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MPA Health and Safety Awards 2010

THE biggest Mineral Products Association Health and Safety Best Practice Awards to date were held last week, in association with the Institute of Quarrying, at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in London. This year a record-breaking 347 entries were received with more independent and SME members of the MPA participating in, winning and attending the Awards than ever before.

The two top prizes, the Sir Frank Davies Trophy, for companies with less than 1,000 employees, and the John Crabbe Memorial Trophy, for outstanding excellence in health and safety, were won by A-one+ Consortium (Colas, Halcrow, Costain) and Midland Quarry Products respectively.

As well as the main trophy winners across the seven award categories, many other outstanding examples of industry best practice and innovation in health and safety were showcased and celebrated at the Awards as part of MPA members’ drive to achieve Zero Harm. In addition, several Special Awards were presented and 20 named individuals were recognized for ‘going that extra mile’ in furthering the cause of health and safety.

‘The efforts our members are making to improve health and safety deserve praise and recognition,’ said Nigel Jackson, chief executive of the MPA. ‘This year, the high level of positive involvement in the scheme from independents and SMEs, in addition to the significant number of entries submitted by our major members, is particularly gratifying. We are happy to have introduced new awards tailored to reward SMEs for their success in health and safety best practice.’

Judith Hackitt CBE, chair of the HSE and a principal guest speaker at the Awards, commented: ‘Three years ago I was impressed by the progress you had already made, and by the level of openness you had achieved in sharing good practices across the sector. But above all I was impressed by the practical common sense innovations which you were showcasing, which had been implemented in companies and were making a really big difference to health and safety on the ground in the workplace.

‘As your performance has improved and as the HSE has worked with this industry sector over the last 10 years, I hope that you will have observed that the relationship between the industry and the regulator has changed. The MPA and the quarrying sector is an excellent example of how that relationship between industry and regulator has matured and evolved into partnership.’


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