Please see below the latest items that have been published on the Safequarry website. For convenience they have been sorted in tables based on the nature of the content.

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Latest best practice
TitleActivityType of LocationYearPrize
5+2 People and plant segregationTraffic managementAsphalt/Coating plant2016 False
Concrete placing machine – to separate pedestrians from fork lift trucksProduction and ProcessingConcrete products2016 False
Contractor evaluation following work completionContractor SafetyCompany-wide2016 False
Contractor safety boardContractor SafetyQuarry2016 False
Developing improvements to driver healthOccupational HealthTransport2016 False
Latest toolbox talks
Do not be a dummy with explosives - Toolbox Talk 17Drilling and BlastingQNJAC
Post-Blast FumesDrilling and BlastingQNJAC
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Building a Rock PlatformBuilding a Rock PlatformTarmac Group Ltd
Quarry Dust - are you in control - PowePoint Presentation with speakers notes and video clips Dust and SilicaHSE
Incident alerts
Incident No.TitleDateType of LocationActivity
01477FEL Contact with Customer Vehicle07/11/2017Asphalt/Coating plantTransport / Delivery
01475ADT Drives through Bund20/10/2017QuarryTraffic management
01474Mechanical handling injury on dredger due to maintenance regime16/10/2017Aggregate DredgerMaintenance & Housekeeping
01473Bulk Tipper Trailer Ram Failure12/10/2017Lime & SlagTransport / Delivery
01472Danger of using the wrong disc on angle grinders 11/10/2017Aggregate DredgerMaintenance & Housekeeping
Hot topics
TitleShort DescriptionSourceDate
MPA commits to championing Mates in Mind initiative

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has committed itself to raising the awareness of, and addressing the stigma of poor mental health and improving positive mental wellbeing in the UK mineral products supply chain that underpins construction. Through its new association with Mates in Mind, the MPA now has full access to a pioneering framework of resources, techniques and tools that will help its members to create more mentally healthy workplaces.  

The Mates in Mind model supports better workplace mental health by bringing together four key elements: 

  • Guidance and support: offering guidance on specific employee issues to creating stress management policies through to connecting the workforce to appropriate support at the right time. Mates in Mind supports companies that create and implement a mental health at work plan.
  • Awareness and education: helping to develop mental health awareness throughout the industry – from encouraging open conversation throughout the workforce to helping leaders and managers understand their roles in creating mentally healthy work environments.
  • Communication: helping to ensure the organization’s commitment to positive mental health and wellbeing remains visible and relevant. From targeted communication materials to supporting organizations in monitoring employee mental health and wellbeing. 
  • Research and development: developing industry-leading research to understand the nature and impact of mental health, and to ensure development of effective, robust and sustainable solutions.

Announcing the MPA’s decision to become a Mates in Mind business champion, Kevin Stevens, director for safety and health, said: ‘The stigma associated with mental health is a serious issue that will require a concerted and collaborative effort, making open discussion socially acceptable. The Mineral Products Association is delighted to be working with Mates in Mind partners and champions. More information will follow over the coming months but please take the opportunity to find out more by viewing the Mates in Mind website 

Site isolation procedures - self audit

Following a number of incidents over the last few months, MPA has produced a two page self-audit that will help operatives and managers to review isolation procedures.

The self-audit provides a simple and structured checklist to help you to quickly assess the isolation procedures at your work place. It also includes columns to add comments and identify who should be responsible for any action.

Please download the pdf and share with your colleagues as appropriate. 

Safe handling of bitumen

Watch the video produced by Nynas that highlights best practice in the industry.. Ideal for both managers and operatives. The video provides up-to-date and practical safety guidance on handling bitumen.

Safety is not an accident. Observe, think and act!

Please share with your colleagues.

View via the link in safequarry video



MPA Midland Region Health and Safety Awareness Day


Location: Kevin Quarry, Ramshorn, Oakamoor, Staffordshire, ST10 3BX.

Date: WEDNESDAY - 17th MAY 2017

See flyer for more information


  • Personal Wellbeing – RCS Monitoring. Chest X-rays.
  • Live First Aid – Defibrillators & FPOS. (First Person On Scene)
  • Site Emergency Procedures – Rescue Services.
  • Workplace Transport – Working at Height, Reversing & Loading/Unloading.
  • Lone Working - Slips, Trips & Falls / Communications.
  • Plant Safety – Conveyor Entrapment
Bridge Saw Guarding

This guidance focuses on the need to complete a thorough risk assessment covering all aspects of the machine and its use. The risk assessment process for machinery will need to consider a wide range of hazards and also relate to a range of standards and legal requirements. One of the key aspects of machinery is to consider the danger of moving parts and to guard these dangerous parts.

So what should be the methodology for risk assessment of machinery? What standards and legal requirements are relevant? What should be the approach for guarding machinery?

The guidance within only offers an opinion on the current available control measures used in other parts of the industry to guard against the physical hazards associated with the moving parts of the machine. Through the risk assessment process it will be the responsibility of the company to select the appropriate guarding specific to their operation whilst considering the hierarchy of control found Regulation 11 (2) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) and referenced in section 18 of this document.

While the focus of this document is on Bridge Saws, the same principles can be applied to other machinery used for working natural and reconstituted architectural stone such as edge polishers and milling machines.

Theft alerts
Incident No.TitleDateCountyLocationWhat stolen
00035Theft of Brendon Pressure Washer13/07/2015BerkshireRuralOther
00034Damaged Security Gates05/05/2015OxfordshireRuralOther
00030Fuel Theft19/05/2014OxfordshireRuralFuel
00029Electric cable theft14/02/2014Kinross-shireRuralCable
00028Fuel Theft07/02/2014SelkirkshireRuralFuel
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