Mitigating the high consequence hazards in the Mineral Products Industry

FATAL 1 - Contact with moving machinery and isolation

22% of fatalities in the industry are as a result of contact with moving machinery often associated with reactive maintenance and a failure to correctly isolate all sources of energy.        

Fatalities or serious injuries mainly due to a failure to isolate  machinery, poor guarding, inadequate exclusion areas, poor procedures or a failure to follow them. These tragic incidents often involve horrific  injuries associated with entrapment, crushing, amputations, pinching, lacerations or burns. 

In many cases these incidents were forseeable and avoidable. Reducing  them will be achieved by the implementation of the following

  • Better designed plant and processes
  • Better designed guarding
  • More effective supervision
  • Better risk assessments
  • Additional training
  • Following LOTOTO isolation procedures
  • Use of appropriate exclusion zones
  • Updated safe systems of work (SSofW)
  • Ensuring continued monitoring of SSofW and condition of safety equipment
  • Other related measures. 

MPA  and Other Resources

Guides - click on images to download pdf


E-TrainingAnyone can register for the FREE MPQC’s e-training modules on LOTOTO  by the following this link.
Audit tool -  QNJAC Self Audit template on Site Energy Isolation

Posters - click on images to download poster


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Title/Short DescriptionSourceSubjectDate
Guide to Cleaning Concrete Pan Mixers April 2021 Fatal 1

This document provides guidance shared by MPA members on the elimination or significant reduction of risks to health and safety during the cleaning of pan mixers, taking account of incidents that have occurred within the industry, HSE research and good practice. The guide is for managers and operatives.

It highlights the nature of the health and safety hazards which can arise during cleaning operations and the ways in which these can be eliminated or reduced by good design, automation and safe working practices.

This document has been produced as part of the suite of resources to help eliminate 'The Fatal 6' - It has been produced by the Working Group for Fatal 1 - Moving machinery and isolation.

MPACleaning and housekeeping04/05/2021
Updated - The Management of Electrical Safety in Quarries, Associated Plant and Equipment

This guidance covers the generalities of the Management System for Electrical Installations at quarries, associated non quarry sites and mobile equipment.

Plant Information Sheet 1 - (Version 2, January 2021) - review date: 2026

QNJACElectrical equipment18/01/2021
Site energy isolation self audit - June 2019 Updated AUDIT

QNJAC has produced an even more user friendly version of their Isolation Self-Audit tool, with improved functionality which now allows the question set to be completed electronically. Members are reminded of the importance of guarding and isolation and conducting regular audits to check that their arrangements and procedures are sufficient. In this regard, the QNJAC Self Audit tool should prove very useful.

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.

FATAL 6 - Guide to Avoiding Contact with Moving Machinery and Isolation

This 171 page, A5 Guide has been prepared by the MPA and a specialist working group of members to assist supervisors and managers on site and supports other industry technical guidance.

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