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TRANSPORT - FATAL 2 & 6 - MYSPACE - pre-delivery safety checks

A recent incident alert, that involved the rollover of a readymix truck, highlighted a number of common causes / driver errors associated with rollovers. One of them was

  •  Not carrying out a MYSAFE assessment, taking the time to scan the jobsite prior to positioning for discharge.

Following publication of the incident alert, more information has been requested about the MYSPACE system developed by CEMEX , it is a checklist for drivers prior to delivery.

A PowerPoint about MYSPACE and the checklist form have now been added to the toolbox talks on Safequarry.

The system is also referenced on page 26 of the MPA's Drivers Handbook. See below


MPA Health and Safety Awards 2024

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is calling for entries to the prestigious 2024 Health & Safety Awards, which have just been launched. 

MPA welcomes entries from organisations, large or small, and which may be members or non-members of the MPA but operating in the product sector represented by MPA. This might include operators, contractors, suppliers, other service providers or organisations that represent companies or individuals working in the sector.

Entries must relate to activities based in the UK, and may be made on an individual organisation or joint organisation basis

Watch the video to find out more.

Briefing notes and entry forms are downloadable from the Awards section of Safequarry

MPAAll Subjects15/02/2024
TRANSPORT – Fatal 6 - MPA Partners with 'Driving For Better Business'

MPA has partnered with National Highways' 'Driving for Better Business', reinforcing the industry's ongoing commitments to road safety, and taking the next step towards eliminating road-related risk.

Driving for Better Business (DfBB) is a free to access Government-backed National Highways programme, delivered in partnership with leading forum RoadSafe, that aims to improve road safety by promoting good management practices and demonstrating the benefits for organisations, their employees, contractors and other road users.

Image of  the type of resources produced by Diving for Business

Safety Shower Guidance - Eurobitume 2016

A recent review of the guidelines on Safequarry that relate to the safe delivery and storage of bitumen highlighted that guidelines on safety showers were not included. Guidelines, which were produced by Eurobitume in 2016, have now been added.

They provide uniform minimum considerations for the performance, use, installation and maintenance of emergency safety shower equipment at facilities where bitumen products are handled in bulk and at elevated temperature. It is not an exhaustive list of considerations and, as such, anyone considering installing safety shower equipment should consult with a competent engineer or safety professional.

A specific risk and exposure analysis must be completed by the responsible party before any operation, new installation and reviewed if any modification is undertaken. 

Delivery drivers should be instructed not to make a delivery if the shower is found to be inoperable. Please note that during periods of cold weather it is especially important to check the emergency shower to ensure that trace heating or other measures designed to prevent freezing are operating correctly.

Eurobitume UKBitumen, storage and delivery29/01/2024
MPA publishes Issue no 9 of Health and Safety bulletin

The MPA Health and Safety bulletin is now available to download

The highlights in this edition include

  • MPA Health and Safety Awards 2024
  • Preventing Serious Incidents - sharing information
  • Safequarry - update and incident alerts
  • Launch of new reporting protocol
  • Update of H&S Statistics Q3 2023
MPAAll Subjects23/01/2024
Fatal 1 - MPA webinars on LOTOTO

One week to go before the 1st MPA webinar on LOTOTO - register now for free webinar

See flyer for more information on the two webinars on LOTOTO being run by MPA in conjunction with Reece on  31st January and 14th March. The webinar is titled 'Do not disrespect LOTOTO'

Fatal 1 - MPA webinars on LOTOTO

Please see information on two webinars on LOTOTO being run by MPA in conjunction with Reece on  31st January and 14th March. The webinar is titled 'Do not disrespect LOTOTO'


Please see information on a Midland Region  Health and Safety Awareness Day on the 11th April. 

MPA 10/01/2024
Tarmac partners with Mates in Mind to launch a campaign focussing on mental health

Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for some individuals. Research shows that a quarter of people say that this time of year makes their mental health worse. In the construction industry, poor mental health is also more prevalent – with a third of workers living with severe levels of anxiety, according to Mates in Mind.

Tarmac has launched a campaign with Mates in Mind which is based around a short video ‘The most wonderful time of the year?’. The video reinforces messaging about mental wellbeing, in particular, it highlights that if someone isn’t quite feeling themselves, they don’t need to face challenges alone.

Told through a single narrative, the film follows an individual through their working day as they struggle to open up about their problems. There is no dialogue from the worker for most of the video, until he confesses “I don’t think I’m ok”, to which his manager responds that he is there for him, offering to sit down and have a chat. The film demonstrates how stepping in and asking if someone is OK, can help open up the conversation for a person who may be experiencing challenges in their life.

Please view and, if you feel it is appropriate, share the video with others

‘The most wonderful time of the year?’

It may help someone within your organisation who is already struggling to seek support or remind your colleagues / employees of the importance of being aware of potential changes in others that may be an indication that they need some help.

If you choose to share the video, you could also include a reminder of the support that your organisation provides to help individuals with mental health issues or could include this link to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Section on Safequarry. This provides a links to two simple guidance booklets, one for managers and one for employees, and links to other organisations who can help.

More information about the Tarmac campaign is available from its website.

TarmacMental health14/12/2023
HSE Guidance on underground cables

Damage to underground electrical cables can cause fatal or severe injury and the law says you must take precautions to avoid danger.

This can be achieved by a safe system of work based on planning, use of plans, cable locating devices and safe digging practices.

These four elements complement each other, and should all be used when working near buried cables. Please follow link to the HSE Guidance on these 4 elements.

HSEElectrical equipment and cables29/11/2023
Safer by Sharing l

In this Hot Topic, MPA is highlighting two recent examples of the benefits of sharing incident alerts.

1.Incident involving bagged product

Following a recent incident alert, which highlighted how an operator had been injured whilst assisting a colleague who was using a telehandler to move bagged product , a member suggested the use of an alternative bag design that might help to mitigate the risk the operator was exposed to. 

Tunnel bags differ from standard builder’s bags as they come with two sleeves at the sides of the bag in addition to the traditional 4 lifting loops. The sleeves are reinforced to stop the tunnel ripping or coming away from the body of the bag. The two sleeves create a tunnel in which the forklift truck/telehandler can slide into making bags easier to transport. These bags could be used for holding large amounts of granular products such as sand, stone and gravel. 

Whilst not suggesting that the use of this bag would have been appropriate in the incident highlighted, providing feedback of this nature can be helpful when shared with others.

2. Use of mobile phones whilst driving

An incident alert that was produced by CEMEX, it includes a graphic video which explains the consequences of using a mobile phone whilst driving, it is based on an accident in 2021. The video also outlines CEMEX's policies in relation to the use of mobile phones. 

The video has been viewed over 860 times in the last 2 weeks. Ensuring that these powerful messages relating to the use of mobile phones has been reinforced across the MPA membership and other users of Safequarry.

Please share your incident alerts.


MPAVision Zero23/08/2023
World Drowning Prevention Day - Tuesday 25th July

Please support World Drowning Prevention Day by sharing water safety messages that will help save lives


Please share these key messages with your colleagues friend and family.

If you see someone in trouble in the water

Do not be tempted to jump in to help them, stay calm and follow these simple instructions

Please share the resources on

If you are in trouble in the water

This simple technique can save your life - 'Float to Live'

If you find yourself struggling in the water, or if you fall in unexpectedly, Float to Live. Relax and try to breathe normally. Tilt your head back and submerge your ears. Use your hands to help you stay afloat. Once your breathing is under control, call for help or swim to safety.         

Please share this powerful video produced by RNLI that explains the technique

MPAPublic safety23/07/2023
Fatal 1 - The importance of following LOTOTO

Please read the incident alert that is being sent out with this hot topic alert. 

The incident reports on the a recent event in which an isolator switch failed, if the fitter had not followed the 'try out' part of the LOTOTO procedure he might have incurred a serious injury or worse whilst maintaining a pump.

In addition to reading the alert, please also remind yourself of all the resources available from the Fatal 1 section of Safequarry. These include downloadable guidance documents, links to MPQC training modules and posters.