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.

To receive e-mail alerts when new content is added to the site, please complete the free, on-line registration form.

Latest best practice
TitleActivityType of LocationYearPrize
AG’s ‘Good Catch’ scheme: Empowering workers to proactively create a safer working environmentWorker InvolvementCompany-wide2019 False
Arc flash safety initiatives - RUNNER UPMaintenance & HousekeepingCement plant2019 False
Batch heater barrel upgradeMaintenance & HousekeepingAsphalt/Coating plant2019 False
Bespoke moveable stop signsWorker InvolvementQuarry2019 False
Bottom opening skipProduction and ProcessingConcrete products plant2019 False
Latest toolbox talks
Incident alerts
Incident No.TitleDateType of LocationActivity
03583HSE Prosecution results in £640,000 fine for a ‘FATAL 6’ related incident in which operator seriously injured within the Food Manufacturing sector18/01/2021OtherGuarding and isolation
03582Inspection on a Komatsu loading shovel identifies serious fault in wheel rim12/01/2021Asphalt/Coating plantMaintenance & Housekeeping
03581Fatal 6 - Stored energy medical treatment injury - BMAPA Alert07/01/2021Aggregate DredgerMaintenance & Housekeeping
03580Fatal 6 - Lifting operation LTI injury - BMAPA Alert03/12/2020Aggregate DredgerLifting
03578Contractor rope handling injury – BMAPA Alert03/12/2020Wharf Transport / Delivery
Hot topics
TitleShort DescriptionSourceDate
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

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 FranceThe 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.MPA11/01/2021
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 England07/01/2021
Wales Drowning Prevention StrategyMPA Wales supports the Wales' Drowning Prevention Strategy That was launched on Monday.MPA21/12/2020
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