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ENGINEERING STUDENTS HELP TO IMPROVE SAFETY AT CATS TERMINAL

Posted on September 25, 2017

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Two final year engineering students from Teesside University have recently completed a project that will help to minimise risk and improve safety at the CATS terminal.

Ethan Hill and Phil Manley, who are both set to graduate from Teesside University in BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering, carried out two in-depth, systematic reviews of the company’s electrical equipment and power supplies. 

Ethan and Phil worked with Neville Winter, Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering at Teesside University over a six-month period, to carry out the work and make recommendations to improve onsite safety.

Darren Bethall, Wood Group’s Responsible Electrical Person at the CATS terminal, completed his BEng (Hons) Instrumentation & Control Engineering at Teesside University part-time, and was keen to provide students with an opportunity to work on a real project. 

He said: “Operation of industrial electrical switchgear by personnel exposes them to potential injury from electrical system faults; such incidents are known as arc flash. In order to understand arc flash risks, a power system study was required. Phil and Ethan completed this engineering study, identified arc flash hazards and appropriate controls to minimise risk and improve safety. 

“Phil and Ethan have been fantastic, working to an extremely high standard and carrying out work that we would ordinarily commission an external company to do. 

“They are both extremely talented and conscientious and the recommendations they have made will be incorporated into our safety procedures and used to validate our arc flash PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).”

Phil has secured a job as an assistant electrical engineer at JBA Engineering in Billingham, and Ethan is set to continue studying at Teesside and progress onto the master’s degree. 

Neville Winter said: “It is vital that our students are given opportunities like this and both Phil and Ethan have excelled, providing a first class service to Wood Group, who operate the CATS Terminal on behalf of CATS Management Limited, and helping to improve its safety procedures.”

CATS has an outstanding safety record, and in 2017, marked a significant and notable milestone by achieving 14 years without a Lost Time Incident.

Photo left to right: Darren Bethal, Ethan Hill and Phil Manley.