New EFFC-DFI Guide to Working Platforms Available 

March 8, 2020, Hawthorne N.J.:

The European Federation of Foundation Contractors (EFFC) and Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Working Platforms Task Group has released a free, 175-page illustrated Guide to Working Platforms.

The guide addresses the fact that on a typical construction site, the provision of a safe surface to work on involves and affects a number of the contracting parties (client, principal designer, general contractor, specialty contractor, platform designer, platform installer or earthworks contractor, platform tester and platform maintainer). As a consequence, organizing the platform design, installation and maintenance can be complex. As it concerns money and liability, it is often a contentious issue, but nonetheless one that needs to be addressed. 

The guide takes each step in turn and describes what good practice is, with reference to documents and resources that have been made available through EFFC and DFI. In compiling this information responses have been collated from foundation contractors in France, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Sweden, United States and Canada. 

The guide is available to download for free at or

Contact: Theresa Engler, Executive Director, (973) 423-4030,

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DFI ( is an international association of contractors, engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Our multidisciplinary membership creates a consensus voice and a common vision for continual improvement in the planning, design and construction of deep foundations and excavations. We bring together members for networking, education, communication and collaboration. With our members, we promote the advancement of the deep foundations industry through technical committees, educational programs and conferences, publications, research, government relations and outreach. DFI has more than 4,000 members worldwide.