Any contractor undertaking excavations of any description must be aware of the possibility, or indeed the likelihood, of underground cables and utilities that are at the precise point, or very close to, where the excavation has to take place. In fact, the problem should be approached from the point of view that there are very likely to be underground utilities and cables, rather than the fact that it is unlikely.
Cable strikes are running at about an average of 60,000 every year in the UK as a result of contractors digging without knowledge of underground utilities. That is an average of 165 every single day of the year and, at best, results in a delay on the contract while the utility sends workers to resolve the problem. A cable strike can also result in minor injury, serious injury, and in a handful of cases, fatalities.
Sygma Solutions is the leading provider of cable avoidance training in the UK. Our courses are based on first hand experience in the field. We have cable locator manufacturing experience which means that we understand the equipment inside out: we know how it works, why it works, and what it can – and equally importantly cannot – do.
Sygma Solutions Ltd is very pleased to announce that our popular 5 Day Utility Mapping Training course has now been approved by CICES. This means anyone attending the course will be given free student membership to CICES followed by free affiliate membership until March 2019 on course completion.
Our utility mapping course is the only course in the industry approved by both the TSA (The Survey Association) and CICES and in addition offers the option of the Proqual Level 3 Utility Mapping and Surveying qualification.
When you are a contractor engaged in any sort of excavation – which most contractors are, unless you are just a painter and decorator – the most important thing that you can do is to avoid hitting any underground utilities when you dig. If you don’t know exactly what is under the ground, at best you might hit a water pipe which will make you wet. At worst you will hit an electricity cable which can easily kill, or a gas pipe which can cause a huge explosion and do the same.
When contractors are undertaking any sort of work that involves penetrating the ground there is the ever-present risk of striking an underground utility. This could be electricity, gas, water, telecoms, fibre optics, and more. The Health and Safety Executive produces a pdf entitled “Avoiding Danger From
It is a fact that there are far too many cable strikes by operatives engaged in groundwork throughout the UK. One cable strike is one too many, but according to one widely reported set of figures there are approximately 4 million excavations in the UK every year resulting in some 60,000 cable strikes! To be fair, the source of the figures is unknown, but it is not thought to include all works or annual variations.
Due to demand, we have now available a couple of public training courses open to individuals on Cat and Genny training at our premises in Wigan. Prices are £95 plus VAT per person.
You can add onto this the Proqual Level 2 Award in Utility Avoidance and the Location of Buried Services in Construction (provided you can prove you have previous experience of Cat and Genny training) for an additional registration fee of £35.
The upcoming courses are:
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Sygma Solutions Ltd is the exclusive UK distributor of the Malå Easy Locator and we hold FREE OF CHARGE – FULLY CERTIFIED training on this system and post processing for new and existing customers. The training sessions are delivered by Malå using our training facility in Wigan. The sessions are aimed at introducing customers to the system but also for existing customers to make full use of the features of the machines.
The next available courses are:
13th August – Module 1 Malå Easy Locator
14th August – Module 2 Post Processing only
5th September – Module 1 Malå Easy Locator
6th September – Module 2 Post Processing only
Due to demand places are limited to 2 per company.
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Public Cat & Genny Training can also include Proqual Level 2 if requested
15th February, 22nd March, 26th April,
24th May, 21st June, 26th July
Sygma PAS 128 Utility Surveyor Training Including Proqual Level 3 Utility Mapping and Surveying
18th February, 25th March, 29th April
20th May, 24th June, 22nd July
19th August, 23rd September, 21st October
18th November, 09th December
2 Day Electromagnetic Advanced Locator Course Covering RD8000/RD8100 & Vivax Vloc
27th & 28th February
3 Day Learn GPR Training with Dan Bigman
06th – 08th March
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