Chief Executive Officer
Lives on the Line
By Tom Walch, Chief Executive Officer
Every year, we take the time to thank our extraordinary linemen who dedicate their lives to keeping the lights on for our Grand Valley Power consumers. Fifteen linemen maintain 1627 miles of line in Grand Valley Power’s service territory, and without them, our world would be dark.
We depend on our entire staff to keep Grand Valley Power running smoothly, but on April 10, 2017, we honor our linemen who often find themselves in dangerous and challenging situations, so our lives may be a little bit brighter and safer every day. These brave men repair damaged lines and maintain critical infrastructure for our communities. Without their hard work and commitment to the job, our co-op would not thrive. No matter the time––day or night, weekday or weekend––if the lights go out, so do they.
Perhaps you have seen them raising their bucket trucks in howling winds and torrential rains, or in freezing, icy conditions. They work around the clock near high-voltage power lines until power is restored to every member affected by an outage. They epitomize GVP’s mission statement – Empowering Lives with Hometown Service.
The job our line workers do is even more remarkable when you stop to consider that each and every one of them put their lives on the line every day they come to work. Their job is rated as one of the most dangerous in the United States. That’s why, when we put our guiding principles on paper, number one on our list was a commitment the safety of our workforce and the general public. The board and management team do what we can to provide them the best tools and training so that they can perform the job safely, but it’s up to each worker to execute the duties of his or her position in a safe manner. I’m pleased to report that in 2016 our team delivered. No lost time accidents occurred, and we were not required to report any instances of days away from work, restricted duty, or transfers due to an on-the-job accident or injury
We hope you will join us in thanking the many line workers––both locally and around the world––that light our lives. Remember, your power works because they do.
COMMENTS TO THE C.E.O.
You are a member of a cooperative and your opinion does count. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please let me know by writing to Ask the C.E.O., P.O. Box 190 Grand Junction, Colorado 81502, or send an email to Tom Walch.