mines and quarries

Fishing has the highest average workplace fatality rate globally, ahead of mining and quarrying, according to latest figures

Fishing had the highest average fatality rate, with safety threats including working in unpredictable weather conditions, on the open water and from great heights. Read More

Quarrying company fined £300k after blasting operation puts workers at risk

Breedon Trading Ltd has been fined for safety breaches after a fly rock projection event occurred during the use of explosives. Read More

Quarry firm fined after conveyor belt injury

Investigating, the HSE found the guarding of the screener unit was not adequate. Read More

Underground worker killed by falling load at colliery

UK Coal Mining Ltd has been ordered to pay £300,000 in fines and costs after a locomotive driver died when 40 steel pipes fell on him at a colliery in Nottinghamshire. Read More

NZ mining disaster: Sweeping away of old laws left industry “in limbo”

New laws to improve worker participation in health and safety matters and toughen up directors' duties should be given early attention, according to an official report into the Pike River mining tragedy in New Zealand two years ago. Read More

Huge penalties imposed on two firms in coal-mining death case

UK Coal has been warned it must "demonstrate very robustly" that it will learn from the issues raised in the latest case against it for safety breaches that led to the death of a worker Read More

Partnership the focus for quarries sector initiative

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has developed a new health and safety initiative aimed at reducing the number of injuries and cases of ill health among contractors in the quarries sector, as part of its pursuit of a 'Zero Harm' strategy. Read More

UK Coal pleads guilty to safety breaches for mine death

The UK's biggest coal mining firm has admitted health and safety offences following the death of a miner at a North Yorkshire colliery. Read More

Judge takes pity on UK Coal when setting fines

A judge has imposed smaller fines than planned on energy provider UK Coal, in relation to four separate fatal incidents, as he felt adding a huge sum to the costs would be "unjust and effectively punish the defendant twice". Read More

Quarry workers tribute to dad triumphs in minerals-sector awards

A quarry worker who spent the last years of his life raising awareness of respiratory health and the dangers of dust has posthumously helped an aggregates company win a prestigious industry safety award. Read More

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