The Pole Top Competition became part of the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in 1973 to teach people about proper rescue techniques. Teams of linemen from the electrical utility industry compete for honors in rescuing a victim from a utility pole in a mock industrial accident. Three judges are chosen by members of the conference’s electrical utilities panel.
The preliminary competition is held the day prior to the conference, with the top four teams competing at the conference. Just before the final competition, teams are given a “problem” or situation that makes the rescue more difficult and requires the teams to think about the safest and most effective way to rescue the victim.