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Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

On-line version ISSN 2411-9717
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FOSTER, P.J.; PARAND, A.  and  BENNETT, J.G.. Improving the safety performance of the UK quarrying industry through a behavioural based safety intervention. J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. [online]. 2008, vol.108, n.11, pp.683-690. ISSN 2411-9717.

This paper summarizes a behavioural safety project undertaken in seven quarries in the UK in order to investigate its applicability as a means of raising the standards of health and safety in the UK quarrying industry. A behavioural safety methodology was developed and trialed at two quarry sites in the UK. During the study the number of unsafe acts and minor accidents had decreased and at one of the quarries there was a 95% reduction in the number of working days lost. It was then introduced at a further five sites of varying sizes and within this focused specifically on lone workers as well as behaviours that affected quality and environmental issues. Positive improvements were noted in most of these operations. The project also looked at the effectiveness of health and safety performance indicators. Here, the common lead and trailing indicators for both safety and health that are commonly used by industry were identified. In consultation with the UK quarrying industry these were then used to identify specific performance measurement criteria that can be used by the quarrying sector to measure performance. Following on from this, a quarry specific health and safety management system specification was developed for large and small quarries

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