Please see below the latest items that have been published on the Safequarry website. For convenience they have been sorted in tables based on the nature of the content.

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Latest best practice
TitleActivityType of LocationYearPrize
Adherence to site rules - Signage used to help change behaviourBehavioural Safety managementQuarry2018 False
Adjustable height sheeting platformAccess & Egress & Working at HeightAsphalt/Coating plant2018 False
Aircrete load security - void guardsReducing Occupational Road RiskConcrete products plant2018 True
Asphalt loadout door cradleMaintenance & HousekeepingAsphalt/Coating plant2018 False
Asphalt plant mixer shaft replacementMaintenance & HousekeepingAsphalt/Coating plant2018 False
Latest toolbox talks
Incident alerts
Incident No.TitleDateType of LocationActivity
01534Bitumen Spill due to Alarm Failure - Interim Alert12/11/2019Asphalt/Coating plantManual handling and storage
01533Near Miss - Hydraulic Hose Failure30/10/2019Contracting - On-highway Access & Egress & Working at Height
01532Fatal 6 - Battery Explosion30/10/2019QuarryMaintenance & Housekeeping
01531Correct use of load cell limit switches on cranes22/10/2019Concrete products plantLifting
01530FATAL 6 – Serious injuries to fingers in 4 separate incidents 21/10/2019Concrete products plantGuarding and isolation
Hot topics
TitleShort DescriptionSourceDate
MPA''s Health and Safety Awards 2019

Videos of the winning best practice entries and runners up, the opening stings and the major award winners are now available to view on the MPA's YouTube channel. 

Please share these innovative health and safety initiatives with your colleagues.

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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.

Guide to energy isolation and LOTOTO - (Lock-out - Tag-out - Try-out)

The industry operates equipment that has the potential to cause harm if not operated or isolated correctly.

We have learnt from incidents within the industry, the critical importance of giving employees and contractors as much information and guidance on the risks involved when operating heavy machinery and a better understanding of the different types of energy they need to be protected against.

This document will describe LOTOTO (Lock-Out – Tag-Out – Try-Out), the process for isolating equipment to ensure that maintenance and cleaning can be undertaken safely.

Prepared by the MPA and Reece Safety, this document shares best practice and will help to raise awareness of ‘LOTOTO’ and to guide the industry to the achievement of a safer working environment. In this document you will also find also find product information to safe guard the workforce.

Blocked bitumen delivery pipework – Potential solutions

Reports by Eurobitume UK delivery drivers of blocked and partially blocked bitumen pipework at asphalt plants are increasing. Blocked pipelines are potentially very dangerous as the blockage can result in pressure retained in the pipework. This can result in a spray of hot bitumen when the delivery driver uncouples the flexible hose from the delivery flange.

For more information about the causes and solutions please follow link

Eurobitume UK16/10/2019
Bitumen storage tanks - Planned preventative maintenance

Reports by Eurobitume UK members have shown that, in the last 5 years, almost half of the 28 uncontrolled bitumen spills (and 80% of the 140 near misses reported in 2018), were due to storage tank, contents gauge, high level alarm (HLA) and pipework failures. Management of bitumen storage tanks and associated equipment and pipework is critical for safety and business continuity. Thus, an effective planned preventative maintenance schedule is vital.

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Eurobitume UK16/10/2019
Theft alerts
Incident No.TitleDateCountyLocationWhat stolen
00035Theft of Brendon Pressure Washer13/07/2015BerkshireRuralOther
00034Damaged Security Gates05/05/2015OxfordshireRuralOther
00030Fuel Theft19/05/2014OxfordshireRuralFuel
00029Electric cable theft14/02/2014Kinross-shireRuralCable
00028Fuel Theft07/02/2014SelkirkshireRuralFuel