News

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
Asphalt drum hydro blastingMaintenance & HousekeepingAsphalt/Coating plant2021 False
Chromate identification and quantification videoOccupational HealthCement plant2021 False
Creation of an Occupational Health and Wellbeing (OHWB) Learning Centre at 'The Park'TrainingTraining Centre2021 False
Danger zone modelling – calculation of a danger zone surrounding a blastProduction and ProcessingQuarry2021 False
Easy tautliner loadingLoading and unloadingConcrete products plant2021 False
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Incident alerts
Incident No.TitleDateType of LocationActivity
03630Fatal 1 - LOTOTO failure of an isolator28/11/2022QuarryGuarding and isolation
03628Fatal 1 - LOTOTO - Failure To Implement Isolation Procedure08/09/2022Aggregate DredgerLoading and unloading
03629Ship crane cable failure08/09/2022Aggregate DredgerLifting
03627Operator trips on lifting hook on hatch - Slips, trips and falls06/09/2022Aggregate DredgerMaintenance & Housekeeping
03625Fatal 6 - Articulated truck rollover on soft verge18/08/2022On-HighwayTransport / Delivery
Hot topics
TitleShort DescriptionSourceDate
MPA health and safety self-audit tool - December 2022

MPA has relaunched a health and safety self-audit tool which is free and easy to use.


This is a key part of MPA’s Safer by Association initiative focussed on providing support to SME’s. It is based on a simple scoring system, which can be used by anyone with a good, basic knowledge of health and safety. This audit tool is a development of an earlier MPA system but has been upgraded with improved functionality and updated to reflect current good practice.

The programme automatically generates a report that identifies areas where some action may be required, or where the user may need to seek some external specialist advice, the system provides the user with a prioritised list based on traffic light colour codes.
MPA02/12/2022
Fatal 4 - HSE is inspecting manufacturing business where materials that contain silica are used

From October, HSE Inspectors will be visiting manufacturing business where materials such as stone, rocks, sand and clay are used. This will include: 

  • Brick and tile manufacturers 
  • Foundries  
  • Stone working  

Please see HSE bulletin that provides more information and links to guidance on control measures. 

Employers have a legal duty to put in place suitable arrangements to manage health and safety and ensure they comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH).

Inspectors will be checking that dutyholders know the risks associated with inhalation of RCS and have effective controls in place to keep workers safe and protect their respiratory health. 

 Please also see the Fatal 4 section on Safequarry

HSE07/09/2022
Loading Bulk Wagons - Code of Practice 2019

The purpose of this approved code of practice is to offer guidance to parties engaged in the process and management of loading bulk products onto rail wagons, such that the risks associated with the transportation of wagons are minimised. Included is the management of risk associated with residual / incomplete loading and unloading events.

The provisions of this guidance document relate to bulk products as defined: unbound, solid, particulate materials. It has been produced by the National Freight Safety Group.

National Freight Safety Group18/08/2022
Rope ladders putting lives at risk

The poor management and sub-standard quality of ships’ rope ladders are putting the lives of marine pilots at risk, according to new findings by the MAIB.

Please follow link to further information and see pdf of an APB poster produced to provide guidance on this issue

BMAPA01/08/2022
Guidelines for the management of public safety on MPA Member's operational and non operational sites - Updated July 2022

These guidelines were prepared in consultation with MPA member companies. They provide guidance on good practice in the management of public safety and are complimentary to the existing statutory requirements.

They have been reviewed to ensure that they remain up to date and to reflect the importance of the collaboration with other agencies in raising public awareness about the dangers of open water such as water filled voids in quarries and quarry lakes. 

They recommend systems and actions to assist operators:

  • To manage trespass issues on operational, closed or mothballed sites
  • To help deter members of the public from entering sites uninvited
  • To warn members of the public about the potential hazards
  • To manage public safety particularly when there is a public right of way on a site.
MPA26/07/2022
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