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
Aircrete load security - void guardsReducing Occupational Road RiskConcrete products plant2018 True
Dynamic risk assessmentWorker InvolvementCompany-wide2018 True
Educating the workforce on silica and other work-related health issuesOccupational HealthCompany-wide2018 False
Maerz Kilns wet gas scrubber improvementsMaintenance & HousekeepingQuarry2018 False
Managing pedestrian riskPublic safety managementRoad transport2018 False
Latest toolbox talks
Incident alerts
Incident No.TitleDateType of LocationActivity
01531Correct use of load cell limit switches on cranes22/10/2019Concrete products plantLifting
01530FATAL 6 – Serious injuries to fingers in 4 separate incidents 21/10/2019Concrete products plantGuarding and isolation
01529Fatal 6 - Operative hit in face by airline - correct use and adjustment of airlines18/10/2019Concrete products plantMaintenance & Housekeeping
01527Contractor looses 4 fingers during lifting operation - £400K fine for company12/09/2019Readymix or mortar plantLifting
01523Operator using stone cropper broke and lacerated his finger13/08/2019QuarryProduction and Processing
Hot topics
TitleShort DescriptionSourceDate
Drivers Handbook

Please view the new Drivers Handbook.

The handbook is designed to recognise the professionalism and  work  of  our  fleets  and  is  a  tool  for   working  drivers  to help  them  understand  and  manage  the   risks  that  they  face and create when driving and operating vehicles for work.

The  handbook  captures  the  Best  Practice  from  MPA's  membership.

Guide to energy isolation and LOTOTO - (Lock-out - Tag-out - Try-out)

The industry operates equipment that has the potential to cause harm if not operated or isolated correctly.

We have learnt from incidents within the industry, the critical importance of giving employees and contractors as much information and guidance on the risks involved when operating heavy machinery and a better understanding of the different types of energy they need to be protected against.

This document will describe LOTOTO (Lock-Out – Tag-Out – Try-Out), the process for isolating equipment to ensure that maintenance and cleaning can be undertaken safely.

Prepared by the MPA and Reece Safety, this document shares best practice and will help to raise awareness of ‘LOTOTO’ and to guide the industry to the achievement of a safer working environment. In this document you will also find also find product information to safe guard the workforce.

British Precast guidance on isolation - May 2019

Within the precast concrete sector, repair, service and maintenance work is done on machinery, equipment and processes every day. It is essential to ensure the isolation of any unsafe machinery or equipment from potential uncontrolled energy sources takes place during such work. The attached document is guidance published by British Precast on isolation.

British Precast15/10/2019
Site and vehicle security risk and incident prevention – government anti – terrorism advice

The MPA has issued this advice following some recent thefts from vehicles at member sites, highlighting that unauthorised personnel have been able to access HGVs. More importantly, it illustrates the potential for unattended HGVs to be accessed and driven away.

On the 7th October, a stolen HGV was used in an attack in Germany, there have been other recent examples of HGVs being used as weapons. The pdf includes links to government advice on how to minimise the risks of terrorist and others accessing and taking HGVs in urban areas.

Please can you review and ensure that this information is shared with appropriate colleagues such as site managers, transport and security managers. Hopefully, they will be able to share this information with drivers and contractors operating HGVs and other mobile plant on our behalf.  


MPA Midlands Region - Health & Safety Awareness Day – 15 October 2019 - Staffordshire

LAST CHANCE to book for the workshops hosted by J C Bamford Excavators Ltd. The day is designed to promote best practice and encourage the whole workforce to be the eyes and ears of fellow workers.

The day covers a range of topics, including 2 of the Fatal 6.  See pdf for more information on the topics covered, the location and direct links to booking forms. 

Theft alerts
Incident No.TitleDateCountyLocationWhat stolen
00001Bulldozer theft22/03/2012EssexRuralMobile Plant