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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Loss Prevention Alerts

LPA 68 - Guidance on Duty of Care arising from Third Party reliance on a geotechnical report: BDW Trading Ltd v Integral Geotechnique (Wales) Ltd [2018] EWHC 1915 (TCC)

On 25 July 2018 the Technology and Construction Court (“TCC”) handed down judgment in the case of BDW Trading Ltd v Integral…

Loss Prevention Guidance

Loss Prevention Guidance 2017 - Non-member

This AGS Loss Prevention Guidance has a charge of £50 + VAT for non-members. If you are an AGS Member wishing to…

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Loss Prevention Guidance

Loss Prevention Guidance 2017 - AGS Member

This AGS Loss Prevention Guidance is free to AGS Members. If you download this version as a non-member, the AGS will require…

Loss Prevention Alerts

LPA 67 - Japanese Knotweed – Professionals should know the law and their responsibilities

Originally published February 2018. Updated September 2018. In the County Court case of Waistell v Network Rail (2017), Network Rail was ordered…

Loss Prevention Alerts

LPA 66 - Overview and Review of the Construction Act Payment Provisions

Published February 2018 Part II of the Housing Grants (Construction and Regeneration Act) 1996 (“the Act”) requires all “construction contracts” (as defined…

Client Guide

Client Guide to Domestic Basement Construction: Version 2

Published in October 2017 Increasing the size of domestic properties by digging basements has become very popular in recent years. This can…


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Problems with getting paid

Introduction Cash is the lifeblood of any business and without it employees, suppliers and even the tax man cannot be paid. Delayed…

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LPA 65 – MT Hojgaard AS v E.ON Climate and Renewables UK Robin Rigg East Ltd & Anor [2017] UKSC 59

The AGS LPA No.65 reports on the case of MT Højgaard A/S v E.ON Climate and Renewables UK and sets out some…

News -

AGS Magazine: September/October issue

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

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Network Rail – Safety Moment – Portland Park Embankment

The safety moment from Network Rail below describes discusses a worker who fell a short way down embankment and lacerated his leg…

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AGS Magazine: July/August issue

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

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Introduction to LPA 66 – Overview and Review of the Construction Act Payment Provisions

Part II of the Housing Grants (Construction and Regeneration Act) 1996 sets out provisions to ensure that payments are made promptly throughout…


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