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.


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Guidance on the Risk of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)

Current edition published January 2019. 1st Edition published July 2018. The legacy of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) contamination in the UK is becoming…


AGS Guidance on Slope Climbing Plant

Published 10th January 2019 • Slope climbing plant is now used in many ground investigations to mobilise drilling rigs and equipment to…


AGS Guidance on Manual Handling

Published 10th January 2019 • Manual handling injuries are part of a wider group of injuries collectively referred to as musculoskeletal disorders…


Guidance on Working on Highways and Trunk Roads

Current edition published November 2018. 1st Edition published September 2018. Roads are a very hazardous working environment and require a commensurate level…


Guidance on the Investigation of Derelict Sites

Published September 2018 Derelict sites will inevitably be ‘brownfield’ sites on account of previous development on the site. By implication such sites…


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AGS Safety Conference – Save the Date

The AGS are pleased to announce that a conference based on health and safety within the geotechnical and geoenvironmental industry, will take…

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PAS 128 – The Essentials

PAS 128 – what is it? Is it simply as a way standardising utility surveys or is it an attempt to minimise…

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AGS Magazine: September/October issue

The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the September/October 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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AGS Members’ Day 2018 – an overview from Neil Parry, AGS Chair

This year’s Members’ Day was held in the new venue of the National Motorcycle Museum, where the successful AGS Geotechnical Data Conference…


Safety WG Leader Adam Latimer Ian Farmer Associates
Henry Chapman Harrison Group Environmental Ltd
James Elson BAM Ritchies
James Harrison Delta-Simons Environmental Consultants Ltd
Jon Christie BAM Ritchies
Jon Rayner Hydrock Consultants Ltd
Chairman Elect Julian Lovell Equipe Training Limited
Kieran Gadd SOCOTEC
Madeleine Bardsley Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions UK Limited
Marian Markham CH2M
Matthew Peate Bachy Soletanche Ltd
Michael Coates Geotechnics Ltd
Michael Smith
Peter Boyd AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
Rob Ainsworth Soils Limited
Rob Vollans Structural Soils Ltd
Rosey Bloxham RSK Environment Ltd
Sandy David Listers Geotechnical Consultants Ltd
Steve Everton Jacobs UK Ltd
Tom Collins Applied Geology Ltd
Tristan Morgan WSP