The Chair of the Health and Safety Executive Judith Hackitt joined key Industry leaders and regulators involved in the quarrying industry at an event at Midland Quarry Products Cliffe Hill Quarry in Ellistown, Leicestershire.
Midland Quarry Products (MQP) based in Coalville employs 130 people and a further 150 drivers/contractors. It produces aggregates and asphalt which is used throughout the Midlands.
The event set out some of the safety and health challenges in quarrying and examined a modern day risk management approach in traditional quarrying – an industry which is showing significant signs of improvement in performance from a historically poor safety record.
Following the formal part of the event, Judith Hackitt was given a tour of the quarry and pressed the button to initiate a 24,000 tonne quarry blast.
Simon Willis, Managing Director, Midland Quarry Products Ltd, said:
“MQP was honoured to host the visit of Judith Hackitt to Cliffe Hill Quarry. Improving the health and safety of our operations and all the people who work there is the most important issue for MQP. I am very proud that it is now eight years since MQP had an employee lost time injury and am determined to continue improving our business to move us towards Zero Harm.
The visit gave us the fantastic opportunity to get feedback on our strategy from the Health and Safety regulator and Industry leaders.”
23 November 2011