Socotec has introduced a new drill rig induction scheme onto all of its ground investigation projects where drill rigs are operated.
Socotec contractors are now duty bound to deliver a site induction for clients, engineers, site personnel and any other person on site of the potential hazards of drilling rigs.
In addition to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Socotec’s UK resource manager Gareth Mews has introduced the new scheme to ensure everyone working within the vicinity of a drill rig is given a rig induction.
Mews said: “The potential risks associated with ground investigation works go beyond slippery work surfaces or fatigue. If organisations are inducting people with generic site safety procedures, then it is equally important – if not more so, given the potential risks – to introduce all of those on site to the potential hazards associated with working on and around the drill rig.
“It’s a case of making everyone aware of the potential dangers and equipping them with the basic knowledge of rig safety protocols. No person should enter the danger zone without the express permission of the lead driller and said danger zones should be made clear - but it’s important that this information and other instructions are transparent from the beginning to avoid unnecessary accidents.”