When most people think of how their home or work receives electricity, their minds probably turn to utility poles, power lines stretching far across the sky and the line workers who fix that equipment when nasty weather strikes. But in some areas, distributing power happens anywhere between four and 80 feet underground! That’s where underground cable splicers come in.

Working underground, cable splicers install, splice, test and repair high-voltage power lines – effectively keeping communities out of the dark.

However, working underground comes with its own set of challenges and safety concerns. Cable splicers go down manholes – wearing extensive personal protection equipment (PPE) and often carrying heavy equipment – to handle high-voltage cables and equipment. If all safety practices are not performed correctly, potentially fatal situations can occur.

Cutoff from harsh weather conditions, being underground does have its advantages too. Splicers relish winter when manholes sit around 60 – 70 degrees.

They also love the interactions they have with customers when they’re able to restore power to an area.

“It’s nice to see people really appreciate what we do when we get the lights on and they come out and say, ‘thank you’,” said Anthony Hall, journeyman cable splicer, DTE Energy.

To hear more about what it means to be an underground cable splicer, watch the video below:

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