health and safety

  2013 2014
Lost Time Incident Frequency Rate (LTIFR) for MPA membership 5.13 3.25

* (LTIFR = Lost Time Incidents for direct employees per 1 million hours worked)

Health and safety is our industry’s top priority. Our ultimate aim is simply “Zero Harm”. In 2009, our members achieved the five-year “Hard Target” of halving the number of reportable injuries amongst employees. The actual reduction in reportable injuries in the aggregates sector since the first sector hard target was introduced 10 years earlier was a remarkable 84 per cent. In 2009, a renewed hard target was set to halve again the rate of lost time injuries for direct employees by the end of 2014.  Such has been the combined success of the MPA membership, that this interim target was achieved 21 months early. At the end of 2014, MPA set a further challenging 5 year integrated Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate 65% reduction target.

Similar success with cutting contractors injuries, however, is proving more elusive, though positive statistical signs were evident in the latter half of 2013.  Evidence indicates that contractors remain at disproportionate risk of injury, hence the MPA's strong focus on this issue through the “Safer by Partnership” initiative.

The sharing of best practice is one of our strongest tools. Our most recent health and safety awards attracted 150 entries from 37 different organisations, every one of which represented ideas brought to fruition and offered to others.

We also operate the website - the health and safety hub for the mineral products industry in the UK and used in 111 other countries, with constantly updated information, resources and email alerts for registered users.

MPA has launched the industry’s first health and safety App “MPA Safequarry”. The free App is part of a suite of health and safety related Apps planned by the MPA. The App is designed to make the information on the website even more accessible and interactive. Via the App, users will have instant access to the content on such as incident alerts, industry guidance, safety videos, latest innovations, toolbox talks and much more.

Read more about the app and how to download it here.

MPA has also produced a short video about the App that is viewable on its YouTube channel here.

A range of other “Safer by ….” initiatives are summarised under the “Competence” heading.

Transport is another continuing focus.  As part of its Cycle Safe campaign, aimed at preventing collisions between industry delivery vehicles and cyclists, motorcyclists, etc, MPA has introduced a Vulnerable Road User Safety Policy which is now aligned with the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safey (CLOCS) Standard. More information on this campaign is available under the "Transport" heading.

Health and safety in the mineral products industry extends to preventing trespass and unintended access to sites by the general public, entailing extensive educational work, well designed fencing and signage.  The well-known MPA “Stay Safe” initiative receives fresh impetus each year.

The ultimate aspiration of MPA members is zero harm and to meet the current Hard Target.