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27 October 2020

MPA Launches New Workplace Transport/Pedestrian Interface Resources to Support Members in the Drive to Eliminate ‘The Fatal 6’

Workplace Transport and Pedestrian Interface has been identified by MPA's Health & Safety Committee as one of 'The Fatal 6' high consequence hazards that have been the main cause of fatalities and serious injuries and incidents over the last decade.

Developed by members of the MPA’s Vehicles and Pedestrians Health and Safety Working Group the resources act as a tool for sites to help them understand and control the typical risks that they manage in environments where vehicles and pedestrians interact. They build on the easily deployable Clear, Simple, Smart resources on Isolation, Covid-19 and Mental Health and Wellbeing that have already been launched by MPA this year. Using ‘guiding principles’, cartoons, consistent messaging, posters and (with support from MPQC) training tools, managers can deploy the resources to help improve on site behaviours and safety practices as part of MPA’s mission to eliminate ‘The Fatal 6’ incidents from operations.
 
The resources are as follows:

  • Workplace Transport & Pedestrian Interface Handbook: A 147 page, A5 handbook, designed to assist supervisors and managers on site and support other industry technical guidance. Follows the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) cycle. The narrative and practical examples have been taken from materials that were received from MPA members, both large and small, after a request to share best practice on this subject.
  • Employees Best Practice Vehicle and Pedestrian Segregation Pocketbook: A 23 page, A6 pocketbook, designed for operatives and site personnel, this document describes the variety of traffic, vehicle and pedestrian management plans which when followed appropriately ensure that sites can work safely. It has been prepared to raise awareness of the subject and to help guide the industry towards a safer working environment.
  • Four separate posters designed for use on site notice boards and in canteens and rest areas.
  • Stickers for use in relevant areas around sites, including in cabs of vehicles.

All these resources are available here on www.safequarry.com/Fatal-6/Fatal-6-Step-2.aspx.

MPQC has produced the ‘Workplace Transport and Pedestrian Interface’ e-learning course (sponsored by the Institute of Quarrying) to remind managers and employees, of their responsibilities and duties, and to ensure that operations proceed with safe people, safe plant, and a safe work environment. The e-learning will focus on key subjects of the guidance and embed learning through interaction and knowledge checks. At the end of the modules, there will be an assessment of understanding and a certificate will be issued by MPQC, upon successful completion. Register, adding your National Insurance Number at www.mpconnect.co.uk.

Chris Leese, MPA’s Health & Safety Special Advisor said:
“Even those companies who may think that they already have this issue covered might want to consider re-auditing or repeating the campaign focus.

“Our collective experience shows that either people begin to forget the seriousness of the types of incidents that can occur or that changes are not fully embedded; and there are always some new things we can all learn and implement in our workplaces. By embracing the MPA principles of safer by sharing in this way, we are all helping to reduce the risk of another serious incident occurring. We are determined as an industry, by focusing on the causes of the most serious incidents and by working together, to eliminate ‘The Fatal 6’ from our workplaces”.  

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About the Mineral Products Association:
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. With the affiliation of British Precast, the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR), Eurobitume, MPA Northern Ireland, MPA Scotland and the British Calcium Carbonate Federation, it has a growing membership of 520 companies and is the sectoral voice for mineral products. MPA membership is made up of the vast majority of independent SME quarrying companies throughout the UK, as well as the 9 major international and global companies. It covers 100% of UK cement and lime production, 90% of GB aggregates production, 95% of asphalt and over 70% of ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete production. In 2016, the industry supplied £18 billion worth of materials and services to the Economy. It is also the largest supplier to the construction industry, which had annual output valued at £169 billion in 2018. Industry production represents the largest materials flow in the UK economy and is also one of the largest manufacturing sectors. For more information visit: www.mineralproducts.org

For further information, please contact Elizabeth Clements at Elizabeth.Clements@mineralproducts.org  ; tel: 07775 894 285.

   
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