeos -- journeyman and apprentice. The journeyman teams consist of three members -- two climbers and a ground person -- and can include an optional alternate. A qualified journeyman has more than four years of experience within the electric utility trade. An apprentice lineworker has four or fewer years of experience.
Two apprentices – Chris Poston and Jeremy Bassett – competed individually against a total of 80 apprentices from as far away as California, Nebraska and Texas. Poston won third place in the rope toss in the apprentice division.
"Participation in the rodeo is 100 percent voluntary and demonstrates the quality of employees at Marietta Power and Water," electrical director Tom Bell said. "Both lineworkers did well competing against the very best in the country."
More info: Marietta Power, 770-794-5150