Mitigating the high consequence hazards in the Mineral Products Industry

FATAL 6 - Road traffic accidents

Circa 10% of fatalities involving employees or contractors in the industry are as a result of RTAs - this figure excludes  the fatalities involving other road users or pedestrians. 

The mineral products industry uses a wide range of vehicles including, tippers, truck-mixers, flat beds, bulk tankers, vans and cars. This fleet of vehicles is driven by employees, hauliers, owner drivers and contractors, some of whom may not speak English.

In delivering millions of tonnes of product, many thousands of journeys are made every day on behalf of the industry. Many of these journeys are on congested urban streets or on rural roads in all weather conditions.

Most fatalities  involve vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

The risk of road traffic accidents will be mitigated by a range of measures including;

  • Raising awareness and competence of drivers through training
  • Raising awareness of other road users of hazards associated with LGVs
  • Using vehicle safety devices to improve visibility and detection
  • Visual and audible warning for cabs and road users
  • Controlling use of mobile devices in vehicles 
  • Working with other organisations such as CLOCS, FORS, BSI - ISO39001 and Tfl to raise industry standards
  • More effective route planning and scheduling
  • Maintaining vehicles to a high standard
  • Ensuring the health and welfare of drivers.

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Drivers Handbook - November 2018

MPA has updated the Drivers Handbook,

The purpose of the Driver’s Handbook is to make LGV drivers aware of the risks that they may face or create while driving and operating vehicles and typically understanding how to manage the risks. The handbook outlines what is required of a driver in terms of his or her, vehicle, journey and driving behaviours. In addition it deals with emergency situations and gives practical advice on what to
do to help keep you safe from avoidable harm.

This handbook will help you work with your employer to avoid preventable incidents and injuries to yourself and other people when driving for work. It should be used with your employer’s driving for work policies and procedures.

MPA Company car and van handbook

The purpose of the Company Car and Van Handbook is to make companies and car/van drivers aware of the risks that they may face or create while driving and operating vehicles and typically understanding how to manage those risks. The handbook outlines what is required of a driver in terms of his or her, vehicle, journey and driving behaviours in line with the rules and regulations of UK roads. Travelling abroad and in Europe is also covered (pages 50-51). In addition it deals with emergency situations and gives practical advice on what to do to help keep you safe from avoidable harm.

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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.

Companies drugs & alcohol policies for drivers

Many companies have a DnA policy and procedure that covers their employees. However, some difficulties can occur when trying to apply similar standards to non-employed drivers. The aim is compliance - not barring people from sites. This note covers areas that should be added in to an Owner driver/franchisee contract or a hired driver’s purchase order. Impairment could occur from drinking at work, immediately prior to work, or some time before work. It could be from legal drugs inappropriately taken, or illegal drugs. This guidance addresses a number of areas that could be considered.

MPAOccupational Health11/05/2016
LGV trailers Coupling, Uncoupling and Parking

A Code of Practice on the coupling, uncoupling and parking of trailers produced by the (UK) Institute of Road Transport Engineers. This is aimed at managers, supervisors and trainers but has good advice for everyone who has responsibility for the safety of large goods vehicles and drivers.

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