Expecting a Utilities Sector Project? Read This!
UTILITIES AND SAFETY: EQUIPPING FOR A SAFER WORKSITE Working on a project in the utilities industry carries a wide range of risks. However, one truism remains a constant: equipping properly with the latest specialist equipment will help to create a safer, more efficient project. We’ve compiled this overview of the main worksite dangers to be […]
UTILITIES AND SAFETY: EQUIPPING FOR A SAFER WORKSITE
Working on a project in the utilities industry carries a wide range of risks. However, one truism remains a constant: equipping properly with the latest specialist equipment will help to create a safer, more efficient project.
We’ve compiled this overview of the main worksite dangers to be aware of across the various utilities sectors.
To discover the main types of risk in utilities sector working, plus expert equipment recommendations, simply read on…
SAFER UTILITIES WORK: THE RISKS
Keeping business and homes supplied with the things they need to operate means, as any utilities engineer will know, some very real risks to those working at the ‘coal face’.
Some risks occur across most, or even all, of the individual water, sewage services, electricity, dams, and natural gas industries:
• Confined space working: Such as underground or limited space work areas where, adding an additional risk, electrical equipment may be needed despite the risk of flammable or explosive condition. Plus, an operative may be working alone.
• Unstable structures: The risk of crushing or asphyxia is, of course, ever-present where unstable structures occur.
• Working at height: This is especially common in the utilities sector due to the need for work tasks such as scaling towers or mounting scaffolding.
• Risks caused by electricity: Aside from the obvious and major risk of injury through contact with live electricity, the potential for electrical equipment to come into contact with water when working is a pressing danger and comes, of course, with serious consequences.
The right equipment, and especially purpose-made portable equipment with hazardous area certification, can play a significant part in mitigating many of these risks. Our equipment recommendations along with details explaining where to access free advice are below.
SAFER UTILITIES WORK: THE RECOMMENDATIONS
It’s simple: access to portable, hazardous area certified heat, light, air and power products can make utilities sector projects safer and more efficient.
Our specialists strongly recommend that two groups of products are assessed for the safety, and time-saving, advantages they bring on-site.
• EX LED Vessel Entry Kits: Designed to safety light confined spaces, an EX LED Vessel Entry Kit uses a combination of SA POWERNET and SA LUMIN technologies to provide ultra-reliable and powerful light output for tasks like underground repairs and maintenance.
The kits can be customised with a choice of input voltage, output/ light voltage and light options.
• SA CYCLONE EX ventilation: Purpose designed and manufactured in the UK to turn inhospitable environments, such as areas with vapour present, into a safe working area, SA CYCLONE high-performance ventilation equipment is ideal for the utilities sector.
SAFER UTILITIES WORK: WHY SA EQUIP?
We’re much more than just a ‘supplier’. We help our clients across the world achieve optimal lighting, heat, power and ventilation results in challenging environments. Our in-house product development team can even devise a bespoke solution.
We specialise in:
Most of all, we bring almost 100 years of pacesetting service and knowledge – with a foundation in the most extreme shipping and oil industry environments – to customers across heavy industry, aerospace, defence, utilities, pharmaceuticals, distilling, power stations and more.