Working Group Safety

The Safety Working Group’s aims are to promote safety awareness for the geotechnical and geoenvironmental industry.

Strategic Plan

The Safety Working Group aims to provide guidance and links to relevant documents via this web page.

We produce regular updates throughout the year and all guidance documents are downloadable to make them as accessible as possible.

We aim to provide generic guidance to inform practice – it should be noted that for every site a specific risk assessment must be made to assess the actual site hazards present and how they can be addressed to minimise risks to people and property.


James Elson BAM Ritchies
Neil Breach British Drilling Association
Steve Everton Jacobs UK Ltd
Jon Rayner Hydrock Consultants Ltd
Andy Symis RSA Geotechnics Ltd
Peter Boyd AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
Madeleine Bardsley Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure UK Limited
Bhavika Ramrakhyani Costain Limited
Tom Collins Applied Geology Ltd
Marian Markham CH2M
Sandy David Listers Geotechnical Consultants Ltd
Ashley Nicholls Southern Testing Laboratories
Rob Ainsworth Soils Limited
James Harrison Delta-Simons Environmental Consultants Ltd
Henry Chapman Harrison Group Environmental Ltd
Chairman Elect Julian Lovell Equipe Training Limited
Safety WG Leader Adam Latimer Ian Farmer Associates
Jon Christie BAM Ritchies
Kieran Gadd Environmental Scientifics Group
Michael Coates Geotechnics Ltd


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AGS Magazine – November/December issue

Article News Caroline Kratz

The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the launch of their new bi-monthly publication; AGS Magazine. To view…

AGS Members’ Day 2017

06th Apr 2017 Event News

Thank you for your attendance and contributions at this year’s Members’ Day 2017 at the Barbican, which was a great success. Special…

AGS SWG Call for Safety Alerts

Article Ann-Marie Casserly


AGS Members’ Day: 7th April 2016

Article News Caroline Kratz

The AGS is pleased to announce details of Members’ Day 2016, which is taking place on Thursday 7th April 2016 at the…

Hard Shoulder, Near Miss. Stay Safe!

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Please click the below link to see a video clip of a near miss on the hard shoulder. If you have…

News Caroline Kratz

The Ground Engineering Awards is back and celebrating nine years of showcasing the very best in the industry. Entries are now open…

AGS Members’ Day 2016

News Caroline Kratz

AGS Members’ Day 2016 will take place on Thursday 7th April at the prestigious Barbican Centre in London. This full day seminar…

Loss Prevention CDM 2015

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Image Credit: Ace Work Gear, There appears a general consensus that working for a commercial competent supply chain and client, CDM2015 is…

AGS Members’ Day 2015 Summary

Article News Caroline Kratz

The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists’ annual Members’ Day event recently took place at the prestigious Royal Geographical Society, located in…

Safety Group Report

Report Ciaran Jennings

Julian Lovell, Chairman, AGS Safety Working Group writes: Below is the latest report from our Safety Group which this quarter has been…

Asbestos PII Update

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

The subject of asbestos cover is one that has been in the spotlight for many years since the restriction (and in some…

Be On Your Guard

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

During recent years our industry has made great progress in providing rig guarding for piling and drilling rigs. Responding to the well…

The Contractor ’s Problem

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

You arrive on site with detailed plans of the buried services.  The electricity and telecommunications can be readily confirmed with your Cable…

The Consultant’s Problem

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

There is still a perception within the industry, and sadly, this includes some CDM-Co-ordinators (CDM-C), that it is not necessary to appoint…

Putting Safety First

Uncategorized Ann-Marie Casserly

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 Introduction This new Act came into force on 6th April 2008.  An offence is…

The Dangers of Trial Pitting

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

This is Alex Wright. Alex was a 27 year old experienced geotechnical engineer. He lost his life on Friday 5th September 2008…

AGS manual handling

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

More than a quarter of accidents that have occurred at work and have been reported to the enforcing authorities each year, are…

Defence cost in criminal prosecutions

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

It is probably common knowledge that fines arising from Criminal Prosecutions for Health and Safety breaches are not covered by a designer’s…

Establishing Ground Rules

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Concerns over the place of Ground investigations in relation to CDM led John Banks and Mouchel Parkman to raise queries with HSE…

Underground Services and Utility Plans

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Figures provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) record around 30 fatalities a year through contact with electricity. Most of these…

Drilling down into industry safety

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Site investigation companies should expect increased HSE attention following the recent successful prosecution of CET Limited following an accident where a drill…

Letter to The Editor

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Sir, Richard Thomas’ letter published in last month’s edition of the AGS Newsletter opens up an interesting debate on how we quantify…

Hand Arm Vibration

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

HSE are becoming seriously concerned about hand arm vibration while breaking down piles. Members of the Federation of Piling Specialists have experienced…

Letters to the Editor

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Integrating archaeology into geotechnical surveys Dear Colleague Unexpected archaeological discoveries can cause costly construction delays. There are number of things which AGS…

CSCS – What you need to know

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

The CSCS Scheme was set up in 1995 and there are currently more than 600,000 card holders covering more than 170 occupations.…

What Is Finalling?

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

In future the NHBC will adopt a consistent approach to determining what will and what will not prevent the necessary confirmation that…

AGS Insurance Questions

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

1. What is the insurance position if there is third party damage when acting as a consultant? Basically the answer depends on…

A Safe Pair of Hands

Article Ann-Marie Casserly

Responsibility, Safety and Operative Competence in the Geotechnical Industry Brian Stringer, British Drilling Association National Secretary Did you know that everyone in…


Article Ann-Marie Casserly

The AGS Safety Manual for Investigation Sites was first published in 1992. It has now been extensively revised and extended to reflect…


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