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Colin Nottage has worked within the fields of health, safety, quality and environmental management for over 25 years. After having run large health and safety departments in major industry he established his own consultancy in 2006, which was rebranded in 2012 as Influential Management Group (IMG). His philosophy is straightforward, keep things simple and interact fully with the people doing the work. Each month Colin will post a blog on subjects relevant to the quarrying industry.

21 July 2017

It is with great sadness that I have heard about a number of recent incidents in our industry that have resulted in fatalities.

12 June 2017

If I asked you to write me a blank cheque, sign it, don’t put in the payee name or cheque amount, would you do it? I don’t think so.

What if I said leave the amount blank but just put in...

25 April 2017

I was with a HSE quarry inspector recently and we were discussing the HSE hot topics.

27 March 2017

This month I want to give you a few things to think about on one of the basic health and safety topics, maintenance and inspection. When I go on site I see an enormous variation in standards of...

28 February 2017

Yes, it’s that time of the year again. You get the urge to sort stuff out, have a good tidy up, empty the garage, chuck out those clothes that don’t quite fit like they used too. It can be very...

30 January 2017

I was thinking about how my business has transformed in the last few years. It was 2011 when I moved from Bristol up to Stamford. Bristol is a great city but Stamford has brought a great life. I...

22 December 2016

I often get asked where is the best place to go for the answer to a site health and safety issue. I hear people say the HSE website – yes, there is some good stuff there, but it probably won’t...

28 November 2016

Tis the season to be jolly – and for many, it starts with an office party. Without wanting to be a party-pooper, this is a situation that can lead to all sorts of concerns for the health and...

31 October 2016

Every year exposure to hazardous substances at work affects the health of thousands of people.

30 September 2016

So, we are coming into the winter months. Nights are getting longer, the weather is turning. Travelling to and from work and when driving for the company can be one of the most hazardous...

26 August 2016

Every year more than 4,000 people are seriously injured when falling from height. People think of working at height as working from scaffolding, mobile elevated work platforms or cherry pickers....

04 August 2016

We are continually hearing bad news coming out of Europe, America and from our politicians on financial performance. There is rumour of a recession after the Brexit vote but let’s not dwell on...

11 July 2016

OK, so England didn’t do that well in the Euros, but wow we can we learn from the Welsh.

The term teamwork has been mentioned loads, as well as having the right belief...

10 June 2016

Most of you are probably bored to death with the wall-to-wall football that has been on TV. Whilst I am writing this England are still in the competition and hopefully will do well, but...

13 May 2016

I often get asked what training do people need when they join a company. As with most questions, it could be answered with, ‘well it depends’, but would this really help? I believe that...