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Updated - The Management of Electrical Safety in Quarries, Associated Plant and Equipment

This guidance covers the generalities of the Management System for Electrical Installations at quarries, associated non quarry sites and mobile equipment.

Plant Information Sheet 1 - (Version 2, January 2021) - review date: 2026

QNJACElectrical equipment18/01/2021
Ministers Guidance to Mineral Products Sector – Continuing to Operate During Covid

Please find attached a letter from the Minister effectively confirming our sectors continuing essential role, and consequent guidance in terms of continued operations during the current heightened ‘lockdown’. 

Of particular note are the following highlights:

  •  “firms and tradespeople in the construction sector and its supply chain, including merchants, suppliers and product manufacturers, should continue to operate during this national lockdown”
  • “Whether delivering on large or small construction sites, and in peoples' homes across the country, in builders' merchants, designing and project managing schemes or producing construction and mineral products, you are making a major contribution to the economic recovery following Covid-19.”

 This guidance is no doubt issued on the assumption that as an industry we continue to operate in a Covid secure way. It remains of vital importance therefore that operators who are continuing to work, ensure that robust steps have been taken to protect their workforce and to continually check that high standards are being maintained. 

Once again we would draw attention to the MPA’s Covid guidance and resources which can be used to assist in the ongoing development and implementation of your own Covid security measures.


COVID-19 - Coronavirus testing for hauliers before leaving the UK for France
The Government has issued advice re testing for hauliers before leaving the UK and facilitites available to support this. Please review and discuss with any haulage companies you work with the plans that they have in place to ensure their hauliers have tested negative, conducted within 72 hours prior to travel, before travelling to the border.
Fatal 6 - Vehicle Compliance Checks - Highways England

Please see attached a summary report from Highways England on a recent vehicle inspection exercise run by Warwickshire Police, covering 173 vehicles.

The report highlights that 35% of the vehicles checked were defective in some way. This included a variety of issues that drivers should have picked up as part of their normal pre-use checks.

The report reinforces the importance of regular and thorough pre-use checks. More information on vehicle checks can be found in the MPA Drivers Handbook which can be downloaded from Safequarry.

Highways EnglandTransport07/01/2021
Wales Drowning Prevention Strategy
MPA Wales supports the Wales' Drowning Prevention Strategy That was launched on Monday.
MPAPublic safety21/12/2020
Vision Zero Employee Guide

MPA has launched a digital guide that provides an overview of Vision Zero for employees and contractors. It includes information on the 6 H&S Values, 'The Fatal 6' and the 6 strategies MPA is using to support its members.  The Guide can be downloaded from the Safequarry website. 


MPAAll Subjects09/12/2020
New E-Learning Package Available to Support Contact With Moving Machinery and Isolation

MPQC have developed an elearning package which supports and complements the guidance and other resources produced by MPA on moving machinery and isolation.

In additino to the topics covered in the MPA guidance, MPQC also highlights the emotional impact following incidents, further emphasising the part that our behaviour plays in preventing incidents, and includes an important message to the participants direct from industry leaders.

COVID-19 Powerful CRH video


CRH has produced a powerful video that highlights the personal impact that the virus had on two CRH workers in a cement plant. It also features an ICU Nurse who talks about her experience treating patients with COVID-19 and the devastating effect it can have on them. The workers talk about their emotions and personal experience of coping with COVID-19.

The video provides a stark reminder of why we all need to continue being Covid-Safe in our personal and professional lives.


HSE publishes annual accident and ill-health report 2019/20

HSE has published the annual accident and ill-health statistics report for Great Britain for 2019/20.

The annual report includes statistics for work-related ill health, workplace injuries and fatalities. There were 111 fatal injuries at work and the data shows that Falls from Height, Struck by Moving Vehicle, Struck by Moving Object and Contact with Moving Machinery continue to be account for a large proportion of fatal accidents, reiterating the importance of MPA’s continuing focus on ‘The Fatal 6’

HSE 13/11/2020
MPA and British Precast launches Vision Zero

Vision Zero was launched at the MPA and British Precast Health and Safety Leadership Conference on the 11th November.

A video of the whole conference or the individual sections can be viewed on the MPA's YouTube channel.


MPAAll Subjects11/11/2020
Fatal 2 - Managing workplace transport and pedestrian interface. MPA launches two new guides

New Deployable MPA Resources to Support Your Initiatives

Workplace Transport and Pedestrian Interface has been identified by MPA's Health & Safety Committee as one of 'The Fatal 6' high consequence hazards that have been the main cause of fatalities and serious injuries and incidents over the last decade.

A range of resources have been launched  including an Employee's booklet, a Manager's handbook together with several supporting posters and stickers. These are all downloadable from the Fatal 2 section of Safequarry

MPAPedestrian safety27/10/2020
COVID-19 MPA issues new posters reminding people to Stay COVID-19 Alert

MPA has launched a new set of posters to help remind everyone to Stay COVID-19 Alert.

Digital copies can be downloaded from  the Manager and Employee COVID 19 Guidance Section on Safequarry that can be accessed via the button on the  Home page of Safequarry.  

Free hard copies can be ordered from  by MPA members whilst stocks remains. 




MPA 19/10/2020