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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Safety Guidance

Guidance for Working on Rail Infrastructure

Published July 2019 This guidance is written for anyone involved in geotechnical or geo-environmental work on Network Rail’s Managed Infrastructure (NRMI).  Separate…

Safety Guidance

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…

Safety Guidance

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…

Safety Guidance

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…

AGS Documents

AGS Business Plan

Published in November 2018 This document is the AGS Business Plan which was published in November 2018.

Safety Guidance

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…


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Health and Safety – Lego Style

The AGS Safety Working Group hosted the ‘Safety in Mind’ conference at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, UK, on Thursday, 21 November…

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“Emergency rescue from a trial pit – are you prepared?”

This is the second of a series of articles related to safety and trial pitting, following the June 2019 AGS Magazine article…

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AGS Safety in Mind Conference Overview and Speaker Presentations

The AGS Safety in Mind Conference was held on 21st November 2019 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham and sponsorship was…

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Manual Handling Operations – Have you assessed your risk?

As the litigious nature of society grows and employees appear to be encouraged more than ever to pursue claims with their employers,…

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Trial Pitting – Still Fit for Purpose?

Trial pitting and trial trenching have long been a popular investigation tool within the geotechnical and geo-environmental industry. Trial pits and trial…

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AGS Awards 2019

This year’s AGS Awards took place during the Annual General Meeting at AGS Annual Conference 2019 on Wednesday 3rd April at the…


Safety WG Leader Adam Latimer Ian Farmer Associates
Chris Dimelow Lankelma Ltd
Chris Lightowler Soil Engineering
Henry Chapman Harrison Group Environmental Ltd
James Elson BAM Ritchies
Jon Christie BAM Ritchies
Jon Rayner Hydrock Consultants Ltd
Chair Julian Lovell Equipe Training Limited
Kieran Gadd SOCOTEC
Lindsey Marie RSK Environment Ltd
Madeleine Bardsley Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions UK Limited
Marian Markham CH2M
Matthew Peate SOCOTEC
Michael Coates Geotechnics Ltd
Michael Smith
Owen Seymour WSP
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