Quarrying is a highly competitive industry with significant health and safety risks. Companies are constantly seeking to improve productivity while protecting their staff.
Huntsmans Quarries refuses to compromise the safety of their workers to increase their profits. Recently, they undertook an assessment of their health and safety culture and processes to see where improvements could be made. The resulting developments led to a prestigious Quarry Products Association Health and Safety award and yielded significant business benefits. Health and safety has become part of the company culture and they continue to work on reducing health and safety risks.
A simple assessment of health and safety risks identified a number of improvement opportunities. As Huntsmans is a small company, the managing director was keen to avoid excessive bureaucracy and make health and safety management as simple as possible. The managing director and the employees worked together on health and safety innovations covering manual handling, plant maintenance, and slips, trips and falls.
The following changes were implemented:
The company acts upon all comments that are put forward. For example, employees identified and implemented changes to the maintenance of the rock crusher to remove the need to enter the machine when performing regular maintenance.
The workforce is fully involved in identifying innovations to reduce health and safety risks. By establishing a culture of safety, employees take responsibility for their own safety and that of their team. In addition, a safety committee and regular site safety walks were initiated.
Quarrying is considered a high risk industry with regards to manual handling. With correct work practices and training, these risks can be greater reduced. Huntsman invested approximately $8,000 in specific manual handling training.
The benefits to Huntsmans’ profitability were impressive. These include:
The safety benefits were equally impressive and included: