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06 October 2009

80% Less Reportable Injuries: MPA Health and Safety Awards Highlight Commitment to Target Zero

The prestigious MPA Health and Safety Best Practice Awards 2009 took place today at the Institution of Civil Engineers in Central London.  In the last 10 years, accidents amongst MPA members have been reduced by a staggering 80% and the Awards underline the determination of MPA members to focus on the Hard Target of Zero Injuries. The sector is well on course to attaining its goal and this achievement was highlighted in the range of exceptional and innovative examples of health and safety best practice, which were showcased at the Awards.
This year there were 211 entries across 8 categories, a surprisingly high level of entries considering the challenging economic climate. The categories were:

  • Occupational Good Health
  • LGV Drivers Safety
  • Worker Involvement
  • Contractors Safety
  • Communicating Bitumen Safety
  • Training Initiatives
  • Management Systems Initiatives
  • Engineering Initiatives

The two top prizes, the Sir Frank Davies Trophy, for best small or medium sized enterprise, and the John Crabbe Memorial Trophy, for overall excellence in health and safety, were won by Singleton Birch Ltd and Lafarge Aggregates and Concrete UK respectively.

Chris Leese, Vice-President Ready-mix and Mortars CEMEX UK, was Chairman of the event and he was joined by Lord Jordan of Bournville, CBE, the Principal Guest and President of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, who presented the awards.

Lord Jordan congratulated MPA on its “exemplar performance” in reducing reportable injuries and went on to say:

“The mineral products industry is critically important to the future of the UK – but arguably its contribution to creating – quite literally - the foundations of the UK economy is under-recognised.  Just as under-recognised in my view is the fantastic work which your association and its members and stakeholders have undertaken to drive down workplace accidents and to safeguard employees’ health.” 

Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive MPA, said:
“These Awards, today, demonstrate the vibrancy of our sector in identifying, sharing and communicating health and safety best practice.  MPA’s overarching expectation of Zero Injuries is complemented by an interim five year Hard Target to halve the number of injuries incurred in 2004.  I can safely predict that by the end of 2009 we WILL meet and beat this target.” 

The ‘Safer by Design’ Initiative, a voluntary guidance in safe plant design, led by the MPA, was also launched at the Awards.

The event had an excellent turnout of over 200 attendees, including entrants, industry representatives, key health and safety personnel, representatives from HSE and other stakeholder organisations.

The full results table can be downloaded here.


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