1.1 The Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) Auger Safety Working Group was formed following a meeting with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), in April 1999. The working group included representatives from the FPS, HSE and rig manufacturers and has continued to meet from time to time since 1999 to ensure that these guidance notes remain current.
1.2 These guidance notes seek to identify a practical approach to The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 as amended 2002, as they apply to rigs used in the bored piling industry. The Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) chaired a working group to consider continuous flight auger piling, rotary bored piling, displacement auger piling and limited access augered piling. The remit has since been extended to cover mini-piling and cased secant piling. The British Drilling Association (BDA) chaired a second working group to consider small diameter drilling and mini-piling.
1.3 These guidance notes cover continuous flight auger, rotary bored piling, displacement auger piling, cased secant piling and mini piling. Small diameter drilling, which is commonly used for grouting, soil nailing and ground anchoring applications, is covered elsewhere and reference should be made to the BDA Guidance Notes.
1.4 A new European Standard (BS EN 16228) for rig safety is nearing completion and should become available in 2014. This will replace BS EN 791 and BS EN 996 which will be withdrawn 6 months after publication of the new standard. The FPS Guidance takes account of much of of BS EN 16228 but will be further reviewed once the final version is available.
FPS – Guidance on PUWER Edition 2b (Dec13)