Lauwers resolution recognizes the important contributions of lineworkers

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday adopted a resolution introduced by Sen. Dan Lauwers honoring lineworkers for the critical work they do constructing and maintaining America’s energy infrastructure.

Senate Resolution 37 recognizes April 18, 2019, as Lineworker Appreciation Day.

“There are over 115,000 highly trained and skilled lineworkers in the United States, servicing 9 million miles of wire,” said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. “It is important for our state to recognize and express our appreciation to these brave and dedicated men and women who put their lives at risk to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of power to our communities.”

SR 37 acknowledges the lineworker profession has existed for as long as electricity has been a standard part of modern living, and that these men and women work under dangerous conditions, often in and around roadways.

“Lineworkers are often the first responders during catastrophic events, making sure the scene is safe and working around the clock to restore power after a storm emergency,” Lauwers said. “The Michigan Legislature has passed several public acts to require drivers to drive safely in work zones and provide penalties for those who do not respect these work zones.

“It is my hope that Lineworker Appreciation Day will raise awareness of the importance of these vital members of our community and the need for us all to make their job as safe as we can.”