The ‘Stonecrushers Ball’ organised by the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) Northern Ireland branch is an industry highlight for many. The annual event was the perfect setting to celebrate the Northern Ireland winners of the IQ Excellence Awards.
Improving health and safety for everyone working in the mineral products sector is a top priority for all operators, producers and contractors. That means it is imperative that professionals are equipped with the knowledge, understanding and practical application of key regulations and standards that affect the sector in order to work towards the aim of zero harm.
On Wednesday 18th September, over fifty members of the Branch attended a CPD technical event at the largest quarry in South Wales!
Simon outlined the areas he was going to cover: fatalities, entrapment, isolation, rock projection and Pedestrian Safety.
One of the industry’s best-recognised members of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) is stepping aside from his roles as branch committee member and treasurer after more than 30 years.
From left to right: Anne Smith, Phil Redmond, Andy Gillon and Ian Christie.
Congratulations goes out to the IQ Scottish branch, winners of the IQ Presidents Branch Trophy for 2018.
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 IQ Lancashire Branch were pleased to welcome Steve Gilmartin of Maxam to their technical evening which took place 13th March 2018.
Twenty three members of the Branch enjoyed a very successful field trip in September. A visit to Dalradian Gold mine was followed by a trip to Aughey Screens, Monaghan.
To celebrate the centenary anniversary of the Institute of Quarrying, the North of England Branch organised an evening trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR).