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Monday, October 31, 2011

Aerial Bucket Truck Workers Brave the Storms!

When storms strike, people are cautioned to remain inside their homes for safety reasons. While most people are safe inside their homes, other brave workers are out in the dangerous weather, doing the job they were trained to do with an aerial bucket truck; they are immediately able to counter the damage caused by ravaging weather occurrences. These courageous workers are always ready for emergency situations, especially during the storm season, so that local residents affected by strong weather are able to remain safely inside their homes, assured by the knowledge that any power outage will soon be restored. In addition, rescue workers or volunteers remain in the affected area to help those who may need emergency services and brave the many hazards that the storm created and any dangers it may still be creating.

Aerial Bucket Truck - Workers Full Time Partner

The industries that are most affected after a storm are the electric and telecommunication services. Downed transmission and telecommunication lines, uprooted and broken utility poles and severed utility wires are the most common scenarios during and after severe weather. The services of these two industries are important to everyone; however, for some people the loss of these services due to a severe storm could put their lives at risk. This is the reason why the restoration of these utilities is extremely important in any area that is recovering from severe storm damage and restoring utility service should have the highest priority by utility service personnel. In order to restore connections as quickly as possible, utility workers must utilize aerial bucket trucks so the repairs can be done promptly. It would be extremely difficult to restore power and telecommunication service to an affected area without the use of this versatile vehicle; therefore, these workers make it their full-time partner.


When severe weather causes vast destruction to the area it has hit, there is a higher possibility of injuries to the workers restoring damaged power lines. One very dangerous and deadly injury is electrocution; however, through the use of aerial bucket trucks, the risk for this injury is kept to a minimum. The three main benefits of using a bucket truck to repair damaged power lines are safety, maneuverability, and adaptability.

Safety - Electrocution has been clearly identified as a problem that is commonly associated with the repair of power lines after a storm. This is primarily due to the possibility of the presence of live electrical wires in the affected area. For this reason, linemen who are sent to repair the damaged power lines use a bucket truck equipped with high insulating material to protect them from electrical shock in the event the knuckle boom accidentally touches the live wires. In addition, when working close to electric lines, the vehicle must be grounded to heighten the degree of protection.
Flexibility - When the storm season arrives, utility service personnel travel back and forth to various severe weather-prone areas. They make important assessments both before and after a disaster strikes. Since frequent transportation is required for these workers, it is imperative to deploy a flexible and maneuverable piece of equipment that is able to counter the impact of a sudden storm. The bucket truck is made of high tensile steel, can travel on various terrains, and is able to travel at good road speeds in order to reach the damaged area in the shortest possible time.
Adaptability - Other than transmission and electric power lines, there are many other things this vehicle can do to aid in the recovery such as broken transformers, street lights, signs, and branches. For any aerial activities that must be performed in the aftermath, this versatile vehicle can be an all-around, heavy-duty machine, capable of any post-storm restoration.

It is important to remember that during the storm season, many brave workers risk their lives to respond to such an emergency. Utility workers provide the emergency rescue necessary for the recovery of the storm-stricken area and the bucket truck allows this work to be done much more rapidly. The safety, flexibility, and adaptability of this powerful machine helps the workers brave the storms!

Christopher M. Hunter is an expert in commercial specialty trucks. Click here to find out more about Aerial Bucket Trucks.

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