One of the prime objectives of the Federation is:
“To reduce the incident rate in the industry through the sharing of knowledge between members and consultation with relative authorities, unions etc”.
Each member is fundamentally responsible at law for the implementation of Safe Working practices on their projects in accordance with the regulations applicable in the state that they are working in. The Federation will do whatever is deemed possible to bring to members attention the experiences of other members and of similar organisations elsewhere in the world. To view some of the initiatives being taken please follow the links below.
Incident Report System
In early 2007 the Members of the Federation endorsed a proposal to introduce a reporting system for its members so that members could better understand the nature of unsafe incidents occurring within the piling and foundation sector of the industry. This system was based on the system which had been in use by the European Federation of Foundation Contractors for the previous 12 years. The system has now been in operation for over 7 years and has provided us with a very useful data base from which to target improvements in the industry.The Australian statistics were also capable of being benchmarked against the European experience for the first time. The original system was upgraded in 2012 to provide even more detailed information.
Read more: Incident Report Results
Safe Working Platforms
Members of the Federation initiated a concerted campaign to improve working platforms required for piling rigs and associated equipment on project sites. This involved the introduction of a Working Platform Certificate. The objective of the campaign was to increase the awareness in the industry of the need for safe working platforms and the importance of maintaining them in good condition throughout the course of a project. This initiative has achieved a high degree of success in the industry for both piling operations and crane based operations.
Read more: Safe Platforms
The Federation has established an index of Safety Hazards applicable to the Piling and Foundation Engineering industry which is regularly updated from various sources worldwide. Members are encouraged to use these in their own in house safety training sessions, tool box meetings etc.
Read more: Safety Hazards