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FIELD TEST LV UNDERGROUND CABLE INSTALLATIONS SWP

1. PURPOSE AND SCOPE 3. DOCUMENTATION


CS000501F115. Daily/Task Risk Management Plan
The purpose of this Standard Work Practice (SWP) is to standardise
and prescribe the method for the commissioning of low voltage ES000901R102. Health and Safety Risk Control Guide
underground cable installations. SP0405R01. Field Test LV Underground Cable Installations Job
Safety Analysis
2. STAFFING RESOURCES
SP0405R02. Commissioning LV Underground Cable Installations
Technical Service Person (Electrical Fitter Mechanic or Cable SWP SP0405 - Field instruction
Jointer) and a Competent Assistant. SP0405C01. LV Cable Commissioning Test Report
Safety Observer where required. SP0405C03. LV Cable Inspection and Test Plan
Required Training and Certificates P53. Operate the Network Enterprise Process
Regulatory Training P53K55. Manage Low Voltage Switching for De-Energised Access
on the Network Procedure
Course Code Course Description
SP0203R04. Working at Heights – Elevated Work Platform Safe
2120 Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation Work Method Statement
2130 Low Voltage/ Switchboard Rescue Code of Practice Electrical Work Electrical Safety Act 2002
2140 Pole Top Rescue Code of Practice Working Near Exposed Live Parts Electrical Safety
3131 Pole Testing for Safe Access Act 2002
4491 Safe Approach to Structures Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 (QLD) Division 3
Excavations
Additional Training
Underground Construction Manual
Course Code Course Description
Electrical Safety Regulation 2002 Section 12, 14(2)
4365 Joint and Terminate LV Polymeric Cables
3071 Confirmed Space Awareness
4. KEY TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
3070 Safe Work in Confined Spaces, if required Insulating gloves applicable to task, work gloves, safety headwear
where gravitational hazards exist, safety eyewear and footwear, high
UETTDRRF07A Perform Cable Pit/Trench/Excav visibility clothing, protective clothing, hearing protection, and sun
T0405
Rescue, if required
protection.
4480 Low Voltage Switching & Access Pole top rescue kit LV Rescue Kit (where required).

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Confined space monitoring and rescue equipment (where required). Assign adequate staffing resources with required competencies to
Roadway warning signs. safely complete task.

Barricading. Ensure all persons required to use test equipment are competent in
its operation.
Work site communication equipment (e.g. 2 way radio, etc).
Assign adequate staffing resources with required competencies to
Test equipment shall comply with Code of Practice for Electrical safely complete tests.
Work Section 6 and be fitted with fused leads (where applicable).
Reinforce requirement to wear all required PPE including applicable
DC insulation resistance tester.
class of gloves. Ensure class 00 gloves, and insulated mats are
Dry chemical fire extinguisher. used while working on or near exposed live parts.
Class 00 Low Voltage Gloves. Live work on LV including testing is only to be performed where a
documented safe system of work is implemented.
5. TASK STEPS
Persons performing electrical testing must ensure electrical
5.1. Carry out an on site risk assessment equipment is tested to confirm electrical work performed is
electrically safe and all persons not necessary for testing are
Prior to performing this activity any hazards associated with
electrically safe.
prerequisite tasks at the worksite shall be identified and assessed
with appropriate control measures implemented and documented in Use roadway warning signs/ barricading to control vehicle and
accordance with Daily/Task Risk Management Plan CS000501F115 pedestrian traffic around work zone and relevant exclusion zones
and using reference document Health and Safety Risk Control Guide around live parts.
ES000901R102. Ground conditions and potential slip/fall hazards in travel path
If any risks cannot be managed or reduced to an acceptable level, considered in CS000501F115 Daily/Task Risk Management Plan.
do not proceed with the task and seek assistance from your
Identify locations defined as confined spaces and ensure compliance
Supervisor.
with confined space entry requirements.
5.2. Preliminary steps
Ensure ready on site access to dry chemical fire extinguisher where
As per constructed drawing supplied to work crew with construction a gas torch is used.
folder. 5.3. Confirm isolation prior to test
Ensure test equipment is suitable for task. Confirm all test
Check phase rotation where required.
equipment is within current test date, calibrated and operational.
Confirm LV fuse carriers open & fuse cartridges removed (where
Select all required test equipment for performing earthing resistance,
applicable).
continuity and insulation resistance, voltage, phase rotation and
polarity tests.

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Confirm LV cables to be tested are isolated from all sources of value is achieved (minimum allowable resistance on new cables is
supply and tagged, and locked where provision is made, in 100M, minimum allowable resistance prior to energisation of aged
accordance with LV isolation requirements. Ensure all members of cables is 1M) and record readings.
working party sign on and understand requirements of LV Isolation
Section of Daily/Task WH&S Plan. For cables metallic sheaths, disconnect all earth leads/MEN links
and test the Sheath Integrity by applying 1.0kV between the
Ensure class 00 gloves, and insulated mats are used while working Metallic Sheathing (Msh) and Earth. Record values as measured.
on or near exposed live parts. Ensure insulated tools are used while Measured value of 10MΩ or greater is acceptable.
working on or near exposed live parts.
Conduct earth resistance tests at MEN points and record results.
Comply with Working at Heights – Elevated Work Platform
SP0203R04 Safe Work Method Statement when working aloft. Energise Cable And Confirm Polarity.

Ensure ground based persons are clear of drop zone while work is Remove DNOB from LV cable isolation points.
performed aloft. Replace fuse cartridges and close.
5.4. Prove mechanical and electrical integrity of LV cable At the last pillar of each circuit and at sample locations (at intervals
installations no greater than 6 pillars apart):
Confirm by sample (at intervals no greater than 6 pillars apart) that
cable terminations at pillars and poles are tight and phase colours
 Check polarity and record (Phase to phase, phase to neutral,
phase to independent earth).
correct.
Disconnect all Multiple Earth Neutral connections of cable section  Check phase rotation.
under test.
 Phase out to other supply across existing LV open point (where
Remove street light fuses and disconnect associated neutrals at applicable).
street light poles.
Reconnect all Multiple Earth Neutral connections of cable section
Remove any other loads that may be connected to the cable section. under test.
Perform continuity test between each phase and neutral conductor Conduct polarity tests at street lights and reconnect streetlight
combinations with a bridge connected between applicable neutrals.
conductors at cable end and confirm similar resistance values
Confirm all neutral and MEN conductors are reinstated after polarity
between tests (i.e. A-B, B-C, A-C, -N) – a maximum variation of
tests.
10% between readings. Ensure all Tee off sections off the feeder
also have a continuity test performed. 5.5. Final checks

Perform the Insulation Resistance test by applying 1.0kV between Ensure all final tests have been carried out and completed works
phase to phase and phase to neutral (e.g. A-B+C+N+E, B- have been built to the design plan / construction standards.
A+C+N+E, C-A+B+N+E, N-A+B+C+E) for LV cables until a steady
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Check that the cabinet / padmount is locked, or the pillar lid is
replaced and securely bolted down, where work has been carried in
these areas.
Make the site electrically and mechanically safe and tidy the area
before leaving.
Update all records relevant to the work undertaken.

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