Mitigating the high consequence hazards in the Mineral Products Industry

Fatal 3 - Work at height

17% of  fatalities in the industry involve a fall from height

Fatalities or serious injuries incurred when individuals fall, often onto hard services or plant. In most cases this is attributable to a combination of factors such as failing to follow a safe system of work, a fault in a safety device or a failure to use it, the individual being distracted, poorly designed equipment in relation to operator access and egress.

Operatives are exposed to risks associated with working at height whilst undertaking daily activities such as loading, inspecting silos and other processing plants, sampling, access and egress from mobile plant and undertaking a wide range of maintenance tasks.

The risks of falls from height can  be reduced by the following steps;

  • Engineering solutions that remove need to work at height
  • Improved walkways, access and guard rails
  • Use of appropriate harnesses and safety lines
  • Better safe systems of work and risk assessments  
  • Better fixed and mobile plant design
  • Cameras and other automated testing systems that replace manual inspections at height
  • Improved monitoring of work at height activities
  • Other measures. 

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Title/Short DescriptionSourceSubjectDate
Prevention of falls from vehicles

This guidance note aims to help ensure best practice. It will be regularly revised to reflect new innovations which further control risk, e.g. from ideas generated by the annual QPA H&S Awards. It is intended that in future developments the scope also will be widened. It is recommended that sites have clear signage at their entrances and at their weighbridges that reinforce the message that climbing onto loaded vehicles is prohibited. A number of industry activities are considered and a hierarchy of control measures described which if applied will significantly reduce the falls from height risk.

View Best Practice
TitleVideoActivityType of LocationYearPrize
Adjustable height sheeting platform   Access & Egress & Working at HeightAsphalt/Coating plant2018 N
Customer loading screens - asphalt plant   Access & Egress & Working at HeightAsphalt/Coating plant2018 N
Fire protection project - baghouse fire   Access & Egress & Working at HeightAsphalt/Coating plant2018 N
Safe access platform for lorry body cleaning   Access & Egress & Working at HeightQuarry2018 N
Silo ground level testing   Access & Egress & Working at HeightCompany-wide2018 N
Trace heating for cold feed bins   Maintenance & HousekeepingAsphalt/Coating plant2018 N
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Delivery Vehicle Falls from Height Guidance

The Building Products Delivery Working Group (BPDWG) is a UK committee of manufacturers, logistics & transport companies and regulators (HSE). The aim of the BPDWG is to aid in developing best practice in the Building Products Supply Industry for loading, moving and unloading goods safely. As a recent initiative, the committee examined ways of eliminating or reducing the risks of working at height associated with the use of load security techniques in the UK. This document reports the findings of that study. The intent is to illustrate what equipment and methods are available and offer a general insight into their capability and limitations. This may assist in determining what equipment or methods may best suit a company’s needs based on a suitable assessment of risks to health and safety and taking into account the environment in which the equipment is to be used and relevant economic factors. This does not detract from the need to comply with current legislation.

View Incident Alerts
Incident No.TitleDateType of LocationActivity
03589Fatal 3 - Fall whilst descending a ladder resulting in a fractured leg02/03/2021Cement plantAccess & Egress & Working at Height
02554'The Fatal 6' - Unsafe Work at Height & Isolation Breach03/04/2020OtherMaintenance & Housekeeping
02551Fatal 6 - Working at height - BMAPA Alert04/03/2020Aggregate DredgerAccess & Egress & Working at Height
01543Fatal 6 - Working at height - high potential near hit 13/01/2020Aggregate DredgerAccess & Egress & Working at Height
01517Fatal 6 - HiPo: Scaffolder with no Fall Arrest Protection03/07/2019OtherAccess & Egress & Working at Height
01478Fall from height into water - BMAPA Alert19/12/2017Marine & ship to shoreMaintenance & Housekeeping
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New RAPID batching plant and concrete delivery system Working at HeightReadymix or mortar plant2019 N
Silo ground level testing Access & Egress & Working at HeightCompany-wide2018 N
Safe access platform for lorry body cleaning Access & Egress & Working at HeightQuarry2018 N
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