This question only came about after a really bad day, today Fault-finding a 400V 3 Core + Neutral Screened Cable, laid the other day.
A guy that I do quite a bit of work for asked me if he could lay his own cable, if I stipulated the cable and the installation methods.
No worries I said, he rang me later to look at the cable before it was finally buried and I had no problems with it.
In hind-sight, I should have Meggered the darn thing!.
Went to hook up the cable (feeding a 3-phase pump) and tested the cable, I had a Dead-short over all 3 wires and to the Screening.
I eventually located the short to a section of cable that was buried .
I put a Tone Beacon down the cable and found the Fault, and dug up the damaged section, only to find a nasty piece of cable,that seemed a wee bit thinner than the rest of the cable.
I never had my D-cam, so I have no evidence of this.
It was just like it had been stretched during manufacture, in one place.
OK, so do you guys, pre-test cables, on the drum, before you install it?.