Ed Nelson

In 1964, after five years of service in the US Marine Corps, Ed Nelson began his work in the electrical industry as a meter reader for New Bedford Gas and Electric Company.  In less than a year, he had joined the line gang and began working his way up to journeyman lineman.  In 1975, Ed began work for the Northeast Public Power Association as a job training and safety instructor working in the New England states, including New York.  This move illustrates his dedication to the safety and training of his fellow linemen, and his primary goal of having everyone go home in one piece.  In 1981 he was contacted by AB Chance Company, and accepted an offer to be a live line demonstrator working the entire east coast.  While working for Chance, he demonstrated and taught live line hot sticking, rubber gloving, and bare hand work on voltages from 120V to 735kV from Key West, FL to Labrador, Canada and points in between.  Ed worked with municipalities, IOUs, electric coops, electric contractors, and government power agencies in the US, Canada, and Mexico.  Throughout his career he was praised as a professional and effective teacher, and was even credited with saving lives because he had taught the techniques used in the rescue.  Ed retired after thirty-nine years devoted to teaching safety techniques across the industry.