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HSC head lauds quarry safety

Safety bosses have praised quarriers on their drive to cut down the number of accidents in rock pits.

Chairman of the Health and Safety Commission Sir Bill Callaghan has welcomed efforts by the quarrying industry to clamp down on the number of reportable injuries to operators.

Speaking during a visit to Cemex's sand and gravel quarry at Bramshill in Hampshire last week Sir Bill congratulated the industry on halving the number of incidents in quarries since he became HSC chairman in 1999.

He said: "At that time the industry had a poor safety record. Tough action was needed and taken. I am encouraged it is now working toward a no reportable injuries by 2015 target."