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MPA Health and Safety Awards Videos

All the videos shown at the MPA's Health and Safety Conference and Awards 2018 are now viewable on the MPA's YouTube channel. Please review the videos of the award winning innovations and share them with your colleagues.  

Pleae follow link to view the videos

MPAAll Subjects08/11/2018

Stop and Think  -  ‘What if not If only’

Can other items of machinery affect where you are working if they were to start?

Consider all forms of energy when applying LOTOTO not just Electrical Isolations.

  • Electrical
  • Pneumatic
  • Hydraulic
  • Mechanical
  • Gravitational
  • Thermal
  • Residual/Plant & Equipment Overloaded
  • Material Flow
  • Water
  • Steam
  • Ionising & Non Ionising Radiation

Please play the video

Please play the video! – Fatal 6 – Contact with moving machinery and isolation



Safety Nudge - One of our Fatal 6 Incidents - ‘Contact with Moving Machinery and Isolation’

Please take 5 seconds to check that the isolations you are carrying out are secure LOTOTO Steps 4 and 5 found in MPA Guide to Energy Isolation

If a multi hasp and personal lock can be applied to the isolation mechanism of the isolator in the ON position


can be switched from the OFF position back to the ON after securing the hasp and personal lock

Report immediately to your Manager or Supervisor - DO NOT START WORK!

Always test your isolation is secure before you start work and recheck its integrity over regular intervals LOTOTO Step 7 MPA Guide to Energy Isolation.

Lifting concrete slabs - operatives narrowly escape fatal injuries

Please watch the dramatic video that shows an accident that occurred whilst lifting concrete slabs. The video can be accessed via the video libraries on both sfaequarry and safeprecast. 

The video is a reminder of the importance of undertaking risk assessments, safe methods of working and ensuring that staff are following procedures. 

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MONDAY 10th World Suicide Prevention Day

On September 10 it is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay.
The day is an annual event established to raise
awareness about suicide across the globe and to
promote working together to prevent suicide.

The MPA are Mates in Mind champions supporting
this initiative. 

MPAOccupational Health07/09/2018
Safety Nudge - Tyre replacement

The removal, replacement and repair of tyres can result in incidents that can lead to serious injuries or fatalities if the correct procedures are not followed. The pdf provides a number of safety nudges to remind people who operate and manage others carrying out these activities to just STOP THINK & ACT.

Please also share this with any subcontractors carrying out this activity, challenge your standards and question whether your risk controls are robust and correctly implemented.

Stay Safe - Warm weather and school holidays

With warm weather forecast this week and school holidays approaching, members of the public may be tempted to swim in quarry lakes. Please remember to check fencing, warning signs and other safety measures to help keep members of the public safe at active and disused sites.

Follow this link to the Easter Direct that highlights some of the resources available to help mange public safety. 

MPAPublic safety24/06/2018
HSENI leaflet on Quarry Vehicle Safety


HSENI has produced a leaflet on managing the maintenance and operation of quarry vehicles to minimise risk.

The potential hazards identified include those associated with loading, travelling on haul roads, reversing operations, tipping operations, vehicle / pedestrian interface and sharing roadways with outside contractor’s vehicles. The leaflet addresses issues such as brake testing, all-round visibility, the provision of adequate edge protection, the maintenance of the surface of the haul roads and the gradient of the haul roads.

Please share as appropriate within your organisation.

MPA Health and Safety Awards 2018

Please remember to submit your entries to the MPA Health and Safety Awards  2018. Just a few days to submit before the closing date on the 7th April.

MPAAll Subjects03/04/2018
Easter safety message

With Easter holidays approaching MPA urges members to ensure that personnel at operational sites, offices and other relevant company facilities are primed and ready to act - please see pdf.

MPAPublic safety28/03/2018
No Smoking Day



Join with thousands of smokers in quitting the habit.

The attached document provides links to the nhs website about the free support available to help smokers and 10 top tips to help you quit.

A CEMEX poster 'Look after your lungs' is also downloadable from the resources section of Safequarry


MPAOccupational Health13/03/2018
Health Essentials Campaign - diary of events

CEMEX is sharing their work on health and  wellbeing with MPA.

Health Essentials is CEMEX’s global health campaign designed to reduce the prevalence of health risks associated with its operations and to encourage employees to live a healthy lifestyle both inside and outside the workplace.

The campaign includes a series of diarised events and materials that concentrate on specific themes.  Some of the events mirror national initiatives on key health and wellbeing issues such as smoking prevention. An example of this is the resource that CEMEX have produced to support National Non Smoking Day on the 14th March.

The CEMEX diary of events is downloadable from this alert. MPA will be supporting the diarised events by publicising them on and

MPA would welcome materials from other members that could also be shared across the industry.

Please send materials to for inclusion each month. 

MPAOccupational Health13/03/2018
Sharing health and safety resources helps us all work towards Zero Harm
  • Aggregates |

  • Asphalt |

  • Cement |

  • Contracting |

  • Dimension Stone |

  • Lime |

  • Precast Concrete |

  • Mortar |

  • Readymix |

  • Recycling |

  • Silica Sand |