Quarry Safety Week 2019 will take place from 9th- 13th September 2019.

ICF will be promoting a member driven campaign for Quarry Safety Week 2019. The objective of Quarry Safety Week 2019 is to highlight the key hazards which exist on a daily basis in operating quarries and some of the practices and proactive measures which can reduce the risk of accidents and injury to staff.

In support of Quarry Safety Week the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) will also be conducting inspections on Vehicle and Pedestrian Safety throughout the week. Dr Sharon McGuinness, Chief Executive Officer of the HSA, urged employers to lead the way in delivering safer workplaces.

“Since 2009, six people have lost their lives in quarries and many more have suffered serious, debilitating injury. That’s why Quarry Safety Week is so important – we need people to get home safely,”

The HSA inspectors will be seeking evidence of the following:

  • All drivers of loading shovels and dumper trucks must be competent and hold the relevant Quarries Skills Certification Scheme(QSCS) cards
  • The quarry has an appropriate and implemented traffic management plan
  • The quarry has identified any risks to pedestrians and visitors and have appropriate controls in place
  • Operators carry out regular brake testing of quarry vehicles
  • Operators have a designated brake testing area
  • vehicles have appropriate visibility aids and high visibility clothing is worn by workers and visitors.

For more information please visit Quarry Safety Week 2019.

Pictured above are Gerry Farrell, ICF Chief Executive and Dr Sharon McGuinness, HSA Chief Executive Officer.