Mitigating the high consequence hazards in the Mineral Products Industry

Fatal 5 - Struck by moving or falling object

31% of the fatalities in the industry are associated with individuals being struck by moving or falling objects.

Incidents involving injuries from a falling or moving object commonly are associated with operators dropping tools, parts or dislodging materials that either fall on them or a colleague, individuals being struck during  loading or unloading, materials being thrown out during a manufacturing process, materials falling from conveyors or other transportation system and failure of strapping/lifting device during maintenance procedures.

These risks can be mitigated by a range of measures which include;

  • Complete lifting plans and supervision of lifting operations
  • Wearing appropriate PPE such as  safety helmets and boots
  • Overhead protection or use of netting
  • Better guarding  that prevents spillage
  • Checking that the  correct lifting devices are being used
  • Checking that lifting devices are well maintained
  • Maintaining safety zones during loading and unloading
  • Moving pedestrians away form high risk areas
  • Ensuring that storage areas and shelving are appropriate
  • Better risk assessments and safe systems of work.

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Title/Short DescriptionSourceSubjectDate
HSENI issue guidance on cleaning of truck mounted mixer drums following fatality

Please see the link below to the Information Sheet prepared by HSENI regarding ‘Safe cleaning procedures for truck mounted mixing drums’.

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is instructing ALL Concrete Operators to review their current risk assessment and safe system of work for cleaning the interior of truck mounted mixing drums.

Concrete Operators should eliminate the need to enter the mixing drum to perform cleaning activities where possible.

Inspectors from the Extractive Industry and Waste Group (EIWG) will be requesting evidence of Concrete Operators risk assessment, safe system of work and training records for this work activity during future inspections.

Danger Zone Control and the Duties of Sentries Updated Feb 2020

.Guidance on how to ensure control of the danger zone and what is expected from sentries.

Target Audience -  Managers, Supervisors, Shotfirers, Sentries and Explosives Supervisors

QNJACDrilling and Blasting04/03/2021
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TitleVideoActivityType of LocationYearPrize
PPE selection flowcharts   Worker InvolvementAsphalt/Coating plant2019 N
Asphalt loadout door cradle   Maintenance & HousekeepingAsphalt/Coating plant2018 N
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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.
Highways EnglandTransport27/10/2021
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Incident No.TitleDateType of LocationActivity
03599Operator injured by arm rest on CAT 98030/11/2021QuarryBehavioural Safety management
03597Fatal 6 - Mooring lines 19/08/2021Marine & ship to shoreMarine Operations
03594Fatal 5 - Two incidents involving the delivery of concrete06/07/2021Construction/delivery siteLifting
03585Fatal 5 - Operation of discharge equipment during mooring - BMAPA Alert04/02/2021Aggregate DredgerMarine Operations
03584Fatal 5 - Operator struck by flailing pipe when making delivery03/02/2021Lime & Slag plantsTransport / Delivery
03580Fatal 6 - Lifting operation LTI injury - BMAPA Alert03/12/2020Aggregate DredgerLifting
02566Near Miss - Falling Object12/08/2020Asphalt/Coating plantMaintenance & Housekeeping
02550Stone block falls whilst being sawed27/02/2020Dimension Stone plantProduction and Processing
02549Fatal 6 - Near Miss - Lifting /Slinging Accident 19/02/2020Dimension Stone plantLifting
01549Fatal 6 - Near Miss – Rotary Saw Tooth Failure 19/02/2020Dimension Stone plantGuarding and isolation
01548'The Fatal 6' - Struck by Moving/Falling Object - Falling Tool11/02/2020Cement plantMaintenance & Housekeeping
01547Fatal 6 - Inboard slip flange dredge pipe 30/01/2020Aggregate DredgerMaintenance & Housekeeping
01544Fatal 6 - Explosion at an asphalt plant21/01/2020Asphalt/Coating plantProduction and Processing
01541Fatal 6 - Ship’s crew struck by falling hose17/12/2019Aggregate DredgerContractor Safety management
01528Fatal 6 - Seaman struck by mooring line 01/10/2019Aggregate DredgerMarine Operations
01524Fatal 6 - Receiving hopper collapse14/08/2019Readymix or mortar plantProduction and Processing
01522Fatal 6 - Operating close to, or under, suspended loads12/08/2019Concrete products plantLifting
01512Fatal 6 - Return roller nip guard on conveyor falls 4m and hits contractor 28/05/2019QuarryMaintenance & Housekeeping
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POD truck cleaning project - WINNER Maintenance & HousekeepingReadymix or mortar plant2019 Y
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