Cable Duct Installation

Our IOSH Working Safely trained Lucion Infrastructure team undertake all route excavation work required for cable installation, including an investigation of existing buried cables to ensure compliance with National Electricity Registration Scheme (NERS).

Toolbox Talk: Buried Utilities

Toolbox talks can be carried out in a variety of ways but are typically a brief (2-5 minute) interactive discussion meeting on a safety-related topic. Toolbox Topics are used to cover a variety of short safety training subjects and to remind employees each day before they go to work, the importance of being safe. In this Toolbox Talk, we focus on buried utilities and the precautions taken to ensure worker safety.

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Toolbox Talk: Construction Dust

Ensure your teams know the dangers of construction dust and what control measures and protection are required to manage the risks with this quick Toolbox Talk.

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Toolbox Talk: Lone Working

In this brief Toolbox Talk, we focus on Lone Working and the precautions taken to ensure worker safety. The two-page pdf download below is intended to act as guidance notes when delivering the toolbox talk with an additional supporting visual aid that can be used as either a site poster or circulated as an email reminder.

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What is cable duct installation?

Cable ducts are typically used for laying cables in projects where the cables must be buried deep underground such as under footpaths, grass verges, roads, and agricultural land as well as in private properties. Whether you require cable ducts for your cables and the depth you need to install your cable ducts is stipulated by the UK Distribution Network Operators (DNO).

The installation or laying of cables and ducting under the ground is a critical infrastructure function and can be a key component in your project. 

The reliability and long-term success of any cable network, power or utility supply depends ultimately on the proper laying of the cables, quality of the cable joints and branch connection. So, the correct ground works preparation and cable duct installation is essential for reliable, effective, and future proofed cable laying.

What are the risks involved during cable duct installation?

When breaking ground to install cable ducts, there is a high risk of existing cables, including potential high voltage cables, being damaged. Using specialist groundworkers during your project can mitigate the risks of damaging equipment or endangering the lives of your team or contractors. 

Due to the high risk involved in cable duct installation extra precautions must be taken during excavation works in order to minimise the risks.

The HSE recommends taking 4 steps in order to minimise and manage the risk:

  1. Plan - Careful planning and risk assessments should be made prior to works. Context is key to preventing incidents. Checking the surrounding areas for clues as to whether there may be existing cables underground.
  2. Be Informed - Whilst most underground cables are owned by the DNO, some may be owned by other providers such as Highways Authorities, Network Rail, or other independent DNOs. Ensure you have firstly conducted desktop research to find any plans for existing cables and contact services providers to inform them of any works where cables may need to be dead prior to works commencing. 
  3. Locate - Where there may be multiple cables underground or the location of the cables is unknown, using cable detection equipment pinpoints the exact location of the cables. 
  4. Safe Excavation - Following safe digging practices and appropriate insulation equipment along with experienced groundworkers can help ensure a safe working environment and the success of a cable duct installation project.

Our teams are fully trained in IOSH Working Safely and on the Street Works Qualifications Register (SWQR). As an Achilles UVBD member and part of the Lucion Services’ group holding multiple RoSPA Gold awards for both Health and Safety and Fleet Safety, we take a proactive approach to managing risk on site. 

What are my responsibilities?

Under the Health and Safety at Work act 1974, regulation 3, it is a requirement that the duty holder takes proactive steps to control the risks in the workplace. As a duty holder, the regulations require you to identify the risks and make suitable arrangements for managing health, safety, and welfare as far as reasonably practicable. If you employ more than five people within your organisation you must record your risks and measures as a written risk assessment.

Using specialist grounds work contractors can help you control and holistically manage the risks. Our internal health and safety practices work alongside the Energy Networks Association (ENA) occupation health and safety frameworks to ensure safety to both individuals and the environment during electrical projects. 

Our team of groundworkers and Environmental Consultants can help you mitigate the risks and ensure a best practice approach from the initial land investigation, desktop studies and cable duct mapping, through to excavation works.

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