Following my recent Talking Point on CDM 2015 and the implications for site investigation, I have managed to obtain feedback from an ex-HSE inspector and various health and safety professionals. There appears to be a difference of opinion as to whether CDM applies to ground investigation work, but as yet none of the opinions have been case tested.
The health and safety professionals typically tend towards site investigation being construction work and would recommend that it falls under CDM2015; in some instances this has also included archaeological works, which are specifically excluded from CDM. However, from the point of view of the ex-HSE inspector, it has been advised that unless the investigation is linked to definite construction work, CDM would not be considered to apply. Therefore investigation for due diligence, pre-planning, feasibility and Part 2A and similar would not necessarily fall under CDM. However, there is still a judgement call to be made and, regardless of CDM, serious implications of not implementing appropriate risk management procedures remain.
Jo Strange, regional director, CGL