NRSWA Streetworks Training

Streetworks Unit 1
Cat & Genny

Buried services represent a major hazard to all civil engineering and construction operatives. Excavations can cause cable or pipe damage resulting in expensive repairs, delays and personal injury. The cable avoidance tool known as CAT are used to locate buried services so they can be avoided.

The CAT and Genny can detect signals naturally radiating from metallic services or in conjunction with a Genny that induces a distinctive signal that the CAT can detect.

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Overview

The CAT can be used in 3 modes:

Power (P)
Radio (R)
Genny (G)

The CAT can detect most buried cables and conductors; however, some cables and conductors (even live ones) do not radiate signals. This applies to plastic pipework. Though, if used in conjunction with the Flexi-trace – these utilities can be detected.

Cat & Genny Training:

Cable avoidance tools (CAT and Genny) training provides both site operatives and construction/highways supervisors with the skills and knowledge to effectively and safely carry out cable avoidance work.

Qualification:

After successfully completing a CAT and Genny training course; candidates can complete a City and Guilds assessment of Unit 1 of the New Roads and Streetworks Act: Location and Avoidance of Underground Apparatus.

This qualification can be linked to a number of others under the same act. All candidates will be trained and tested by one of our fully accredited, expert CAT and Genny training instructors.

Course Content

There is no substitute for thorough CAT and Genny training in all aspects of identifying and locating underground apparatus. Any training course is designed to:

  • Promote operative safety
  • Make operatives/supervisors aware of their responsibilities
  • Encourage good practice
  • Raise awareness to hazardous situations
  • Avoid risk-taking

The following content is specifically covered:

  • Safety in location and avoidance of underground apparatus
  • Safe use of Cat and Genny
  • HSG 47
  • Interpretation of plans showing location of underground cables/apparatus
  • Depths of underground apparatus
  • Different types of safety warning markers used by utilities
  • Damage to utilities apparatus (precautions necessary)
  • Identifying risk of underground apparatus
  • Pre-use CAT and genny locator checks
  • Assessment of site diagrams/plans
  • Location CAT and Genny pattern techniques
  • Use of pipe and cable (CAT and Genny) location equipment
  • Correct usage of generator (Genny)
  • Interpreting signals from the CAT and Genny
  • Tracing techniques for locating, electric, water and telecommunications cables
  • Establishing line and mark apparatus position
  • Assessment

Course Outcomes

At the end the CAT and Genny training course the candidates should have a good understanding of:

  • The main safety elements and good practice of HSG 47
  • Interpreting plans showing location of underground cables/apparatus
  • How to state the approximate depths of underground apparatus
  • Identifying the different types of safety warning markers used by utilities
  • Identifying utilities apparatus (precautions necessary)
  • Identifying risks of underground apparatus
  • How to carry out pre-use CAT and genny locator checks
  • Site diagrams/plans
  • CAT and Genny pattern techniques
  • How to use the pipe and cable (CAT and Genny) location equipment correctly
  • How to use the generator (Genny) correctly
  • Interpreting signals from the CAT and genny
  • Tracing techniques for locating, electric, water and telecommunications cables
  • Establishing line and mark apparatus position on site

By the end of the CAT and Genny training course, the candidate should be able to achieve the required standards of the City and Guilds theory and practical test. If the candidate completes the CAT and Genny training course and he/she elects to take the City and Guilds Unit 1 assessment, and is successful, they will receive a City and Guilds certificate.

Who needs Cat & Genny Training?

The CAT and Genny (cable avoidance) training course is designed mainly for operatives and supervisors who are assigned the responsibility of locating underground apparatus for construction, repair or maintenance work in roadways and highways.

Legality

The following legislation is covered on a Cat & Genny course:

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
The New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
HSG 47

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