National Lineworker Appreciation Day is a day set aside for us to recognize the commitment and sacrifice made by lineworkers across the country who power our communities.
Nothing is more important to Earl Phillips than keeping his family safe. The senior lineman from Greenville will do whatever it takes to protect his wife, Joi, and their three children. That protective instinct also extends to Phillips’ work family. He’s prioritized safety while working on the front lines during the pandemic. And, like many essential workers, he’s made sacrifices to ensure his loved ones and co-workers remain safe and healthy.
When the lights go out, they go to work, and we couldn’t be more grateful for what they do.
Gene Woolsey, senior lineman, thought he had worked through every type of power emergency possible in his 39 years at Entergy Mississippi. He’s restored power outages caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, ice storms, extreme temperatures, flooding, lightning, fires, animals and cars. A pandemic is not one of the situations he expected to include on that list. Yet, throughout COVID-19, he is among those on the front lines keeping power flowing.
Entergy Louisiana is proactively improving the electrical system and deploying new technologies across the state, with the goal always to reduce the number of outages and customers affected and allow for a faster restoration of power.
In June, the National Safety Council celebrated National Safety Month by publishing materials on various topics focusing on saving lives and preventing injuries, from the workplace to anyplace. This year, the NCS has focused its efforts on relevant topics for keeping workers safe in the new normal.
Recent heavy rains have washed a substantial amount of debris into the lakes, so we advise boaters to watch for hazards. Those not familiar with the area should be extra-cautious when boating or swimming in the lakes.
While we may be celebrating pride at a safe distance this year due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Entergy is committed to creating a culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging for all employees, this month, and every month.