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Pallett Hill achieves PRIME site status

Pallett Hill Quarry workers

CEMEX-operated site awarded Professional Recognition in Mineral Extraction status by Institute of Quarrying

CEMEX’S Pallett Hill Quarry, in North Yorkshire, known for its supply of high-quality aggregates and ready-mixed concrete, has been recognized as a PRIME  (Professional Recognition In Mineral Extraction) site by the Institute of Quarrying (IQ). 

Since its launch by IQ in 2014, PRIME promotes excellence within the extractives industry by highlighting the importance of continuing professional development (CPD) for staff working within the sector, and the ways in which it can be used to deliver improvements and help introduce new skilled people into the industry.


The accreditation scheme continues to be the driving force behind the introduction of the new Technical Member (TMIQ) grade, which is awarded to employees who achieve vocational and other qualifications, along with the completion of CPD. 

Sam Shepherd, quarry manager at Pallett Hill, said: ‘My first involvement with PRIME was back in 2015 and I immediately knew that this was a standard this site could and would achieve. It has the associated professional benefits of being recognized for what we do, as well as the joint kudos for everyone involved at Pallett Hill, as achieving PRIME is a true team effort.’

IQ general manager, Mike Phillips, personally conducted the site audit at Pallett Hill. The CEMEX-owned quarry is a site close to his heart, having worked at Pallett Hill earlier in his career.

He commented: ‘It was great to spend time at Pallett Hill and it brought back many happy memories. Having visited and toured this site I can see a real change. The continued improvements are really noticeable and I hope the further work into the future carries on. 

‘The introduction of a quarry vegetable patch was one of many innovative ideas where managers, supervisors and operatives can truly work together and glean true value from their time at work. Personally, I was very impressed with Sam’s attitude and approach towards modern day quarry management and this clearly shows it works.’

Mr Shepherd added: ‘Having being involved in the steering group for PRIME, I understand the rigour with which the audit process is undertaken, so I am very proud of the team here for being recognized as the true professionals that they are. 

‘I know that we are one of the first at CEMEX to achieve this accolade, and hope that many sites will follow in our footsteps. This process has led to improvement not only for my team and myself, but also for the site as a whole. We all understand the value of increased morale and engagement and the celebration of this achievement, along with the friendly competition it will engender, is a positive influence for all.’


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