During the past ten years the vast majority of small and medium sized quarrying companies have spent a considerable amount of time and money on improving the safety and health of their staff. This has been witnessed through the BAA’s Scheme for Assessing Operating Standards and it is obvious that these efforts have resulted in safer, healthier and more productive organisations.
It is most unfortunate however that we have neither celebrated nor monitored this improvement in our operating standards. In its recently published draft sector plan for quarries the Health and Safety Executive reported that safety competence within the industry ranges from good (mostly the multinational companies) to very poor (mainly SMEs who are not members of a trade body). While the BAA have made representation to the HSE regarding this statement it is very difficult to challenge their allegation in the absence of any good statistical data.
At the 2016 Annual General Meeting it was agreed by members that as a trade association we would start to collect accident statistics from our members. Following discussions with a number of members a simple reporting form was developed . Early in 2017 an appeal was made to all members to submit their accident statistics assuring them that all statistics would at all times be treated as strictly confidential.
Annual accident statistics are reported in the members section within the Health and Safety Forum and should members who are not yet involved with the reporting of statistics wish to submit their data a reporting form can be found in the Health and Safety Forum that is open to all members.