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Quarry health and safety

Quarrying remains one of the most dangerous industries to work in, since 2000 over 3500 workers have suffered an injury reportable to HSE, 31 of those being fatal.

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Health and safety made simple

This site is for employers and those who want some basic information on what they must do to make sure their businesses comply with health and safety law.

The basics for your business

Target Zero

QNJAC initiative aimed at ultimately delivering quarrying as a zero harm industry.

Target Zero and its predecessors have helped reduce accidents in quarries by over 80% since 2000.

The next phase of Target Zero is committing itself to reducing injuries by a further 15% year-on-year to 2015 compared to a 2010 baseline.

More on Target Zero

QNJAC guidance

The HSE is a member of the Quarries National Joint Advisory Committee (QNJAC). QNJAC produces guidance, toolbox talks and other information to assist the industry in achieving its ultimate aim of zero harm. This resource is free and is endorsed by all of the members of QNJAC.

Further QNJAC guidance

Competence

The Quarries Regulations 1999 are different both from more general health and safety regulations and also from the previous Mines and Quarries Act.

More on competence

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Updated 2019-09-25