Wickwar safety award

We were delighted to win one of the top awards at the annual Mineral Products Association Health & Safety Awards at BAFTA in London.

Wickwar wins safety award


A positive, imaginative and effective response to the safety challenges posed by needing to engage a contractor to work at height has earned CEMEX UK's Wickwar Quarry a top award.

The Gloucestershire quarry and its contractor, Response Engineering, jointly received the Contractors Safety Award in an annual competition run by the Mineral Products Association at BAFTA in London.

Quarry Manger Frank Hogg (second left), Site Supervisor Darren Halpin (right) and Gavin Tuck (left) from Response Engineering are pictured above receiving the BACMI Trophy from Dr Steve Peters, a consultant psychiatrist who worked with the Olympic Cycling Team.

The situation which prompted the award entry arsoe when the company engaged the engineering specialist to carry out work on a dust filter unit on the secondary crushing plant. The work was high risk as it involved working at height, hot processes and confined space working. When reviewing the plans for the work the contractor raised concerns about emergency access and egress.

CEMEX decided to hold a joint training exercise involving the contractor and a specialist unit, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR), who were recommended by the local fire service. The full exercise was carried out successfully and, following a review, the planned work was completed without incident. All the personnel involved were confident they had planned for every eventuality.

This process demonstrated how pre-planning and a strong working relationship between contractor and operator can help identify issues and ultimately lead to the safe execution of higher risk tasks.

You can view a video detailing the project here

Contact Information

To make a comment or for further information please contact Mark Kelly at planninggb@cemex.com.