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
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
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Incident alerts
Incident No.TitleDateType of LocationActivity
03597Fatal 6 - Mooring lines 19/08/2021Marine & ship to shoreMarine Operations
03596Vessel grounding HiPo - BMAPA Alert19/07/2021Aggregate DredgerMarine Operations
03595Fatal 1 - Lorry driver near miss - Head stuck under tipper body08/07/2021Construction/delivery siteTransport / Delivery
03594Fatal 5 - Two incidents involving the delivery of concrete06/07/2021Construction/delivery siteLifting
03593Importance of the correct eye PPE 30/06/2021Aggregate DredgerMaintenance & Housekeeping
Hot topics
TitleShort DescriptionSourceDate
HSE issue new Driving and riding safety for work webpages

HSE and the Department for Transport have worked with stakeholders to create new ‘Driving and riding safely for work’ webpages.

There is clear, simple guidance:

  • for employers and those who engage drivers and riders on how to make sure the journey, driver and vehicle are safe
  • for workers and those who drive and ride for work on their responsibilities 
Quarries Regulation 1999 - Regulation 32 - Appraisal of excavations and tips

Appraisals conducted in accordance with Regulation 32 are a vital part of the safe systems of work and are mandatory under the law. However, the process is often misunderstood and compliance is often poor. This guidance is intended to provide some clarity on the process of Regulation 32 Appraisals.

In addition to reviewing this document, please also see Geotechnical sel-audit form.that has been produced by QNJAC

Geotechnical self-audit form

This self-audit has been produced by a working group of QNJAC which comprises industry experts from varied backgrounds, the Trade Unions and HSE.

The purpose of this document is to provide a structured framework to enable organisations to carry out self-audits of geotechnical procedures to prove their effectiveness as well as identifying weaknesses in the systems on site that could lead to serious injury or loss of life. It can be used and adapted by any organisation that creates excavations and tips for the purposes of extraction and quarrying and where the requirements of the Quarries Regulations 1999 apply.

Updated Guidance for Quarry Personnel on the Discovery of Misfired ExplosivesInformation on how to recognise misfired explosives discovered during the quarrying process and what steps to take.
COVID 19 - MPA recommendations to members and HSE comments

MPA has issued a Direct to its members with recommendations on the continuing use of  COVID 19 protective measures following the Government changes introduced on the 19th July.

In a separate discussion with MPA, the HSE have highlighted the following points

  • Nothing changes - employers are expected to maintain Covid 19 control measures in the workplace.
  • We are still in a pandemic, not an endemic (e.g. seasonal flu)
  • People can make choices socially but the workplace is different – workers still need to be protected in the workplace
  • Double vaccination is not seen as a control measure as its effectiveness against variants and over the longer term are unknown
  • The five main elements for control are:
    • Social distancing
    • Reducing social contacts (physical barriers/cohorts etc.)
    • Surface cleaning
    • Hygiene (washrooms etc)
    • Ventilation
  • HSE will continue to inspect and enforce on Covid safety, using the Management Regulations and HSWA as a basis
  • Employers need to maintain, review and update Covid risk assessments which should identify appropriate controls and reference the guidance
  • BEIS website is useful source of information



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