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    GROUND CONDITIONS ASSESSMENT STANDARD SET BY CPA

    Draft guidance to reduce mobile construction plant risk of collapse

    The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) is inviting feedback on a new guidance document entitled Ground Conditions for Construction Plant which is now available as a draft for public comment.

    Failure of the ground on which construction plant stands and moves is a frequent cause of incidents and near misses together with a significant number of serious injuries and fatalities.

    The aim of the document is to provide clear guidance on the assessment of ground conditions and the measures that can be taken to improve ground and reduce loads imposed on the ground.

    Ground engineering can be a complex topic and part of the purpose of this guidance is to enable construction personnel to decide when they need to consult an expert geotechnical or structural engineer.

    Most construction plant covered by new guide

    The document covers most types of construction plant including, mobile cranes, tower cranes, excavators, MEWPS, telehandlers and piling rigs etc.

    The guidance addresses coordination of duties, with reference to CDM and to Temporary Works, and contains technical guidance presented in an accessible way.

    Participating organisations included HSE, the Environment Agency, UKCG, CECA, Temporary Works Forum, specialist contractor organisations, and others.

    The deadline for comments is 1st July 2014 and the draft guidance can be downloaded (free) from CPA website.

     

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