Cable Detection, Cable Location & Cable Avoidance Tools (CAT's)

Cable Avoidance Tools (CATs)
Cable Detection & Cable Locators from T&D UK - Ezi CAT


 Reducing Cable Strikes by Reduced Human Error with
EziCAT Cable Detection

Cable Detection - Cable Detection

 Why do we use Cable Avoidance Tools (CAT's) ?
* Avoid damage to underground cables and pipes
* Avoid serious employee injuries
* Avoid project downtime
* Locate underground cable services

The primary objective of a Cable Avoidance Tool (CAT) is to warn the CAT tool user that there is a buried cable underground - local legislation often prescribes the use of a cable locating tool prior to excavation works or cable jointing commencing. Risk assessment necessitates an accurate site scan to detect underground cables before digging. Avoid damage, downtime, injury and cost by effective cable location.

Risks from Striking Underground LV-HV Cables : Explosions, burns, electrocution, project downtime, site flooding, reinstatement costs.

Cable Avoidance Tools (CATs) based on old fashioned manually adjusted controls rely heavily on highly experienced cable locator operators - experience proves most cable strikes are caused by cable detector operator error where underground cables have not been located despite a thorough sweep.


But I have scanned for cables.............how did I miss it ?
Buried cables and underground services are missed when the cable detector operator has been pinpointing a service with a shallow signal and manually adjusts the cable locator to minimise its reception so that the centre of the cable service can be located. If the cable locator moves on to scan a new location the operator may forget to turn the sensitivity to full power - consequently if there is a new service with a smaller signal the cable detector operator will fail to locate the new service - this low setting selected on the CAT will simply screen it out.
Selection of the incorrect CAT frequency mode is another way manually adjusted cable avoidance tools can leave a project exposed to cable strike risk. When a cable detection tool operator has been tracing an active signal applied by a signal generator and then plans to check a new area but forgets to change the mode - there is no signal in generator mode and a buried cable is missed. This form of cable location error is extremely dangerous as the most hazardous cable services usually generate a signal in power mode.


Cable Detection EziCAT tooling is designed to reduce on site cable strike incidents by reducing human error through precise underground cable location.

Cable Detection EziCAT models switch on into power function with full sensitivity mode – this technological advance replaces old error prone manual controls improving health and safety and reducing underground cable strikes.

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