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Topic Title: Cable spiking
Topic Summary: (The groundworkers method)
Created On: 30 April 2014 09:34 PM
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 30 April 2014 09:34 PM
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slittle

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Sometimes I really do wonder...

A new grain store is going up, the HV run has been careful located and marked (and avoided by us whilst installing our LV cables) . This afternoon my electrician rings and says the groundworkers have put the digger through a cable and the farm is off supply.

I've just spent an interesting 6 hours with a large team from UKPN working out how to keep loads of businesses on supply and isolate the offending cable at the same time. Thankfully their engineers where really on the ball.

Looking forward to meeting the ground workers tomorrow who had packed up and cleared off before I managed to get to site.

Stu
 30 April 2014 10:26 PM
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peteTLM

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How convinient of them to leg it..................

lets hope their insurance people have deep pockets............

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 30 April 2014 10:57 PM
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well, if they haven't you may find they may not actually turn up tommorow either ;-).
I'm reminded of the sad tale from the early 1990s of a small civil engineering business that that was effectivly bankrupted by a man with digger type subcontractor digging up an oil pipe-line and then dissapearing without trace. It wasnt the repair so much as the oil and clean up costs that for some reason the insurance would not pick up..

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 30 April 2014 11:43 PM
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peteTLM

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A lot of sites i have been on wont let anyone through the door without a copy of their insurance, Rams etc, makes it easier when they leg it.
One site i had sight of, the council sold of a piece of landoff that was once a road, without a stopping up order, oh dear.... A piling contractor went through all the utilities in the ex A road, with about 20m£ worth of damage. Took years to sort out.

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