I refer to your article 'Taywood advertisement angers HSE' (NCE 18 February). Brian Brunswick of the Health & Safety Executive did indeed point out in December 1998 that the Taylor Woodrow Foundation Engineering advertisement featured an unacceptable working practice in that the auger on the CFA rig had not been cleaned. The ad was originally compiled prior to TWFE's rigs being delivered and regrettably a photograph provided by the manufacturer in Spain was used. For the avoidance of doubt Taylor Woodrow's CFA rigs are fitted with auger cleaners and the Company strongly enforces the practice of ensuring augers are cleaned.
I have discussed with Brian Brunswick both the aspect of auger cleaning and other matters of safety on piling sites in detail and look forward to the meeting he is holding on 15 April.
I would like to point out that Brian will be one of several speakers at the forthcoming Federation of Piling Specialists' Seminar 'Rethinking piling and foundations' being held at the BRE, Garston, Watford (details from Dianne Jennings, FPS (0181) 663 0947).
Terry Crabb (M), general manager, Taylor Woodrow Foundation Engineering, 345 Ruislip Road, Southall, Middlesex, UB1 2QX