Cable Avoidance Tool Course


Glanville Training provides a Cable Avoidance Tool (CAT) course that offers comprehensive training on the proper operation of the Cable Avoidance Tool and Signal Generator (Genny). Tailored for a wide audience, including clients, designers, planning supervisors, employers, operators, managers, and supervisors, this course equips participants with the essential knowledge and skills required to effectively conduct cable avoidance operations and locate underground services.

In the construction industry, the Cable Avoidance Tool plays a critical role in identifying buried services that pose significant hazards to workers. Mishandling or improper usage of these tools can potentially lead to catastrophic accidents. Poorly designed excavations can result in cable or pipe damage, resulting in costly repairs, project delays, and personal injuries. The CAT serves as the solution by pinpointing these underground services, enabling proper marking and avoidance during excavation processes.

Understanding the correct utilisation of these tools is paramount for successful operations and the prevention of underground service mishaps during excavation. Our CAT course is meticulously designed to align with the guidance provided in HSG 47, ensuring compliance and safety in situations involving ground penetration at or below the surface level.

Upon successful completion of the course you will:

Identify Underground Services and Common Marking(s)
Legislation, Regulations and Best Practice with respect to Detecting and Tracing Underground Services
Reasons for using Cable Locators
Hazards arising from the use of Cable Avoidance Tools and Signal Generators and precautions which should be observed
Identification of types and limitations of Cable Avoidance Tools and Signal Generators
Implications of Damage, Handling and Transporting of Equipment
Inspecting, Calibration and Testing of Equipment
The methods of safe use of Pipe and Cable Location Equipment, along with basic locating techniques
Practical session where each candidate will be instructed and assessed on their ability and competence in using the CAT & Genny in the local area on various services

Course content

Upon successfully completing the course you will be awarded a certificate.

Your days will include a 15 minute break in the morning and afternoon, you will also be allowed a 30 minute break for lunch.

Ensure your bring your own lunch.

You must bring ID and provide your national insurance number.

You will need full PPE.


Glanville Training Academy Ltd - Plympton

Plympton Recycling and Transfer Station
Galileo Close, Newnham Industrial Estate
Plympton, Plymouth
Devon, PL7 4JW

Please contact us at least 48 hours before the day of training to advise us on any additional requirements that we may need to consider for the training to successfully take place.

Course cancellations made within 5 working days prior of the course date, or, where delegates fail to attend the training course on the course date, will be charged in full. All cancellations must be made in writing. Delegate substitutions may be made prior to the course start date giving written notice. (If any further information required please refer to T&Cs).

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