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Aberdo awarded BAA Quarry of the Year

Aberdo award

North Wales quarry secures title under the BAA Scheme of the Assessment of Operating Standards

CCP’s Aberdo Quarry, near Pentre Halkyn, in North Wales, was awarded ‘Quarry of the Year’ under the British Aggregates Association (BAA) Scheme for the Assessment of Operating Standards (AOS) at the Association’s AGM earlier this year.

The Scheme, which has now been in operation for more than 10 years, has the objective of raising health and safety standards at BAA members’ sites. Each site joining the Scheme undergoes a rigorous inspection by an approved independent assessor and the results are judged by a panel of quarry operators to ensure the site has reached the standard required.

The assessor particularly felt the commitment to health and safety at Aberdo Quarry was excellent. The site produces more than 500,000 tonnes of limestone aggregate per annum for the local market. There is a deposit of chert at the quarry, which is processed separately for use in cement manufacture.

The crushing and screening plant at Aberdo is mobile and operated by contractors. The company manages both its own staff and contractors on an equal basis, ensuring there are no weak links in health and safety in the day-to-day quarry operations.

CCP, who took over the operation of the quarry from family ownership less than two years ago, are now part of the SigmaRoc group of companies. In line with many other companies in the quarrying sector, they are actively encouraging more women to make a career in the industry, as can be seen in the group photo above.

The photo shows the shield being presented to Victoria Harrison, deputy quarry manager, by Steve Cole, chair of the BAA panel for the AOS Scheme. On the far right is quarry manager Huw Evans, who has recently joined the company.

Mr Cole congratulated all the staff on achieving the standard required for the award and applauded the good communication on health and safety taking place at the site, in a team effort to stay safe.

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