Locking out catenary lines: safety first and foremost
The SERCE*, OPPBTP* and SNCF Réseau have joined forces to draw up a lockout-tagout procedure for companies specialising in catenary lines, with a view to reducing electrical risks.
Every year, work takes place on several thousand worksites, very often at night, on national rail network installations. The personnel performing these operations are exposed to multiple risks including, in particular, contact with a live electrical traction system.
Patrick Martin, Business Unit Manager at Mobility and member of the SERCE catenary committee, was in charge of the catenary safety working group. “A set of instructions had existed for many years, but mandatory procedures were not always performed in compliance with the strict safety rules applicable to the installation, renewal and maintenance of overhead catenary systems at night.”
This new document takes a highly educational approach and reviews the rights and responsibilities of each party involved in catenary work, so that shift handovers and lockout-tagout procedures are carried out in accordance with best practices.
*SERCE: French association of electrical and climatic engineering companies
*OPPBTP: French professional organisation for prevention in construction and public works