Potential Low Voltage(LV) Cable Strike - Shared by Peel Ports

Published: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 15:47

As part of PSS and Industry Chief Executive priorities for the sector, “Early Information Sharing” is aimed at proactively preventing incidents among members. These are good opportunities for PSS members to proactively review/modify safety control measures and is a leading indicator of a positive safety culture.

The following Safety Alert has been shared by one of our members to raise awareness of and a wider stakeholder engagement in avoiding danger from underground services during civil works, the full details attached.



During civils work connected to the drainage network on a Container Terminal, an armoured black cable was discovered.The area had been scanned by a Cable Avoidance Tool (CAT) prior to excavation, and the service drawings that the Port had provided to the contractor did not show any indication of a potentially live Low Voltage (LV) cable in the area. 

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Personnel: Please forward this alert on to colleagues in your port environment including management, supervisory, staff and the wider stakeholders including tenants/suppliers on the port estate.

Distribution: These can then be downloaded, printed and posted at various strategic locations such as workshops, notice boards, staff canteens, smoking areas etc to raise awareness about causes and preventive actions.

Discussions: This safety alert can be further utilised to facilitate safety discussions and stimulate employee safety leadership through toolbox talks, leadership 'Walk the talks' and hazard hunts, just to name a few.

More information on the incident, lesson learned and any actions that were taken can be found below

Special thanks to our member Peel Ports for sharing this alert with the rest of the industry.



23 Group SB 20 001 Cable Strike PDF (124.81 KB) Download (124.81 KB)