ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) – Maybe you’ve noticed helicopters hovering above local electrical lines with men dangling out of them. It’s been happening lately all across St. Louis County and the Metro East.
There’s nothing sinister going on, according to Leah Dettmers with Ameren Missouri. She says the aerial linemen are doing some maintenance work to prevent future problems.
“I assure you, as a safety practice, those linemen are fully trained in safety precautions and in aerial work, so they’re regular lineman – they’ve got specialized training in the helicopter work itself – and they really enjoy their work,” she says.
The high flyers are actually employees with Parr Electric, who are doing some contract work with Ameren to install guard structures that will keep damaged power lines from falling to the ground.
Dettmers says doing the same work with ground crews would take months to complete instead of just a couple of weeks.
The work — happening above lines on a 26-mile stretch from St. Louis County into the Metro East — should run through the end of this month.