The European Federation of Foundation Contractors (EFFC) has announced that it has formed a working group to look at piling platform practices across Europe in a bit to improve best practice.
The initiative is being led by Keller managing director for north west Europe Jim De Waele who is working with EFFC member organisations from France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK’s Federation of Piling Specialists.
“Our purpose is to collect and summarise the different approaches to the provision of a safe working surface across Europe,” said De Waele.
“The various federations that make up the EFFC have wide ranging positions on this matter, some aspects are driven by the way legislation is applied in their countries, or the custom and practice of their industry or even a differing view of their membership.
“For these reasons we are not seeking to develop a pan European standard as successful implementation can only be done country by country. However, there is an appetite to move forwards, but at a pace contingent upon the regional circumstances.
“Hence the time is right to bring together a compendium that will allow the federations to understand the work that has been done in this area and to share and promote best practice in designing, installing, testing and maintaining safe working platforms across the EFFC.”
The group hopes to publish its findings in summer 2019.