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.

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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.


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The New Yellow Book – UK Specification for Ground Investigation

The UK Specification for ground investigation (the Yellow Book) has been revised by an industry working group led by the AGS and…

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The Development of a Degree Apprenticeship in Geoscience

This free webinar from the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists will focus on the topic; The Development of a Degree Apprenticeship…

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Client Guide

Client Guide to Domestic Basement Construction: Version 3

Published in July 2021 (replaces Version 2 which was published in October 2017) Increasing the size of domestic properties by digging basements…

Loss Prevention Alerts

LPA 71 - Duty to Warn on a Construction Project – Managing the Risk

Published May 2021 Construction operations, if not undertaken with appropriate care, have the potential to cause serious harm to those involved and…

AGS Documents

AGS Interim Strategic Plan 2021

Published March 2021 This document is the AGS Interim Strategic Plan 2021.  

[WEBINAR] Ground Risk: Landslide Risk Reduction

 This webinar from the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists will focus on ground risk, in particular landslide risk reduction. The…

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UK Specification for Ground Investigation (third edition) – Now Available for Purchase

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the third edition of the UK Specification for Ground Investigation – also known as ‘Yellow…

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Revised AGS Client Guide to Domestic Basement Construction

Construction of basements beneath houses in central London remains a buoyant market, which is good news for the sector.  Not so great,…

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AGS Award Results 2021

The results are in! We’re pleased to announce the winners of this years AGS Awards: Loss Prevention Rachel Griffiths (Award) Russell Jones…

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Loss Prevention Webinar Series: Commercial Risks and How to Manage Them

On 27th January and 3rd February 2021, the AGS Loss Prevention Working Group hosted their first webinar series entitled Commercial Risks and…

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Waiver of Subrogation – What does it mean and can it be a problem?

The AGS Glossary of Useful Professional Indemnity Insurance Phrases defines subrogation as follows: “Under the terms of the insurance contract an insurer…

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Professional Indemnity Insurance Update

As we commence a New Year, the availability and cost of Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance remains a key concern for many practices. …


Allan Bell Hydrock Consultants Ltd
Chris Hoskins Honorary Member
Chris Vincett Hydrock Consultants Ltd
Dave Hutchinson Honorary Member
Hugh Mallett Buro Happold, Ground Engineering
Loss Prevention WG Leader Jo Strange Card Geotechnics Limited
Johanna Jennings Forum Court Associates
Murray Bateman Geo-Integrity Ltd
Neil Griffiths Geotechnics Ltd
Neil Parry Geotechnical Engineering Ltd
Nora Fung Arup Geotechnics
Peter Plumpton Nicholls Colton Geotechnical
Rachel Griffiths Fugro Limited
Russell Jones Golder Associates UK Ltd
Sarah McNeil Griffiths and Armour
Scott O’Neill AECOM Limited
Syd Pycroft Practitioner member
Tim White Marquis & Lord
Zita Mansi Beale & Co