Four Terex Optima TC55 aerial devices were a key tool in the Hurtman Rescue competition at the International Lineman's Rodeo, held in Bonner Springs, Kan., in October.
The purpose of the Hurtman Rescue is to demonstrate speed while safely lowering an injured worker (represented by a mannequin) who is unconscious at the top of the pole. Teams of journeymen and apprentices competed in the timed event. The Journeyman competition simulates working in a hot line situation, while the apprentice category is a one-person event, mimicking a de-energized scenario.
Judges used the aerial devices to position a mannequin representing an unconscious line worker atop electric poles for the competition. The Optima TC55s were provided by Custom Truck One Source.
The Optima TC55, introduced in 2017, is a 55-foot non-overcenter aerial with up to 42.8 feet of side reach.