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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AGS Guidance on Lyme Disease

There are around 900 reported cases of Lyme disease in the UK each year, although estimates suggest there may actually be 2000–3000…

Safety Alerts

Safety Alert - HS2 - High Potential Incident (HiPo)

During a recent Ground Investigation (GI) on behalf of HS2, it is suspected that cable percussion boring equipment made contact with the…


AGS Guidance for the Safe Excavation of Trial Pits

Published December 2016 This guidance is written for mechanically excavated unsupported trial pits and trenches used for geotechnical and geoenvironmental investigations. Deep…


Geotechnical Sites RAG List

Published in May 2016 CDM Red, amber and green lists Red, amber and green lists are practical aides to designers on what…


Geotechnical Health and Safety Standards

Published in May 2016 This document provides guidance on the minimum standard of health and safety training applicable to those who direct,…


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AGS Members’ Day 2018 – Programme and Registration

AGS Members’ Day 2018 is taking place on Wednesday 11th April at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. Celebrating 30 years of…

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AGS Safety Working Group: November 2017 Meeting Update

The final AGS Safety Working Group meeting of 2017 took place on 14th November 2017 in London and the Safety Leader, Adam…

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AGS Magazine – January/February issue

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

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Change for Safety – Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty have created a video called ‘Change for Safety’. Click here to view the video. If you have any safety alerts…

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AGS Magazine – November/December issue

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

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AGS Members Day 2017 and Speaker Presentations

AGS Members Day 2017 was held on 6th April 2017 at the Barbican. The day was a great success and well attended…


Safety WG Leader Adam Latimer Ian Farmer Associates
Andy Symis RSA Geotechnics Ltd
Ashley Nicholls Southern Testing Laboratories
Bhavika Ramrakhyani Costain Limited
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 Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure UK Limited
Marian Markham CH2M
Michael Coates Geotechnics Ltd
Neil Breach British Drilling Association
Peter Boyd AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
Rob Ainsworth Soils Limited
Sandy David Listers Geotechnical Consultants Ltd
Steve Everton Jacobs UK Ltd
Tom Collins Applied Geology Ltd