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Huntsmans Quarries Ltd

Company profile

  • No. of employees: 40
  • Business sector: Construction
  • Business activities: Quarrying and processing of stone for construction and building
  • Stakeholders: Owners, managers, employees, clients
  • Location: Gloucestershire

Quarrying operates in a highly competitive market and carries significant health and safety risks. Huntsmans Quarries constantly try to improve productivity but refuse to compromise health and safety. Improvement initiatives led to a prestigious Quarry Products Association (QPA) Health and Safety award and yielded significant business benefits. Health and safety has become part of the company culture and they continue to work at reducing health and safety risk.

The challenge

A simple assessment of health and safety risks identified a number of improvement opportunities. The managing director and the employees worked together on health and safety innovations covering manual handling, plant maintenance and slips, trips and falls.

What did the company do?

The managing director is keen to make health and safety management simple and is keen to avoid bureaucracy in a small business. His approach is to make health and safety part of the company culture by:

Business benefits

Health and safety benefits

Cost benefits

Leadership

‘We were always positive about operating a safe business but since we started actively engaging with our staff on the issue and more importantly acting on their suggestions, we have reduced our accidents per employee by 50% and for the last 18 months eliminated any RIDDOR reportable accidents achieving a 100% improvement.’

David Glenn, Managing Director

Worker involvement

The workforce is actively encouraged to identify health and safety risks and to implement improvements. The company acts upon all comments that are put forward. As an example, employees identified and implemented changes to the maintenance of the rock crusher in order to remove the need to enter the machine to perform regular maintenance.

‘We are now encouraged to report all near misses –  not just accidents. There is a no blame atmosphere and all employees can suggest ways to improve health and safety.’

Claire Smith, Admin Supervisor

 ‘We were always aware that health and safety was important but it always seemed to be somebody else’s responsibility. However following the recent changes you feel much more involved and it is important to know that our ideas count.’

Mr D Oliver, Walling Stone Foreman

‘I am a passionate believer that a safe business is a happier and profitable one. When you can actively engage everyone in the process it is very gratifying what can be achieved. Our aim is to have zero accidents every year.’

David Glenn, Managing Director

Updated 2014-02-21