While “rodeo” implies competition based on speed and skill, safe work is the number one priority, says KUA manager of communications Chris Gent. “These linemen take their jobs very seriously,” said
KUA’s two crews participated in a series of 5 events; 4 events were known in advance and the fifth was a mystery event that was revealed at the start of the competition. Two of the most popular events were the hurt man rescue and the pole climb. In the first, a 200-pound mannequin, simulating an injured lineman, was “rescued” from the top of a 40-foot pole. “This is one situation a lineman hopes he never encounters on the job,”
The pole climb event attracted crowds of onlookers who watched the linemen climb up and then down a pole — without breaking the raw egg they were carrying in their mouths. “You can get egg on your face, literally, in this event,”
KUA received the first place trophy in the mystery event which involved overhead line construction.
KUA’s two teams consisted of the following employees: Jamie Boswell, Ben DeMoss, Aaron Haderle, Leo Hauser, Virgil Minshew, Paul Therriault, Bruce Thompson, and Joe Watson.
Contact: Chris Gent, Manager of Communications
(407) 933-7777 ext. 1116