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    AVOIDING UNDERGROUND SERVICES NEW TRAINING MATERIALS

    Highways maintenance industry body publishes ‘Breaking New Ground’ DVD

    The Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA) is the trade organisation representing service providers who look after over 75% of the highway network in Great Britain.

    In conjunction with Working Well Together (WWT) the HTMA has now produced a DVD is designed to be used to:

    • raise awareness of the importance of responsible digging; and
    • as a training tool for designers, utilities, clients, management, engineers and supervisors and operatives.

    Striking underground utilities creates significant risk of death or injury to those carrying out the work. Service strikes also cause considerable disruption to the public and substantial cost to industry.

    Essential viewing for all involved

    The two-part DVD is described as “essential viewing for everyone involved in design, planning and carrying out the work”.

    Part One: provides an insight into the consequences of service strikes. People with first hand knowledge share their experience of the physical, emotional and financial costs.

    Part Two: covers best practice for ensuring that work is carried out safely. The modular design of this part allows users to selecet the segments appropriate to their audience and where necessary integrate them into a broader training programme.

    Copies are priced at £50 each or at £30 each for Local Authorities, Highways Agency, Transport Scotland, Transport Directorate – Welsh Assembly, Northern Ireland Roads Service, Transport for London, etc.

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