SAFETY ALERT – CABLE DAMAGE AT WREXHAM
Track circuit cables were damaged during core works being undertaken at Wrexham General by SRSA. Cables were protected as per planned method using a steel sleeper bearer and steel cable protection. They could not be disconnected as they were supplying the track circuit to the adjacent line. RRV’s were required to track over the cable protection as they were within the renewal dig area. Damage is believed to have been caused by sharp edges in-between bearer and sleeper protector and the incline of the cable within the CESS area.
Project team recommended – lowering cess areas, so cable is level with the track formation and utilising foam cable protection on the edges of protectors to prevent a similar incident during future works.
Take 5 – This can be as simple as pausing for five seconds to think about what you’re about to do and ask yourself if you’re aware of the risks, have the right control measures in place and make sure you’re safe to proceed. Taking 5 really can be the difference between you and your colleagues getting home safe every day.
- Take 5 prior to work and assess the site for any uncontrolled hazards.
- Undertake periodic checks throughout works on any protected equipment to ensure no faults.
- Immediately escalate any issues to Site Management.
- Do not undertake works until it’s safe to do so.
MANAGERS / SUPERVISORS
- Undertake Safety Conversations with your team on the attached subject to raise awareness and log in CARL.
- If possible, plan works with all cables disconnected.
- Ensure periodic checks are undertaken on protection methods during works.
- Make sure cable protection is adequate for works being undertaken.