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Control measure

Locate and avoid cables

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Locate and avoid cables

Understand:

  • The need to consider the potential hazards of cables when establishing access and egress routes
  • That routes should avoid cables, but if that is not possible, it may be necessary to release or secure cables and their fixings
  • How specialist equipment may minimise the risks associated with cable entanglement
  • How thermal imaging can be used to identify internal fixings that have been subjected to heat

Cables in buildings

Understand:

  • What methods can be used to locate and identify lightweight conduit, trunking and cable fixings
  • The need for the electricity supply to be isolated prior to electrical cables being released or secured

Cables in modes of transport

Understand:

  • How a knowledge of the design and construction of the mode of transport may help with locating cables
  • The need for electrical systems to be isolated in modes of transport, before cables are cut

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Brief personnel about the presence and type of cables prior to them entering the hazard area

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify and communicate the presence and type of cables to personnel entering the hazard area

Assess the likelihood that cables and fixings will fail, increasing the risk of entanglement

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Assess the likelihood that cables and fixings may fail
  • Establish and communicate the location of cables and fixings that may fail and result in entanglement

Consider the use of appropriate specialist equipment to minimise the risk of cable entanglement

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure personnel use appropriate specialist equipment to minimise the risk of cable entanglement

Consider using thermal imaging to locate cable-related hazards

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use thermal imaging to identify cables subjected to heat

Consider using routes that avoid cables if there is a risk of entanglement or electricity

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify and communicate alternative routes to avoid the risks associated with cables

Consider securing or carrying out a controlled release of cables

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Secure cables to avoid entanglement
  • Perform a controlled release of cables