HSE commends quarry industry's safety record
Major health and safety improvements at the UK's quarries were celebrated at a special exhibition earlier this week.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed that reportable injuries in the sector have declined by 76 per cent since it launched the 'Hard Target' initiative in 2000.
In addition, the event provided the HSE with an opportunity to restate its 'Target Zero' project, which aims to reduce injuries by a further 15 per cent year-on-year by 2015.
"The quarrying industry has demonstrated what can be achieved when an industry sector commits to improvement in health and safety," said HSE chair Judith Hackitt.
"However, there is no room for complacency. As the number of incidents decrease, it will get ever more challenging for the industry to make further gains."
The HSE also used the Hillhead 2010 exhibition to commend the companies, trade bodies and trade unions for their role in reducing the number of injuries in the sector.
Companies involved in the quarry industry are urged to use a number of safety measures during their work, such as warning signs.
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