PPE kits useful for those working on high tension cables too
Thrissur: We might think that PPE kits are meant to be used only by healthcare workers. However, people who working on high tension electric lines also use PPE kits, to protect themselves from electric shocks.
This has been implemented in Tamil Nadu, among experienced employees who have to deal with high tension cables. Employees can work without switching off the electricity lines and sub stations after wearing these PPE kits. The kits can resist electric shocks even on 400 kV lines. The kit includes helmets, goggles and shoes as well.
Only those people who have undergone training at Hot Line Training Centre in Bengaluru will be permitted to work with the kit. The institute offers training to only physically fit people as the job demands working on high tension lines and on big towers.
One kit costs more than Rs 2 lakh. However, suspending electricity on 400 kV line for more than 4 hours can cost Rs 16 lakh.
These are yet to be introduced in Kerala.