SFPSG Guidance on Ground Conditions for Construction Plant

Added 20 Nov 2019
Last updated

Construction plant is a vital part of the construction process. Plant stability often depends on the integrity of the ground on which it stands. If the ground fails, plant can overturn or collapse. In the past such incidents have led to a significant number of serious accidents, some tragically fatal. Not only do these accidents have a terrible cost in terms of human suffering, they also have a significant financial cost for all concerned. Consequently there is a very strong business case for improving safety performance.

Effective assessment of ground conditions is essential to assist with safe installation, setting up and operation of construction plant.

The purpose of this guidance is to help those involved with planning and carrying out plant operations to achieve a better awareness of ground conditions and how plant selection and use can affect the ground.

This guidance will also help those carrying out ground assessment to be aware of their own limitations - ground engineering can be a complex topic. It will help with planning simple operations and help site staff to work more effectively with experts. It is essential that all involved in planning plant operations know when to stop and seek advice from a structural or geotechnical engineer.

This guidance has been developed by a working group representing all parts of the industry. It provides clarity on the assessment of ground conditions and will help construction plant suppliers and users improve health and safety standards. The guidance addresses planning, ground assessment, plant selection and measures to ensure ground stability. The advice in this document is straightforward, comprehensive and easy to adopt. This guidance may go further than the minimum you need to do to comply with the law.

Ref: CPA 1402