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HSE warns piling firms

PILING FIRMS were warned last month to comply with health and safety legislation or risk having work halted by government inspectors.

Health & Safety Executive principal inspector Brian Brunswick gave the piling industry six months to fit auger cleaning devices and guards to piling rigs in accordance with legislation introduced in 1992.

After that HSE inspectors will be instructed to carry out spot checks on site and issue prohibition notices to contractors failing to comply with the law.

Although the legislation came into force seven years ago, more than 35% of continuous flight auger rigs have auger cleaning devices and 'virtually none' are guarded, said Brunswick.

Plant manufacturers claimed they had not been fully aware of the law but would now alter the specification of their machines.

The Federation of Piling Specialists has set up a working party to ensure all its members met the legislation.

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