Quarries are dangerous places to work in, with risks from explosions, heavy materials and vehicles; all of which could cause serious personal injury to workers. The 1999 Quarries Regulations aims to improve standards of health and safety in quarries. However, accidents can still occur if safety measures are not taken.
Health and safety guidance
All equipment in the quarry should be inspected before use to avoid any work accidents. This may include the checking and maintenance of safety equipment.
Specific areas of the quarry that are dangerous should be marked appropriately. Only people with the correct training and authorisation should be allowed in dangerous areas, such as significant overhangs of the quarry, or edges of excavation that could collapse onto people and cause personal injury.
Anyone working with explosives in a quarry should be trained properly with respect to health and safety, and be authorised. It is also important to have a supervisor to organise and oversee any work with explosives in the quarry.
If vehicles are being used in quarries then health and safety checks must be implemented to make sure they are suitable for the work required, and that their drivers are suitably authorised. Speed limits and other restrictions must be clearly marked and enforced. Weather conditions must also be taken into consideration, as accidents can happen if the driving conditions become unsafe due to fog, ice, snow or rain.
Barriers must be put up surrounding the quarry to discourage members of the public from trespassing and potentially injuring themselves.
Have you had a recent accident at work?
If you have been a victim of a work-related injury at a quarry, or a similar workplace, then you could gain compensation for your injury with the help of Accident Advice Helpline.
To qualify for personal injury compensation you must have had an accident at work in the last three years that was not your fault.
Since 2000, Accident Advice Helpline has helped people gain compensation after work place accidents that were not their fault. Our helpline is available 24/7 for you to speak to a staff member and receive advice about making a claim after your work accident.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 or fill in our 30-second compensation calculator test to start your claim today.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Health and safety at work