Johan Hugoh has been working with electricity for 14 years, both as a powerline technician and as a powerline planner at Härryda Energi in Sweden. The work on aerial lines and transmission stations involves quite a lot of work at heights, in some cases up to 80 meters above the ground.
As a powerline planner at Härryda Energi, Johan plans and prepares service connections and internal projects. He also has readiness as a powerline technician, that is, an electrician who maintains and repairs signal boxes, transmission stations and wiring networks, both aerial lines and ground cables.
“I work at heights sometime every month and I am educated in being able to rescue a distressed person from a utility pole. When going on emergency cases, we always work in pairs.”
Johan has no problem working at height. He does not think it is more complicated than working on ground, as long as the safety equipment is used and all tools are kept close to hand to avoid having to climb more than necessary.
"It gets a bit trickier if you drop something, but other than that I have no problem working on heights.”
Weather and wind, however, are two factors that makes work at heights somewhat more challenging than on ground.
“When we do work on ground, we can always set up tents around the workplace. When we work with utility poles and in towers we can’t get away from the weather. "
His best tip to work safely at heights is to ensure that the safety equipment is complete and used correctly. He himself does not suffer from fear of heights, but believes that a good tip to counter such a fear is to work at height under controlled forms. The most important equipment that Johan brings to tasks at height is the safety harness and special climbing shoes.
"Without them I can’t climb."
The job that has offered the best view so far is the Solsten transmission substation, whose tower is almost 80 meters high.
"You can see all the way to Gothenburg and Landvetter from there."
Name: Johan Hugoh
Occupation: Powerline planner, former powerline technician
Years in the business: 14
Working height above ground: Approximately 75 meters
Tools/equipment you always bring with you: Ring spanner