I was in the shop listening to country music on the local radio station, when the roar of the lawnmower became deafening. I wondered what Sandy was doing, revving up the riding mower to such levels. Did she manage to supercharge the 24-HP engine? Dee-O-Gee the pooch became restless as the roar started once more. Now I had to check out things.
To the South of the property I saw the following – four workers on the huge transmission line:
The roar was caused by this machine, bringing replacement fiberglass slings to the workers (part of regular transmission line maintenance); notice that the man at the outermost position catches the sling first, and anchors it to the support beam:
The pilot then re-positions, such that the second man catches the other end of the sling:
I enlarged a portion of the second photo above, to show in more detail this part of the operation:
I have fear of heights. As a result, I find it totally incomprehensible how anyone can do the following trick, after removing their own safety slings, to be able to maneuver into the safety of the chopper:
Just watching these brave men gave me vertigo. I tried my best to avoid thinking “height” and “altitude”. Even now, 6 hours later and writing the draft for this blog entry, I still shudder at the thought of these guys at this working height. All I can say is “Bravo!” for being so tough and hardy. All the crackers in the world would not keep me from getting sick doing this job.
Note: In case you are wondering, the helicopter company is AIR2, LLC. It is a national, helicopter-assisted power transmission line contractor. I found this information on the Internet, based on the logo on the side of the chopper.
— Al Navas