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UEPG awards for two MPA members

TWO Mineral Products Association member companies, Lafarge Aggregates Ltd and Hanson UK, won top prizes at the European Aggregates Association (UEPG) Sustainable Development Awards in Munich on 27 May.

Hanson UK won the overall ‘Social Pillar’ category and were presented with the Health and Safety Best Practice Award for Criggion Quarry in Shropshire, while Lafarge Aggregates Ltd won the Restoration Best Practice Special Award for the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.

Hanson’s winning submission for Criggion Quarry demonstrated how the company responded to repeated injury incidents involving falls from mobile plant, by commissioning an in-company survey of all UK mobile plant to identify and install remedial measures.

Machines were inspected for evidence of defective design and 550 individual machine reports were generated, covering 260 items of mobile plant. Managers and staff co-operated positively and installed a wide range of practical health and safety improvements, reducing accident potential at all company sites.

The award-winning submission from Lafarge Aggregates Ltd outlined the development and importance of the National Memorial Arboretum. Restoration of the site where the National Memorial Arboretum now stands was completed by Lafarge Aggregates in the 1990s. As well as providing the land, Lafarge have been instrumental in the creation and rapid growth of the Arboretum.

Now the Arboretum represents over 150 groups (military and other), employs over 20 people and has over 100 regular volunteers. In 2008 nearly 300,000 people passed through its gates. The continued expansion of the site is being managed in conjunction with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. The Trust has helped encourage a rich diversity of wildlife throughout a wide variety of habitats.

Commenting on the awards, MPA chief executive Nigel Jackson said: ‘Two of our members winning top prizes at European level is an excellent achievement and an accolade we can all be proud of.’


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