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Linemen use helicopter training to stay safe

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- The job of a power line worker is to make sure electricity comes into your home. But with such a dangerous job, workers are learning new skills to stay safe.

Linemen learn how to properly hook and secure an injured co-worker into a safety harness until rescuers arrive.

The training is a first for Bonneville Power Administration workers. It's called "Long line short haul rescue."

In a job that involves extreme heights, high voltage electricity, and exposure to all kinds of weather, the exercise is designed to provide workers with another chance at staying safe, especially when working in isolated areas.

"The nature of the beast puts them out in the middle of nowhere so they're not going to be around for help to begin with. So they got to learn how to help themselves and that's what we're here trying to teach them, is how to rescue each other," says Craig Tavares, instructor for Priority 1 Air Rescue.

The training will continue until August. During that time 125 linemen and apprentices will learn how to properly hook and secure a co-worker during an emergency.

After the helicopter training, the workers come together to debrief what was learned.

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