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

Application of PUWER & LOLER to Land Drilling

Published January 2021. This document provides a practical means of how the land drilling industry can comply with PUWER and LOLER but…

Safety Guidance

Guidance on Training and Competence

Published in December 2020. This version replaces the previous version which was published in May 2015. Introduction The Health and Safety at…

Safety Guidance

Rotary Rig Supervisor’s Check List

Published October 2020. This version replaces Rotary Rig Inspection Sheet.

Safety Guidance

Cable Percussion Supervisor’s Check List

Published October 2020. This version replaces Cable Percussion Rig Set-up Checklist.

Safety Guidance

Dynamic Sampling Supervisor’s Check List

Published October 2020. This version replaces Dynamic Sampling Rig Checklist.

Safety Guidance

Guidance on dealing with contamination during a ground investigation

Published September 2020. This version replaces ‘Guidance on dealing with contamination during an intrusive investigation’ which was published in 2012. This guidance…


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Contamination During a Ground Investigation

The Safety Working Group aims to provide guidance to inform practice and aims to produce regular updates throughout the year.  It was…

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AGS Helplines

Currently the AGS offer helplines to all Member companies and practitioners with respect to: the AGS Data Format (the discussion forum on…

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AGS Diversity Statement

The AGS is a non-profit trade association that is managed by elected individuals from member organisations, none of whom are paid by…

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AGS Safety WG – Update

Roseanna Bloxham, AGS Safety Working Group Leader, has provided an update from the Groups most recent meeting, which was held virtually on…

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Working at Height During Trial Pitting: How Far is So Far as Reasonably Practicable?

This paper was the subject of a presentation at the AGS Safety in Mind conference in November 2019, and started by asking…

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AGS Awards 2020

Below are the list of recipients of this year’s AGS Awards. We would like to thank all Working Group participants for their…


Adam Branson Card Geotechnics Limited
Adam Latimer Ian Farmer Associates
Alistair Cima CC Ground Investigations Ltd
Chris Dimelow Lankelma Ltd
Chris Lightowler Soil Engineering
Henry Chapman Harrison Group Environmental Ltd
Jim Clifford Delta-Simons Environmental Consultants Ltd
Jon Christie BAM Ritchies
Jon Rayner AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
AGS Chair Julian Lovell Equipe Training Limited
Kieth Burnham SOCOTEC
Lindsey Marie RSK Environment Ltd
Liz Withington CC Ground Investigations Ltd
Madeleine Bardsley Wood Group UK Limited
Marian Markham Jacobs UK Ltd
Matthew Peate SOCOTEC
Michael Smith
Nick Brown Hydrock Consultants Ltd
Owen Seymour WSP
Safety WG Leader Rosey Bloxham RSK Environment Ltd
Sandy David Listers Geotechnical Consultants Ltd
Steve Everton Jacobs UK Ltd
Steven Harris AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
Tom Collins Applied Geology Ltd