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
Asphalt drum hydro blastingMaintenance & HousekeepingAsphalt/Coating plant2021 False
Danger zone modelling – calculation of a danger zone surrounding a blastProduction and ProcessingQuarry2021 False
Easy tautliner loadingLoading and unloadingConcrete products plant2021 False
FMC Safer bitumen tank repairMaintenance & HousekeepingAsphalt/Coating plant2021 False
Gateway to SafeDayPedestrian and transport safety on-siteQuarry2021 True
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Incident alerts
Incident No.TitleDateType of LocationActivity
03624Fatal 5 - Excavator struck by falling rock09/08/2022QuarryProduction and Processing
03623Bitumen boil over during a bitumen delivery into a storage tank03/08/2022Asphalt/Coating plantManual handling and storage
03622Fire – Dredge drive step-up high voltage transformer27/07/2022Aggregate DredgerMarine Operations
03621Fatal 1 - Employee sustained life-changing injuries when his arms became trapped in a pan mixer. 25/07/2022Concrete products plantGuarding and isolation
03620Fatal 3 - Working at Height – Procedural Adherence13/06/2022Construction/delivery siteBehavioural Safety management
Hot topics
TitleShort DescriptionSourceDate
Rope ladders putting lives at risk

The poor management and sub-standard quality of ships’ rope ladders are putting the lives of marine pilots at risk, according to new findings by the MAIB.

Please follow link to further information and see pdf of an APB poster produced to provide guidance on this issue

Guidelines for the management of public safety on MPA Member's operational and non operational sites - Updated July 2022

These guidelines were prepared in consultation with MPA member companies. They provide guidance on good practice in the management of public safety and are complimentary to the existing statutory requirements.

They have been reviewed to ensure that they remain up to date and to reflect the importance of the collaboration with other agencies in raising public awareness about the dangers of open water such as water filled voids in quarries and quarry lakes. 

They recommend systems and actions to assist operators:

  • To manage trespass issues on operational, closed or mothballed sites
  • To help deter members of the public from entering sites uninvited
  • To warn members of the public about the potential hazards
  • To manage public safety particularly when there is a public right of way on a site.
Working at Height Safely - Employee GuideAll workplace falls from height are avoidable and you have the ability to stop an accident before it occurs. This clear, simple, smart booklet provides advice for employees on how they can avoid danger and keep themselves and their colleagues safe by applying the hierarchy of control for all work at height activitiesMPA18/07/2022
Guide to Safe Working at Height Handbook

This handbook has been produced to outline how the potential hazards associated with work at height activities can be either eliminated or mitigated. Based on the hierarchy of control, the handbook provides ‘clear, simple and smart’ guidance for those managing Work at Height.

An introduction is provided for each element of the hierarchy of control, along with examples of good practice and questions every site should be asking. The guidance should be considered when conducting a risk assessment and conducting a work at height safety review. The handbook is designed for use by managers, employees, and contractors within the mineral products industry. Please share it within your organisation.

Bitumen Kettle Guidance - June 2022MPA and Eurobitume have produced some guidance on the 4 protection measures that represent the minimum requirement to prevent a spillage from a bitumen kettle at an asphalt plant.Eurobitume UK02/07/2022
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