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 (safequarry.com)
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
MPA Health and Safety Awards 2022
MPA has launched the 2022 Health and Safety Awards. It is inviting entries from members and those who work closely with them in parts of the UK supply chain for the mineral products industry.
Watch the video to find out more or go directly to the awards page on Safequarry where you can download the briefing notes a simple to complete entry forms for
- 8 Topic Awards - Open to all.
- ‘The Fatal 6’ Award
- The Eurobitume Award
- John Crabbe Award
- Sir Frank Davies Award
- Young Leader Award
- Individual Awards
Fatal 5 - National Highways and Skanska alert on lorry loader stabilisers
Following a fatality due to driver suffering crush injuries whilst retracting lorry loader stabilisers, National Highways and Skanska have issued the following alert.
HSE issue new Driving and riding safety for work webpages
There is clear, simple guidance:
- for employers and those who engage drivers and riders on how to make sure the journey, driver and vehicle are safe
- for workers and those who drive and ride for work on their responsibilities
COVID 19 - MPA recommendations to members and HSE comments
MPA has issued a Direct to its members with recommendations on the continuing use of COVID 19 protective measures following the Government changes introduced on the 19th July.
In a separate discussion with MPA, the HSE have highlighted the following points
- Nothing changes - employers are expected to maintain Covid 19 control measures in the workplace.
- We are still in a pandemic, not an endemic (e.g. seasonal flu)
- People can make choices socially but the workplace is different – workers still need to be protected in the workplace
- Double vaccination is not seen as a control measure as its effectiveness against variants and over the longer term are unknown
- The five main elements for control are:
- Social distancing
- Reducing social contacts (physical barriers/cohorts etc.)
- Surface cleaning
- Hygiene (washrooms etc)
- HSE will continue to inspect and enforce on Covid safety, using the Management Regulations and HSWA as a basis
- Employers need to maintain, review and update Covid risk assessments which should identify appropriate controls and reference the guidance
- BEIS website is useful source of information https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-covid-19
Stihl TS410 and TS420 Disc Cutter Recall
Please see the product recall from Stihl that has been shared by Hanson
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Angle grinder chainsaw disc attachment - Warning from Office for Product Safety Standards
OPSS has issued a Safety Alert for a chainsaw disc attachment that has been incorrectly sold for use with angle grinders. Please follow link for more information disc attachment
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COVID 19 - BOHS (British Occupational Hygiene Society) document on ventilation
Good ventilation is one of the main measures recommended to control Covid-19 and reduce the risk of transmission within enclosed spaces. The British Occupational Hygiene Society has produced this helpful FAQ document which provides information on general ventilation and mechanical ventilation and the factors which can improve or reduce effectiveness.
The deadline for entries to the MPA and British Precast Health and Safety Awards extended
The deadline for submission of entries to the MPA and British Precast Health and Safety Awards has been extended to 2nd June.
Further information about the awards, the easy to complete entry forms and guidance are downloadable from Safequarry.
PLEASE ENTER NOW AND ENSURE RECOGNITION FOR YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY INNOVATIONS.
WE ARE ALL SAFER BY SHARING AND LEARNING FROM OTHERS
Fatal 1- Failure to follow isolation procedures and safe systems of work result in an operator being killed and his colleague being seriously injured
Following a court hearing concerning the death of one man and serious injuries to another, HSE inspector Michael Kingston said: ‘These tragic consequences could have been avoided. This case highlights the importance of implementing effective power isolation procedures when interacting with machinery and the need to monitor compliance to make sure these procedures are followed.
‘The HSE will not hesitate to prosecute companies or individuals who fail to implement and monitor safe systems of work.’
Stonegrave Aggregates Ltd was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £48,952. A Director was given a 12-month community order and the site manager was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.
Description of incident
Two employees at a recycling plant had stopped the trommel and entered the drum to clear a blockage. While they were inside the drum, two other employees, who were unaware anyone was in the machine, restarted the production line. The two men were trapped inside the revolving trommel drum for approximately four minutes before the line was stopped.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed the following
- There was a history of blockages occurring on the waste-processing line
- Operators were regularly having to enter the trommel to clear materials
- The line was not adequately guarded to prevent access to dangerous parts of the machinery
- Control systems, including emergency stops, were not compliant with relevant standards.
- Management did not adequately monitor or enforce machinery isolation procedures
- CCTV showed that the guarding that was provided on the trommel was regularly being bypassed by staff, including the site manager
Follow this link on Safequarry to the section on FATAL 1 - Contact with moving machinery and isolation – where you can download the MPA resources on LOTOTO.