Here at IBEX CE, we conduct a variety of geotechnical investigations and site assessments for clients across the UK. Utilising state-of-the-art equipment and extensive knowledge of ground investigations and the construction industry, we are able to offer cost-effective solutions for a wide range of projects. With over 18 years of experience, we are dedicated to fulfilling clients’ expectations with convenience, efficiency and safety.

Each of our procedures, no matter how simple or complex, is subject to an extensive assessment of risk and hazards. Instead of simply acknowledging these risks, IBEX is determined to place effective controls in place to protect our team and clients at the highest priority. One of our frequently performed services, the plate load test, is subject to the same standards.

Within this article, we offer an insight into the contents and purpose of method statements. We also provide a clear understanding of the information that you can expect within a plate load test method statement. If you require any of our services, including plate load testing, don’t hesitate to contact IBEX Consulting Engineers today.


What is a method statement?

Simply put, a method statement is a document used within the construction industry that offers a set of instructions to allow for the safe completion of a particular task.

Due to the variety of tasks completed between sites, a method statement must be completed in accordance with the details of each specific situation.

Whilst our site-specific risk assessment addresses each of the hazards that have been identified and offer measures to control and mitigate these risks, our method statements outline the tools, equipment are used as well as a logical sequence of instructions is provided. This allows the most responsible actions to be taken by the team or individual that attends the site and completes the task.

Why are method statements needed?

It is well understood that the construction industry is liable for notably higher injury and fatality rates than any other industry. In fact, according to the HSE statistics for 2019/20. 40 construction workers lost their lives due to their line of work. In addition to this, 2760 workers in every 100,000 were injured. That places construction at a much higher injury rate of around 3% in comparison to the total for all industries combined (1.8%).

With these figures, it is essential to protect the workers, site visitors and members of the public that are at risk from any hazards that occur as a result of a particular construction project or task. Whilst a risk assessment highlights the presence of these hazards, the method statement offers a detailed plan to control and manage them.

Whilst method statements are legally required documents, they can help engineers, supervisors and project managers follow the legal regulations for certain construction activities. The document may also be requested by the site manager or associated persons due to their involvement and the involvement of their workers and site with the specific procedure.


What is included in a plate load test method statement?

The plate load test, like hundreds of related construction tasks, is subject to a method statement after the completion of a site-specific risk assessment. There are plenty of risks associated with site conditions and the task procedure that require addressing, controlling and mitigating these risks.

Within our robust RAMS pack, you will find an abundance of information in relation to the project, site-specific tasks, linesearchbeforeudig report, available utility service drawings, a non-specialist UXO risk screening assessment, information about the work such as the duration and certain responsibilities held by different individuals. This information is put in place to avoid the unfortunate incident that anyone is injured during the site works.

Within the method statement for a plate load test, you will find key information that precludes the risks and control measures to account for them. This will include certain features such as these:

  • Details of the project

Details of the time and date of the task as well as the duration of the activity might be included within the document. Further description of the plate load test and its purpose would be written to provide a comprehensive account of the specific activity that is being addressed.

  • Responsibilities

To account for the individuals that are responsible for the completion and supervision of the task, the project manager and any engineers or supervisors that will be present on-site will be accounted for within the method statement.

  • Hazards

Instead of repeating the details of the risk assessment, the method statement will highlight risks associated with particular aspects of the task and how these can be addressed. There will also be mention of external hazards. This could include, people or animals in the vicinity of the task, any hazardous materials that could risk exposure, knowledge of the existing ground condition such as pre-existing mines or cave systems.

  • PPE requirements

In accordance with construction site regulations and in response to the highlighted risks, the designated protection equipment to be worn by all attending staff will be detailed within the document.

  • Management arrangements

Precautionary arrangements will be made in advance of the method statement and the names of responsible persons will be written into the document. This may include the details of individuals responsible for welfare, first-aid and monitoring or supervision of the activity. Also mentioned will be the emergency procedures under a variety of circumstances.

  • Completed by

Finally, the name, date and signature of the individual that completed this method statement will be accounted for at the end of the document.


Summary of IBEX Plate load test method statement

At IBEX CE we are dedicated to securing the safety and wellbeing of all our workers, clients and members of the public. To align with this goal, we produce a comprehensive plate load test method statement for each job that we attend.

Amongst the details mentioned above such as the personnel, project details and management details, we have provided specific details for the completion of plate load tests.

Description of plant and testing method

Equipment: steel plate, loading cell, jack reference beam, dial gauges.

The reaction load required is achieved by jacking off the underside of a 360 excavator (14 tonnes).

In accordance with BS 1377: Part 9: 1990 clause 4.1 the test will be carried out following a regulated method.


Final Thoughts

As discussed throughout this article, the key purpose of the plate load test method statement is to assess risks and implement control measures. By accounting for the hazards that can occur via the site conditions of the testing procedure, we can ensure the safety and wellbeing of our clients and team members.

IBEX CE is driven to provide a service that you can rely on to maintain a safe and responsible environment. We do this whilst generating cost-effective and rapid results to encourage the efficient completion of your project.

Get in touch to receive a competitive quotation and book your plate load test today.