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Protecting Australia's Underground Assets

Let’s face it, the headline to the right is not exactly something you want to wake up to in the Sunday paper let alone be responsible for.

In 1999 over 250,000 phone lines were blacked out in Orange, Penrith and Blacktown when a private contracting company sliced through eight optic fibre cables at Toongabbie in Sydney’s west.

Any company conducting excavations runs the risk of damaging Australia’s underground assets including telecommunications cables, gas pipes, water pipes, light sources and more.

The impact of this can be significant resulting in service interruptions, costly project delays, large damage bills, injury and even death.

These risks can be prevented through appropriate underground asset location training.

JB Hunter Technology (JBHT) delivers the two-day NULCA Underground Asset Location Course, which provides individuals with the skills and knowledge to accurately identify, locate and protect underground assets.

Individuals will learn how to use real asset location equipment using Dial Before You Dig plans.

Individuals will also receive the nationally accredited unit of competency ‘RIICCM202A – Identify, locate and protect underground services’ which can count as an elective in a Certificate II and III in Telecommunications.

Over the next three months this course will be delivered in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Newcastle and Sydney.

For course information or to register call 1800 672 933 or visit www.jbhunter.edu.au

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