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LOCATION: Quarry ARTICLE YEAR 2002
ACTIVITY: Worker Involvement COMPANY: Hanson Aggregates
SUB ACTIVITY: N/A COMPANY LOCATION: Vaynor Quarry near Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales
BEST PRACTICE No: BP137 COMPANY TEL: 01685 723355
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom
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Safety representative’s initiative
ARTICLE
Known within Hanson as “The Vaynor Initiative”, credit goes to Colin Evans, coated stone plant operator at Vaynor Quarry (near Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales) who took it upon himself to organise, with the support of management, a full week of training as a contribution to the European Health & Safety Week.

Colin is also a T&G Union appointed safety representative and the idea emanated from a TUC mailshot. Each day, for a week, a talk was organised by Colin at 3pm in the quarry canteen. Speakers included Hanson safety specialists, the local HSE Inspector, a superintendent physiotherapist from a nearby hospital, and a speaker from the TGWU.

The success of this initiative was taken up by other Hanson units in South Wales. Hanson and Colin Evans have been presented with both a regional and national Award by the HSE for the Vaynor Initiative, and Colin has since been awarded with an MBE.
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