HOUSTON, TX – July 27, 2016 – CenterPoint Energy linemen teams made an impressive showing at the 20th Annual Texas Lineman’s Rodeo recently held in Sequin, Texas, bringing home a total of seven awards. The event offered the state’s linemen an opportunity to compete against each other in a friendly competition, and showcase their pride in their profession.
At the Rodeo, Shawn Wassgren of CenterPoint Energy’s Cypress Service Center won first place in the apprentice written test category and first place for overall apprentice; Clint King of Cypress Service Center, and Brandon Rustin and Patrick Huff of Spring Branch Service Center placed first overall in the Investor Owned Utilities (IOU) Division.
“Our crews maintain safety and use difficult technical skills every day at work,” said Ed Scott, regional operations director for CenterPoint Energy. “Their proficiency in these areas helped them do well and receive the recognition they deserve for their skills.”
The Lineman’s Rodeo includes competitive events like the hurt man rescue and the pole climb, which are graded on safety and proficiency. In the hurt man rescue, a 150-pound mannequin, simulating an injured coworker, is "rescued" from the top of a 40-foot pole. The pole climb is a timed event and tests the skills of a lineman by having him/her climb up then climb down a pole without breaking a raw egg that is carried in his/her mouth.
Additional CenterPoint Energy teams and individuals receiving awards included:
- Brandon Rustin of Spring Branch Service Center placed second place for individual pole climb,
- Clint King of Cypress Service Center, and Brandon Rustin and Patrick Huff of Spring Branch Service Center who placed second in the Journeyman Pole Climb,
- Mykel Sparacino of Spring Branch Service Center, Chad Albert of Cypress Service Center and Chris Sandoval of H. O. Clarke Service Center, who placed second overall in the IOU Division and
- Marcus Schexnayder of Spring Branch Service Center, Matt Sanders of H. O. Clarke Service Center and Brad Wagner of South Houston Service Center, who placed third overall in the IOU Division.
In October, the company teams will compete at the International Lineman’s Rodeo in Bonner Springs, Kansas.