Last week, we visited the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas for this year’s International Lineman’s Rodeo. Since 1984, the Lineman’s Rodeo has drawn linemen from utilities across the country and internationally. The best of the best gather each year for competition and camaraderie. Teams sometimes train for the entire summer to compete in the two traditional events of the competition–the hurtman rescue and the pole climb. In addition, there are two mystery events that simulate real world scenarios for the apprentices and journeyman teams. The Rodeo is preceded by a two-day trade show exhibition and safety conference, in which Atlas Devices held an interactive exhibit.
We were stationed in booth 801 with ropes rigged from the ceiling for Ascender demonstration on both days of the expo. Our demonstration was even featured in Transmission & Distribution World! We of course showcased our utility market products, most notably the Atlas Tower Kit. The main components of the Atlas Tower Kit include the APA-5-U Powered Rope Ascender and the REBS Pneumatic Launcher (compact or full sized). We had a great time showing visitors how our equipment has afforded line crews unprecedented access while minimizing environmental impact and complying with OSHA 100% attachment standards. Many visitors were thrilled to ride the APA-5-U and get an up close look at the REBS Launchers. On top of establishing a higher, faster, safer first man up, the APA-5-U can be used for load hauling and two-person rescues. Unfortunately, the APA-5-U was not allowed in the competition, but in spite of that (or perhaps because of it), it is sure to increase access and decrease work time at your next job site!