Rising numbers of reports from members of the Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) that they are being asked to work on inadequate piling platforms has led to the FPS issuing a safety alert.
The FPS is urging piling contractors to ensure that working platforms have been properly risk assessed before starting work on site.
“It is concerning that as the economy improves, FPS members are increasingly reporting arriving on-site only to be met with a poor, or even no working platform; and this is extremely worrying,” said FPS chairman Jim De Waele.
“It is 13 years since FPS members passed a resolution agreeing not to commence work on any site unless a properly completed Working Platform Certificate had been issued. Since then, thankfully, the number of incidences of rig instability involving FPS members has declined significantly.
“However, now that we are witnessing an upturn in work, we must not forget the lessons of the past. We feel it right to raise awareness of this important and extremely safety critical issue, to the wider piling community and not just within the membership. We would also urge clients and principal contractors tempted to cut corners with such a safety critical area to consider the implications and to not put pressure on the piling contractor to work under such circumstances.”