Empowering Communities

From freezing snow to blazing heat, lineworkers suit up to serve our communities

July 8, 2022

In the rain, snow, or blazing heat, ComEd lineworkers are always ready to suit up and support our grid and communities.

It’s no secret that some of the hardest days in a lineworker’s job are spent restoring power during severe weather, but we can’t underestimate the physical endurance these crews need throughout the year—especially during the scorching summer heat. This week, line crews restored power to over 83,000 customers despite the severe heat and humidity.

In honor of National Lineworker Appreciation Day on July 10, we are proud to highlight our crews’ commitment to safety and service by showcasing some of the personal protection equipment (PPE) crews wear while working on powerlines to help improve our grid reliability and keep the power on in our communities.

When speaking about her role and the recent heat waves we have experienced, Andrea Simmons, ComEd Overhead Electrician, acknowledged that this summer has been her hottest yet while working on the ComEd overhead team. But Simmons says the heat is worth it. “There’s something about what we do. It’s not only for ourselves and our families. Our job is to provide for the community, and we take great joy in that.”

The ComEd line crews play a critical role in the daily lives of power users throughout northern Illinois. On behalf of everyone at ComEd, thank you to our line crews and lineworkers around the country for the lengths you go to support the grid.