Simon began his talk with the worrying statistic of 3 fatal accidents in quarries in 2017, over a 7-week period. He gave a brief outline of the circumstances surrounding each accident. He went on to state that he could not give full details of the incidents as investigations were still ongoing but HSE viewed it as being important to get brief details out into the public domain to try and avoid any re-occurrences.
The West of England Branch hosted both Dr Miles Watkins, IQ President and Simon Edwards, HM Inspector of Quarries on Monday 10th April 2017 as part of the annual programme of Technical Evenings.
The West of England branch welcomed David Anderson, Bridge Master for Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge over the River Avon in Bristol to give an outline history of both the bridge and the work going on today to maintain it as an important link for traffic across the Avon Gorge.
Eric joined the Institute of Quarrying as a Graduate member 55 years ago in 1961. He joined the West of England Branch in 1973 and was with them until 1986 when he was relocated to HSE’s head office in London. In 1989 he moved back to Bristol and back to the West of England branch. Then posted to Liverpool in 1990 as the Principal Inspector of Quarries, he remained on the committee of West of England. He retired from the Civil Service at the time he was Branch Chairman 1997 to 1998. Eric has been on the committee ever since, totalling 30 years of service.
Speaking at the West of England branch technical evening, Ed Jessamine of Novus Energy discussed the future in solar energy, despite recent changes in government policy.
The West of England branch welcomed Mike Phillips, General Manager of the Institute of Quarrying, to outline the future of the IQ and set out the objectives and benefits of PRIME(Professional Recognition in Mineral Extraction).