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Paddock Power – Important Guidelines 2016

Posted on March 24, 2016

P1000801 Important Guidelines - when our sponsor JM Technical Group are supplying the paddock power/

  • NO cables across active roadways
  • Beware of creating trip hazards
  • Do not overload extension cables
  • Equipment must be checked and suitable for the purpose
  • If wet, all connections must be IP rated or enclosed
  • Please use the supply responsibly for the benefit of all
  • Generator being turned off at 11.00pm.

The  JMT generator  is 3 phase and produces 60 amp per phase, this gives us a total of 180 amps to work with. With 56(ish) cars per event that works out to be 3 amps per car, once we factor in diversity of approximately 50% every car will have 6 amps minimum.

All outlets will be 16 amp blue single phase these will be fused at 16amps to allow for bigger loads like compressors. In the interest of fairness to all, if competitors ‘stress’  the paddock power provided by connecting heaters, cookers and other continuous loads it will become necessary to down rate the trips to 6 amps.  Please use the supply considerately, low power devices (as will be familiar to caravanners) or simply turning one device off before running another will help maintain this facility for everyone.

The generator at full load consumes  10 liters/hour .  We will shut the generator down after 11pm. 

As part of designing to cope with the expected load, the bigger teams(Avit, Fern etc) will have a 32 amp single phase supply which will be supplied via  a splitter box providing  16amp outlets. It is necessary to ask that they do not use other sockets so everyone gets access to power outlets.

JMT  have a duty of care as they own the infrastructure and need to put certain things in place to ensure the safety and integrity of the supply.

- We will only allow proper extension cables to be plugged into the power distribution boards (Artic blue cable, orange caravan extensions.....) with the cable cross-section of 1.5mm^2 or greater.P1000844

- We will not allow the 16A to 13a domestic adapters to be plugged directly into our power distribution boards, however these type adapters can be used in the competitors awning or area.

- We will not allow domestic extensions to be used to connect our distribution boards to the competitors awning, once in their awning the competitor is free to select any suitable leads they need.

- Any extensions that are in a poor state of repair will not be permitted to be plugged in.

- No paddock road crossings

To help competitors JMT  can provide 10m leads for cost @ the price P1000843of £15.
All electrical items must be checked by a competent person and be suitable for use and should only be used for their intended purpose. Ensure that equipment and leads are suitable for location and environment. If it’s wet make sure your connections are suitably IP rated or enclosed.

Do not overload extension leads. Ensure your leads are fully unwound.

Consider trip hazard when running any leads. Do not leave coils in walkways. Underneath trailers can be a convenient location to lose any slack cable.

Remember, the paddock is not only a working area, it is also a public area. Take this in to account when using any equipment.

MSVR have asked us to highlight their Health and Safety requirements, with a particular emphasis on Working at Height and the use of paddock vehicles (Vehicle Safety) as detailed in the H&S appendix attached to the Supplementary Regulations for each event.

HSE website links than may be helpful.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/hsg107.pdf

http://www.hse.gov.uk/electricity/faq-portable-appliance-testing.htm

 

If you are not sure about anything, please ask. 

 

 

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