Cable Avoidance Tools

Cable Avoidance Tools

Health, Safety & Environmental BulletinBulletins highlight issues that will be experienced throughout the industry, and prove a useful tool to encourage the raising of standards and awareness of health and safety issues industry wide. No 529
18 August 2016
Cable Avoidance Tools

In February, we reviewed and further strengthened our ground disturbance procedures, which were built into the XmoMan competency control’s so jobs involving any ground disturbance whatsoever could not be allocated to untrained teams.
An ‘on the job’ training programme was developed, using an accredited trainer and several teams have since received refresher training, which is available on request.

In order to improve traceability further, we have procured new C.A.T 4 and Gennys that enable us to check much of the data that they record, so we can proactively monitor training needs and ensure compliance.

Data Acquisition / Logging
On-board memory allows over a year’s worth of data to be stored. This data can be backed-up to a PC at any time, giving virtually unlimited record keeping for the life of the product. Retrieved data can be analysed, either locally or remotely.

Factors logged include:
a) Mode of use
b) Genny / Power / Radio signal strengths
c) Date and time of survey
d) StrikeAlert / Swing warning statuses
e) Speed over ground3
f) Location of survey (Latitude/Longitude)3
g) Bargraph readout
h) Sensitivity control setting
i) Depth measurements made
j) Battery status
k) Last / next calibration date
l) Dynamic Overload Protection /signal overload status
m) Angle of use
n) Number of Satellites Received3
o) Audio status

We will include data findings as part of our HSSE Lead Team meeting each month to ensure that training has been effective and that equipment is being used in line with manufacturer’s guidelines.

If you are not sure how to use any equipment that you are asked to, please ensure that you notify your line manager and do not proceed with the job.

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