Openreach engineers ready for worst of winter weather

Openreach engineers ready for worst of winter weather

Published by Jack Deery at 10:00am 26th December 2019.

2 minute read

The company have released how many bits of equipment are being sent to their engineers across the South West.

Openreach have been stocking up on lots of new winter weather equipment to help their engineers get out and working, even in the harshest conditions. 

They've released the numbers on their seasonal shopping list: 

  • 62,000 kilograms of rock salt
  • 1,700 snow shovels
  • 3,400 ice and snow grips for footwear
  • 3,500 sets of snow socks for van tyres
  • 20,000 litres of screen wash
  • 20,000 de-icer sprays
Openreach Salisbury Broadband Radar June 2019
Openreach engineers have been working in Salisbury in recent months, as part of a project to bring full fibre broadband to the whole of the city

Openreach's Director of Operations in the South West, Andy Parham, said: 

"It's impossible to predict what kind of winter we're going to have, but we're doing everything we can to prepare for the worst it can offer. Our engineers are out and about in all conditions, whether that's fixing and maintaining the network, or working on some of our latest full fibre builds in places like Bristol, Exeter, Salisbury and Torquay.

Making sure they have access to the latest winter weather kit is not only important to help them do their job, but also essential to make sure they can stay safe, particularly in snow and ice. Our network covers some of the most remote places in the region, so this is something that's really important to us."

Openreach Salisbury Broadband Radar June 2019
Openreach engineers will be on call throughout the festive season

The company need to try and supply the gear to their 3,500 employees to make sure they can do their work properly. 

Anyone spotting any damage to the Openreach network following bad weather this winter, like loose, snapped or dangling cables, damaged telephone poles or missing manhole covers, can report it by visiting the Openreach website, or by calling 0800 023 2023.

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