No matter how many safety features are built into the components of cable and pipe transits, they can only be realized through correct installation. This means that transits must be complemented with excellent product information to maximize the safety awareness in all stakeholders, from the client, the purchaser, through engineering management to those directly responsible for installing transits.
The installation of multi cable transits encompasses structural, electrical and mechanical disciplines. Furthermore, their safe installation and compliance with both regulations and manufacturers' recommended installation instructions requires the supervision of quality assurance and quality control personnel, and the final approval of a certifying authority. It is, therefore, essential that all parties are familiar with the expectations of the final signatory authority and are made aware, by the owners and management, of the importance of a well- installed product.
We must emphasize how important it is to install multi cable transits correctly the first time round. The costs of refitting, and at worst a failure, are far greater than those associated with a safe and timely first-time installation.
Given the importance of transit installations, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to provide comprehensive support to all parties within the project. This support should include, but is not limited to, such items as certification and testing documentation as may be required; literature and software for efficient and accurate procurement of product; and a comprehensive training programme for installers, quality control personnel and regulatory inspectors.
We believe that not only should training be emphasised for new cable transit installers, but also for those installation teams already familiar with the product to be installed.
To realize this goal, it is essential that the client, construction company, contractor and manufacturer cooperate to ensure such information and initiatives are available and utilized.
Thorough training with cable and pipe transits – including cable management – is indispensable for achieving the high standard of safety needed when installing transits. On-the-job training is carried out in the normal work environment using actual transit components, tools and documents that are used in everyday work tasks.
Off-the-job training takes place away from the normal work environment, often on the premises of the transit manufacturer. Advantages of this type of training is that it allows trainees to concentrate totally on training activities without work production pressures, to train on a variety of transit types and applications, and to understand the theory and practice that lie behind transit design and installation.
Training should instill an awareness of safety regarding the use and installation of cable and pipe transits at all levels of a construction project. The relevant staff in design companies should know what types of transit are available and where they are best used. Shipbuilding or construction site managers should be trained in all aspects of transit design and installation so that they know how to train installers and how inspection routines are carried of effectively. And installers should be trained how to fit transit frames and blocks correctly to achieve tight systems of the highest standard.
Construction site management is strongly focused on obtaining a good return on investment for their company, something which staff training helps to realize. Trained employees understand the importance of their job, their role in an organization and how to carry out tasks accurately and efficiently. Training also contributes to high staff morale and job satisfaction.
All these factors enable construction personnel to perform high-quality work that not only puts safety first with cable and pipe transits, but also avoids the need for reworking along with consequent increased costs.
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