CCM’s wide ranging experience includes the delivery of complex projects across the UK’s aviation environment. In this article, CCM’s lead network infrastructure consultant (Mark Stannard) shares his Top Five Tips to consider when installing infrastructure cabling through pits and ducts in complex operational environments.
Installing cabling infrastructure in an operational environment is always a challenge. With safety, teamwork and planning at the heart of our approach, here are my tips for success:
1. Safety first
A valid CST (Confined Spaces Training) qualification for anyone working in pit & ducts is essential. All members of the team involved in working, either in or around cabling pits and ducts should have the correct qualification for the task. A solid risk assessment and method statement should be in place for the job and should highlight the specific risks and control measures for each task.
2. A good survey is essential
Always survey routes and where possible rod and rope the ducts. This will ensure that ducts routes have the required capacity, are not full of water, silt etc. and have not collapsed. This additional survey effort will prevent programme delay and additional cost later.
3. Be prepared and NEVER “bite off more than you can chew”
Always ensure that you have the correct tools for the job. Plan your cable pulls from pit to pit and always ensure that you identify which pits will be used to store cable overnight; make sure they are big enough and well marked!
4. Gain the correct permissions
When installing across live, operational areas always ensure that correct permits are in place and approved by operations management. A permit to work is a safe system of work and ensures that everyone working in and around the work area is aware of your presence.
5. Always have a plan ’B’
When working in a ‘live’ operational environment there is always the possibility that work will need to be aborted due to operational changes. If access is rejected for whatever reason, it is always good to have a backup plan i.e. other work available that does not require permit access.
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