CSTS Aquanaut Training

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Surveying 52km of 2.6m diameter concrete pipe160 people to be trainedOnly 2 weeks to do the surveyWeather dependent

Aquanauts, electric vehicle access systems (VAS) and diverting Manchester's entire water supply.  It could be a script for Mission Impossible but it was all part of a survey of one of the biggest and most important water pipes, the Haweswater Aqueduct.  Not a job for the faint hearted.

The Haweswater Aqueduct is 90km long, hundreds of feet deep in places and allows 570 million litres of water to flow from Cumbria to Manchester every day.  It took over 20 years to build and was commissioned in 1955 by the Manchester Corporation.  Gravity fed with a 1:3000 incline, a feat in itself.

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CSTS Ltd were responsible for the design, development and delivery of a very specific bespoke training package.  Working with United Utilities and Land & Marine at a purpose built facility in the heart of the Lake District.

Training consisted of City & Guilds Confined Space, Casualty Extraction, First Aid, AED, Fire Extinguisher, M Comms System, Water Hygiene, Slinging and Lifting and VAS all week with a complex scenario to evidence competency.

In the earlier planning stages the CSTS training Team along with CSTS Confined Space Support Teams actively actively contributed to the project.  Advice was given on potential hazards, equipment considerations and emergency procedures.  CSTS were there from start to finish with support given to the teams on the ground.  In fact they were there at every stage from slinging the first VAS to walking the first section with the survey teams.

CSTS were proud to be part of the project which because of its support, resulted in no incidents during its complex culmination.

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