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.
Any sort of cable strike is bad because, again at best, you will have to stop work and stand idle until the utility concerned has repaired it. This could cause you loss of income as you have workers doing nothing, but it could also result in a very large claim for loss of income from businesses affected by the damage caused by your workers. It could also result in claims from the company employing you, and loss of reputation in addition. It has not been unknown for a contractor to go out of business as the result of a cable strike.
This is why the CAT and Genny course that we provide at Sygma Solutions is essential training for your operatives. The CAT and Genny are the two most important tools for underground utility location, but the sad fact is that the majority of operatives do not understand how to use them to their fullest capabilities, nor yet understand their limitations.
We train your operatives in the use of the CAT 4 and Genny 4 in all modes, and they will no doubt be very surprised at all the things these tools can do when used properly. We put strong emphasis on Genny training, and first ensuring that the equipment is working correctly before commencing a search. We teach the benefits of dual frequency applications, & how to use the Genny to locate small and/or non-earthed cables using capacitance, how to effectively earth the Genny 4, and different methods including earth positioning. We also demonstrate blind induction search and effective nulling of services.
Our CAT training is second to none, and we have a basic one-day course available, together with a full 5-day course from which your operatives will emerge knowing as much about underground utility surveying as we do ourselves. You cannot get better training than the courses provided by Sygma Solutions.
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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Sygma Solutions are the official distributors for the Mala Easy Locator System.
We realise that many users may prefer to hire the Easy Locator, for short term or even long term projects and remember that this system is Network Rail Approved. We have therefore decided to offer discounted hire rates for the Easy Locator system.
It cannot be stressed enough that any contractor undertaking any sort of groundwork must take every precaution regarding the location and avoidance of underground utilities. Apart from the damage to the utilities, the corresponding delay in continuing the work, the loss of income to the contractor, and the damage to its’ reputation, the main consideration is that a cable strike can be downright dangerous to the worker.
21/09/2018 – Cat & Genny Training Course
18/10/2018 – Cat and Genny Training Course
FREE OF CHARGE MALA EASY LOCATOR TRAINING
2 DAY ADVANCED EM UTILITY LOCATION TRAINING RD8100/VIVAX
10TH & 11TH SEPTEMBER – LIMITED AVAILABILITY
12TH & 13TH SEPTEMBER – FULL
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