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
AG’s ‘Good Catch’ scheme: Empowering workers to proactively create a safer working environmentWorker InvolvementCompany-wide2019 False
Arc flash safety initiatives - RUNNER UPMaintenance & HousekeepingCement plant2019 False
Batch heater barrel upgradeMaintenance & HousekeepingAsphalt/Coating plant2019 False
Bespoke moveable stop signsWorker InvolvementQuarry2019 False
Bottom opening skipProduction and ProcessingConcrete products plant2019 False
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Incident alerts
Incident No.TitleDateType of LocationActivity
03615Although a direct strike of overhead lines avoided , 400v lines arc to tipper at delivery site18/05/2022Construction/delivery siteTransport / Delivery
03614Foot injury when hitching a trailer25/04/2022Mobile PlantMaintenance & Housekeeping
03613Fatal 6 - Traffic management operative killed during police pursuit12/04/2022Contracting - On-highway Pedestrian safety
03612Fatal 5 - Paver trapped by falling canopy06/04/2022Contracting - On-highway Contracting
00001Structural Safety of Plant - conveyor cover05/04/2022QuarryMaintenance & Housekeeping
Hot topics
TitleShort DescriptionSourceDate
MPA launch Sharing good practice 2021/22

MPA has launched the digital version of its health and safety guide which summarises the leading entries for the 2021 Health and Safety Awards, Sharing good practice 2021/22. Please review.

There is still time for companies to complete a simple entry form to be included in the 2022 awards, submission are required by Friday 20th May.

Download entry forms.

Entry to MPA Health and Safety Awards - closes Friday 20th May

MPA members are reminded that entries for the 8 Topic Awards, Individual and Young Leader Awards are due to be submitted by Friday 20th May.

The simple to complete entry forms and briefing notes can be downloaded from the Safequarry website.

Please watch this video that explains why it is important to share your innovations and best practice - we are all Safer by Sharing

Vechicle - pedestrian collisions

HSE records show that vehicle-pedestrian collisions continue to be one of the main cause of workplace fatalities:

  • There have been nine fatal vehicle-pedestrian collisions in the past four years involving wheeled loading shovels – most of these were in the waste and recycling sector. 
  • There have been two vehicle-pedestrian fatalities within the minerals sector since 2015
  • Main risk factors include lack of segregation, poor forward visibility and reversing manoeuvres

Operators who use mobile plant need to fully assess and actively manage the risk of vehicle-pedestrian collisions. Segregating the operating areas and traffic routes for mobile plant and pedestrians is the most effective control measure, eliminating the risk of collisions. For activities where mobile plant and pedestrians cannot be fully segregated, you will need to identify and implement other control measures.

MPA has produced some resources on Workplace Transport and Pedestrian Interface which are free to access via the Safequarry website Workplace transport and pedestrian interface (

HSE issued an alert last year Wheeled loading shovels in waste and recycling - HSE relating to the operation of wheeled loading shovels and the increased risks due to use of larger buckets which reduce visibility. The alert provides a helpful reminder of the risks to consider under headings, Safe Site, Safe Vehicle and Safe Driver


Respirable Crystalline Silica Monitoring Protocol - NePSi - June 2021

NePSi published an updated version of a Respirable Crystalline Silica Monitoring Protocol in June 2021

The main objective of this monitoring protocol is to provide a harmonized methodology to measure exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) of workers employed at member companies of the NEPSI signatories. The project aims to provide a common basic methodology to help those sectors who do not have a standardized monitoring methodology in place and enable these sectors to collect RCS exposure data in a harmonized and representative way.

Guidance is provided on measurement strategy, appropriate sampling and analytical methods, and data management.

The implementation of the protocol is not mandatory, but should be considered as guidance for the development of a dust and quartz monitoring programme within all NEPSI partners.

Good Practice Guide - NePSi

The NEPSI Good Practice Guide provides practical information for industries working with materials containing crystalline silica to improve workers’ health protection progressively over time.

The guide provides a basic introduction to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) and more detailed information on dust control measures and management guidance for specific industries and tasks.  The Good Practice Guide is a comprehensive resource for employers and employees working in the silica industries, available online and downloadable for free:

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