Two National Grid linemen finish among top 20 in rodeo

By Dave Bertola

A National Grid lineman competes at the annual International Lineman’s Rodeo.


National Grid linemen Lucas Ullman and Benjamin Williams finished among the top 20 during the 34th annual International Lineman’s Rodeo, held Oct. 14 in Bonner Springs, Kan.

They and hundreds of linemen put their skill, speed and safety knowledge to the test as they represented the company.

One-person (apprentice) and three-person (journeyman) teams competed with line workers from around the world. Competing in the apprentice category, Ullman and Williams finished 13th and 17th, respectively.  All total, 125 competed in the apprentice division.

Ullman works in Schenectady, N.Y. Williams, who works in Avon, N.Y., loves lineman work. He said that after failing to make the cut for last year’s rodeo, he was motivated to compete.

“I wanted to try out again this year, because there are some guys I work with who said that it was a great experience,” Williams said. “So I wanted to see what it was all about. I love this work, but competing in it is different.”

Williams said he was nervous as he prepared to compete in events, which included preparing slack blocks, a speed climb and a hurt man rescue.

The rodeo has grown to include more than 200 journeyman teams and 250 apprentice teams.

A story about how National Grid linemen prepared to make the final company team, and a list of who represented the company, can be found here:

A list of worldwide participants and finishers can be found here:

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