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Voting starts on new European rig safety standards

European voting on acceptance of the new standards for drilling equipment starts today and standards organisations across Europe have until 5 February 2014 to respond.

If accepted by more than 71% of the votes, new EN 16228 Drilling and foundation equipment – Safety standard will replace the existing EN 996:1996 Piling equipment – Safety requirements and EN 791:1996 Drill rigs – Safety standards.

According to the European Federation of Foundation Contractors, which has been closely involved in the development of EN 16228, the existing standards are not only very old but also are not in accordance with the European Machinery Directive. The existing standards also call for incompatible requirements which can cause issues for equipment that can be used for both bored and driven piling.

EN 16228 is a single standard with seven parts that cover all foundation and drilling equipment used in the construction industry with specific guidance on issues such as guarding, auger cleaners, lifting platforms, access and visibility.

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