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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
Safe Tipping for Drivers and Site StaffSafe Tipping for Drivers & Site StaffCEMEX UK
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
01470Catwalk failure on mobile screener19/09/2017QuarryMaintenance & Housekeeping
01469Failure to use vehicle braking systems results in arctic rolling out of control11/09/2017TransportTransport / Delivery
01468Burns to hand 03/09/2017Contracting - On-highway Maintenance & Housekeeping
01467Operator suffers allergic reaction when doused in cleaning fluid whilst using pressure washer to clean plant31/08/2017Mobile PlantMaintenance & Housekeeping
0146360t Crane Rollover08/08/2017On-HighwayTransport / Delivery
Hot topics
TitleShort DescriptionSourceDate
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.

Safe working with precast products updated

This guidance note provides advice on minimising the risk to health from exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) when working with precast concrete products. Please review and share with you colleagues.

British Precast03/04/2017
Working with Respirable Crystalline Silica

MPA members are committed to achieving Zero Harm; this target is applicable to both safety and health. There is a recognised health risk for those within our industry who are exposed to work-generated Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) particles. It is widely recognised that by applying correct controls, the health risks to all persons, both directly and indirectly employed, can be mitigated.

Members involved in the production of materials that contain crystalline silica in any form, which may be cut, crushed, milled or ground in the production processes (workplace generated dust) must take all actions as low as is reasonably practicable to protect their workforce from over exposure.

The end user should also consider in their risk assessment the hierarchy of control defined in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) when selecting the appropriate control measures to reduce the risk of exposure. This maybe in the form of local extraction and effective filtration, suppression of particles through fine wet mist applications or ultimately to supplement previous mentioned control measures with RPE to reduce levels further. 

The following guidance will assist members to decide on the appropriate methods of management and risk controls applicable to their own operations and risk profile.

Healthier by Association Dust Audit

The Healthier by Association Audit gives the user the opportunity to conduct an in house systematic initial, ongoing and periodic review of their dust management systems.  

The Audit contains questions on the key principles identified in the MPA 'Working with Respirable Crystalline Silica' document: Thereby identifying strengths and opportunities for improvement.

On completion, a radar chart and action plan is produced to assist RCS Teams/Champions etc to set clear objectives (which should be reviewed on an annual basis). In doing so, this will demonstrate continuous improvement or maintenance of an acceptable level of compliance and reduction in exposure.

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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  • Asphalt |

  • Cement |

  • Contracting |

  • Dimension Stone |

  • Lime |

  • Precast Concrete |

  • Mortar |

  • Readymix |

  • Recycling |

  • Silica Sand |