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.

AGS Safety WG – Terms of Reference


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Safety Shares

Safety Share - Sundstrom SR580 Failure

Published November 2023 Safety Share regarding Sundstrom SR580 Failure.

Safety Guidance

Safety Guidance - Welfare

Published October 2023 It is important, regardless to the working environment, that access to suitable and sufficient welfare is provided. When working…

Safety Shares

Safety Share - Contractor Prosecuted for Insufficient Welfare

Published October 2023 Safety Share regarding Contractor Prosecuted for Insufficient Welfare

Safety Shares

Safety Share - Pressurised Hose Whip Safety

Published October 2023 Safety share regarding Pressurised Hose Whip Safety.

AGS Annual Conference 2024

The AGS Annual Conference 2024 will be taking place on Thursday 25th April at One Great George Street in Westminster, London. This…

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Safety Shares

Safety Share - Safety Boot Integrity

Published August 2023 Safety Share regarding Safety Boot Integrity.


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Mitigating the risk of asbestos when using vacuum excavators in made ground

Vacuum excavation[1] is widely used in the ground investigation industry as a means of excavating inspection holes and trenches to check for…

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Guidance on the Opening of Core and Dynamic Sampler Liner

Introduction For engineering geologists in the UK ground investigation industry, the opening of core and dynamic sampler liners to enable the logging…

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Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Industry Accident Statistics 2022

Within the wider construction industry, the geotechnical & geoenvironmental industry has been criticised, sometimes for good reason, for a poor safety record.…

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The relationship between LOLER and drilling machines

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) requires industry bodies, such as the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS) and British Drilling…

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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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Driving at Work

Introduction In 2020, a government task force estimated that a third of all road traffic accidents involve someone at work. This accounts…


Adam Branson Card Geotechnics Limited
Adam Latimer Ian Farmer Associates
Alistair Cima CC Ground Investigations Ltd
Chris Dimelow Lankelma Ltd
Fiona White Geo-Integrity Ltd
AGS Safety WG Leader Jon Rayner AECOM Limited
Julian Lovell Equipe Training Limited
Liz Withington CC Ground Investigations Ltd
Madeleine Bardsley WSP
Margaret Lo Soils Limited
Marian Markham Jacobs UK Ltd
Michael Smith Specialist member
Neil Breach Fugro Limited
Nick Brown Hydrock Consultants Ltd
Owen Seymour WSP
Rachael Parry Geotechnical Engineering Ltd
Roseanna Bloxham RSK Environment Ltd
Steve Everton Jacobs UK Ltd
Tom Collins Applied Geology Ltd
Will Capps Delta-Simons