Working Group Loss Prevention

We provide Members with information and advice to enable proper management of risk to the benefit of both the Member and the Client. The group’s activities include the preparation of Loss Prevention Alerts, Loss Prevention Guidance, Client Guides and Newsletter articles about current and emerging legal, contractual and insurance issues.

Strategic Plan

To enable improved management of our Members’ business risk exposure and financial performance by providing procedural support and good practice guidance.
This will be achieved through the publication of advice in;

  • Newsletter articles,
  • Loss Prevention Guidance.;
  • Loss Prevention Alerts
  • Client Guides
  • AGS Publications and Position Papers

Permanent Objectives

1. To keep under review the following areas affecting members’ business risk exposure:

  1. the law;
  2. insurance policies and claims;
  3. the commercial environment; and
  4. business risk management issues.

2. To identify:

  1. new developments in the areas under review (such as new legislation);
  2. areas of risk to members’ businesses;
  3. trends in good or bad practice in the industry (in the UK and other countries);
  4. changes in the trading environment; and
  5. opportunities to influence and educate clients and practitioners in allied fields, including the law and insurance.

3. To produce:

  1. documents informing members of changes or emerging trends;
  2. advice on how to deal with such changes or trends;
  3. guidance on the current legal, insurance and business risk issues;
  4. documents promoting good practice on contractual and risk management issues; and
  5. response to government consultation documents where issues of risk and liability exposure arise.

4. To communicate to members and others using:

  1. the AGS newsletter;
  2. Loss Prevention Alerts – short papers on specific topics of immediate concern;
  3. Loss Prevention Guidance  – more informative papers on specific topics which together form a useful guidance document;
  4. published booklets – more substantial published documents on specific topics;
  5. Client Guides – leaflets on topics which the AGS would like to bring to clients’ attention;
  6. the AGS website;
  7. the AGS Legal Helpline service provided by solicitors BLM;
  8. the AGS Chemical Hotline provided by Marquis and Lord and
  9. formal and informal contacts with other trade associations, government bodies and other organisations and individuals.

Additional Specific Objectives for 2014/15

  1. Promote more widely the advisory and guidance documents produced by the Loss Prevention Working Group and get feedback on their use
  2. Review all LPAs (for currency etc.) – date and up-date on web site
  3. Prepare a framework document of guidance for Consultants when requested to provide as built drawings
  4. Prepare a Client Guide on Client expectations for institutional and other memberships relevant to ground engineering
  5. Prepare a Loss Prevention Alert on Intellectual Property Rights
  6. Review and up-date LPA 14 – Consequence of damage to underground services
  7. Publish LPA on Net Contribution Clauses
  8. Publish LPA on piling damage to live railway tunnel
  9. Publish AGS Guide to writing Ground Reports
  10. Publicise Ground Reports guide in Newsletter
  11. Publish LPA on sentencing guidance for environmental, health & safety violations
  12. Review Collateral Warranties document and up-date/ publicise as appropriate.

Members

Zita Mansi BLM Solicitors
Guy Lane BLM Solicitors
Peter Boyd AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
Jo Strange Card Geotechnics Limited
Chris Hoskins CH Consultancy Ltd
Russell Jones Golder Associates UK Ltd
Tim White Marquis & Lord
Dave Hutchinson Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
Rachel Griffiths Fugro GeoServices Limited
Sarah McNeil Griffiths and Armour
Nora Fung Arup Geotechnics
Keith Gabriel Gabriel GeoConsulting Ltd
Chris Vincett Hydrock Consultants Ltd
AGS Chairman Neil Parry Geotechnical Engineering Ltd
Loss Prevention Leader Hugh Mallett Buro Happold, Ground Engineering
Barry Gore Leap Environmental Ltd
Syd Pycroft Blue Anchor Ground Engineering Ltd
Johanna Jennings Forum Court Associates

Articles

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AGS Magazine – November/December issue

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AGS Members’ Day: 7th April 2016

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Intellectual Property Rights

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AGS Guide to Good Report Writing 2015

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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News Caroline Kratz

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Loss Prevention CDM 2015

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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AGS Chemical and Legal Helplines

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Article Ciaran Jennings

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Loss Prevention Working Group Report

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BGS Question and Answer

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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PI Requests for Higher Limits of Indemnity

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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Asbestos PII Update

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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Insurance Claim Refusals

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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The Big Question

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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Successful Tender

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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EN 1990 Alteration

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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Payment and Protection

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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Sign off Responsibility

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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Are your e-mails and websites legal

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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CONSULTANTS VULNERABLE TO A CONVICTION?

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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The Role of an Expert Witness

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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AGS PI Insurance Survey

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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Charging Interest on Late Payments

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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Electronic Tenders and Email

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Both the Loss Prevention WG and the Business Practice WG have raised questions about e-business and email that highlight a degree of…

Letter to the Editor

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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EU ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITY DIRECTIVE

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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INSURANCE CORNER

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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ENVIRONMENTAL INSURANCE

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

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Publications

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LPA 64 – EA, SR2015 No 36

Loss Prevention Alerts

Published September 2017 Installing and using site investigation boreholes and temporary trial pits within a main river floodplain for a period of…