Professionally Installed Low voltage (LV) Underground Cables with Priority Safety Checklist

December 14, 2016


We absorb information quickly when we can digest information in chunks, which is why paragraphs are wonderful writer's tools. Priority safety checklists use this same principle to organize important tasks. In the context of professionally installed low voltage (LV) cables, a priority safety checklist identifies the stages of the work, any hazards associated with those tasks, and provides a record of those steps. Here's a closer look at this organizational methodology.

Low Voltage Underground Cables

Numerous guidelines and procedures need to be properly utilized when low voltage (LV) underground cables are being laid. After all, this is the most common cable format in the ground today. Low voltage power supplies and signal carrying wires snake their way between buildings and into power distribution panels. They hook up sheds and garages, carry digital information to broadband backbones, and supply streets lights with power. It's a unique situation, a place where dirt meets technology, but a priority safety checklist keeps every step of the work under the control of a lead installation engineer.

Employing the Native Benefits of a Checklist

As we already noted, this is an invaluable organizational aid, but what does this step-by-step tally do for LV underground installations? Well, crucial tasks are listed and checked off as they're completed. The most important tasks are prioritized, followed by the project undertakings that focus more on the installation aspect. Safety, of course, tops the list. Primarily, the cables specs are first, right at the top of the checklist, for the buried wiring must be rated for both its application and its aptitude for functioning as an underground current carrier. Next, a mechanical integrity section asks the installer about the outer sheath and mechanical protection. Seals and terminations take us further down the prioritized list until we reach the environmental section. Road crossings, surface features, and soil fixtures occupy this part of the checklist. Expect to place a check mark in a box here when asked about bore holes, ditch depths, and concrete channels.

A low voltage cable does not always equal a low hazard. With that thought in mind, eliminate any and all hazard factors by using a priority safety checklist. The organizational tool condenses risks into easy to read chunks, tasks that are listed in order of importance. Beginning with the cable rating and its armoured outer sheath, a number of task-critical sentences are visually squared away, all so that this underground cable installation project is conducted in a logical manner.

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