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MPA urges operators to check walkways and platforms following a fatality at a non-UK site

Based upon feedback shared by several MPA members, including information about a very serious accident overseas which sadly resulted in a fatality, MPA would like to draw to the attention of members to a potential issue with elevated walkways and platforms. (See more details in Safequarry Incident Alert)

Anecdotally, MPA has been informed of other similar incidents that have had serious potential and have resulted in relatively minor injuries, but could easily have resulted in a serious injury or death. (Corrosion can also affect structural integrity and corrosion can be hidden by spillage, for example).

As a matter of urgency, MPA members are advised to routinely inspect and report on the condition of elevated walkways and platforms to ensure that these potentially unsafe conditions do not exist within their own operations. MPA members are also encouraged to notify MPA of any adverse findings that may help others and keep this as a live issue and prevent further incidents.

We are grateful to members who have drawn these issues to our attention in the spirit of Safer By Sharing. Incident alerts and High Potential Incidents can be notified to MPA

By E mail to;

Or directly via Safequarry

We are all Safer By Sharing

MPAMaintenance 01/07/2024
Training video on the safe use of black powder in quarries.

Burlington Stone have produced a training video for their operatives on the safe use of black powder in quarries. The video was produced following a consultation with HSE on their training.  

The 17 minute video shows the different factors considered whilst drilling holes in the slate blocks and how the blasts are prepared.

View video

Burlington StoneDrilling and Blasting09/05/2024
MPA Health and Safety Awards 2024 Deadlines Extended

In response to member requests, we have extended the deadlines for entries to the MPA Health and Safety Awards as below.


  • Deadline for entries in 8 Topics 12 noon Tuesday 7th May 2024.
    (This is an absolute deadline and only in exceptional circumstances will anything after this time be accepted. If you can submit entries by 30th April it would be much appreciated)
  • Deadline for entries for Individual Recognition and Young Leader Award
    12 noon Monday 3rd June 2024.
  • The deadline for Sir Frank Davies and John Crabbe Trophy
    Monday 9th September 2024 remains unchanged.

    Watch this video to find out why you should enter and please share it with others in your company

MPA 25/04/2024
MPA Health and Safety Awards 2024 - 30th April Deadline Approaching Fast - Enter Now

Watch this video to find out why you should ENTER NOW and please share it with others in your company.

Find out how those who entered last year have benefited here.

The simple to complete entry forms and briefing notes can be downloaded from the Safequarry website. The deadline for all entries is 30th April 2024, with the exception of entries for the John Crabbe Trophy and Sir Frank Davies Award (which are open to MPA members only), which is 9th September 2024.

MPAAll Subjects11/04/2024
Public safety warning for operators of both active and disused quarries prior to Easter Holidays

As we approach the Easter break and school holidays, MPA is requesting members to be extra vigilant and for quarry operators to review their public safety risk assessments and any site-specific, mitigation measures such as fencing and warning signs.

With the unusually wet weather experienced across the UK, water levels are higher than normal, currents stronger in waterways, most inland water bodies are still very cold, paths and banks are muddy and unstable, making slips and falls by pedestrians more likely. These conditions increase the potential for members of the public entering quarries to put themselves at risk of falling over faces or into water.

Click on title for more information and links to resources

MPAPublic safety27/03/2024
MPA Midland Region Health & Safety Awareness Day - Some Spaces Still Available! - Book Now


Thursday 11th April 2024, Nottinghamshire

Book Now and Gain 8 Hours CPD

Returning for the first time since October 2019, the MPA Midland Region Health & Safety Awareness Day is taking place on Thursday 11th April at the Tarmac National Skills & Safety Park in Nottinghamshire. The day is designed to promote best practice and encourage the whole workforce to be the eyes and ears of fellow workers.

The booking form can be found here. For all enquiries, please contact Jane Blake at [email protected].

Topics covered on the day will include:

Mental Health, Working in Confined Spaces, Conflict Management, LOTOTO and Isolation, Working at Height and Emergency First Aid, with an emphasis on the use of defibrillators and CPR.

Event presenters and supporters include Reece Safety, MSA Safety, Dawn Collins Training, Westlake Management and Pulse EMT, along with Tarmac, Latus Health Group/IDC, MPQC and the Institute of Quarrying.

Members, non-members, contractors, hauliers and all other interested parties are more than welcome to attend.

MPA 22/03/2024
TRANSPORT - FATAL 2 & 6 - MYSPACE - pre-delivery safety checks

A recent incident alert, that involved the rollover of a readymix truck, highlighted a number of common causes / driver errors associated with rollovers. One of them was

  •  Not carrying out a MYSAFE assessment, taking the time to scan the jobsite prior to positioning for discharge.

Following publication of the incident alert, more information has been requested about the MYSPACE system developed by CEMEX , it is a checklist for drivers prior to delivery.

A PowerPoint about MYSPACE and the checklist form have now been added to the toolbox talks on Safequarry.

The system is also referenced on page 26 of the MPA's Drivers Handbook. See below


MPA Health and Safety Awards 2024

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is calling for entries to the prestigious 2024 Health & Safety Awards, which have just been launched. 

MPA welcomes entries from organisations, large or small, and which may be members or non-members of the MPA but operating in the product sector represented by MPA. This might include operators, contractors, suppliers, other service providers or organisations that represent companies or individuals working in the sector.

Entries must relate to activities based in the UK, and may be made on an individual organisation or joint organisation basis

Watch the video to find out more.

Briefing notes and entry forms are downloadable from the Awards section of Safequarry

MPAAll Subjects15/02/2024
TRANSPORT – Fatal 6 - MPA Partners with 'Driving For Better Business'

MPA has partnered with National Highways' 'Driving for Better Business', reinforcing the industry's ongoing commitments to road safety, and taking the next step towards eliminating road-related risk.

Driving for Better Business (DfBB) is a free to access Government-backed National Highways programme, delivered in partnership with leading forum RoadSafe, that aims to improve road safety by promoting good management practices and demonstrating the benefits for organisations, their employees, contractors and other road users.

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Safety Shower Guidance - Eurobitume 2016

A recent review of the guidelines on Safequarry that relate to the safe delivery and storage of bitumen highlighted that guidelines on safety showers were not included. Guidelines, which were produced by Eurobitume in 2016, have now been added.

They provide uniform minimum considerations for the performance, use, installation and maintenance of emergency safety shower equipment at facilities where bitumen products are handled in bulk and at elevated temperature. It is not an exhaustive list of considerations and, as such, anyone considering installing safety shower equipment should consult with a competent engineer or safety professional.

A specific risk and exposure analysis must be completed by the responsible party before any operation, new installation and reviewed if any modification is undertaken. 

Delivery drivers should be instructed not to make a delivery if the shower is found to be inoperable. Please note that during periods of cold weather it is especially important to check the emergency shower to ensure that trace heating or other measures designed to prevent freezing are operating correctly.

Eurobitume UKBitumen, storage and delivery29/01/2024
MPA publishes Issue no 9 of Health and Safety bulletin

The MPA Health and Safety bulletin is now available to download

The highlights in this edition include

  • MPA Health and Safety Awards 2024
  • Preventing Serious Incidents - sharing information
  • Safequarry - update and incident alerts
  • Launch of new reporting protocol
  • Update of H&S Statistics Q3 2023
MPAAll Subjects23/01/2024
Fatal 1 - MPA webinars on LOTOTO

One week to go before the 1st MPA webinar on LOTOTO - register now for free webinar

See flyer for more information on the two webinars on LOTOTO being run by MPA in conjunction with Reece on  31st January and 14th March. The webinar is titled 'Do not disrespect LOTOTO'

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