In general the Health and Safety in Employment Act (1992) requirements relate to ongoing operation rather than initial construction, and therefore relate more to the pond owner than to the engineering or construction company.
The following safety features are recommended for all ponds regardless of size or type of lining.
Recommended pond safety features
Fencing - All ponds should be fenced off with a netting fence to prevent stock and children from accidentally falling into the pond.
Escape ladders - All ponds should have at least one permanently placed ladder or alternative escape means in case a person falls into the pond.
Anchor points - Pontoons should have anchor points to improve stability.
Signage and direct personal communication of hazards with farm staff, contractors and visitors.
Pond safety video
Safety during pond construction
Supervising engineers have some health and safety responsibility for construction workers during construction. Preventing injury by accidentally falling into the pond is the main concern under the Act.
Construction should be undertaken with competent advice.