|Opis:||Organisations have been facing expectations and requirements of various stakeholders when considering the requirements for quality, health and safety at work, sustainable development and last but not least, the responsible conduct towards the society in which an organisation operates. In such conditions, many organisations search for innovative ways to meet the basic and specific requirements of different stakeholders, such as society, regulators, employees as well as the expectations of their customers in order to increase the satisfaction with a service.
Current aspects on quality management and development of contemporary maintenance concepts open versatile possibilities of integrating different maintenance methods that lead an organisation to the efficient and effective management of maintenance processes. This recognition has contributed to the fact that the maintenance process has become an integral element of a strategic consideration of numerous stakeholders or interested parties in the organisation including employees, owners, local communities and the state.
Organisations invest large amount of funds and sources in innovative processes as they introduce new approaches to be able to achieve the objectives as well as to improve their performance. The efficient and effective management of business, production or service processes and the maintenance processes is of vital importance for a further successful development of organisations in many industries.
The introduction and implementation of maintenance of electrical installation using the live working method can be classified among the innovative efforts of organisations. Live working includes all activities in which a worker deliberately makes contact with live parts or reaches into the live working zone with either parts of his or her body or with tools, equipment or devices being handled.
Live working is a method of maintaining electrical installation that was originally established at the beginning of the 20th century. The first use of the method was mentioned as early as in 1913 in the USA. In spite of a hundred year tradition, live working has gained a new development impetus in the recent period due to the restructuring of the sector of transmission and distribution of electric power. It could be argued that by the opening of the electric power market, old monopolies in the electric power transfer and distribution seemed to have vanished. Numerous stakeholders with clear economic requirements exert increasing pressure on the operators of mobile and distribution networks in order to achieve higher electric power quality standards or quality electric power supply.
Although a hundred year tradition of live working exists, live working represents a new method of maintenance of electrical installation in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power as well as in the industry and different institutions (e.g. hospitals) in Slovenia. The latter brings to the forefront a research problem that has not been sufficiently addressed in prior literature.
Therefore, the main purpose of the doctoral thesis is to contribute to an in-depth research and understanding of live working within the framework of the quality, health and safety at work as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of maintenance processes of electrical installations.
A thorough literature review indicated that there is an extensive array of studies, manuals and scientific papers that deal with live working, but mostly with regard to the development of technology and live working methods at all voltage levels, development of tools and equipment and training of electricians. However, studies investigating the interaction between the quality management, health and safety at work and maintenance process performance of electrical installations by live working method are relatively scarce.|