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Quarriers need credit for great safety record

LETTERS

Sir, One must read David Taylor's column in the spirit intended (Signoff, August 10).

But on behalf of the quarriers, I must take serious issue with his outdated assumption that quarrying is a 'hazardous activity'.

Mr Taylor might wish to know that huge progress has been made in improving quarrying's health and safety record.

In the five year period to March 31, 2005, the official Health & Safety Executive statistics show a 52 per cent reduction in reportable injuries - bettering the voluntary target.

The industry is now focused on a goal of zero incidents coupled with a further 50 per cent reduction for reportable injuries. Thus far we are on target.

This success is thanks to the evolving cultural ethos of improved behavioural safety that is permeating an ever-growing number of companies within the quarrying sector.

The sharing of good practice, usually through simple and practical on-site solutions, coupled with a wealth of advisory resources, has been and continues to be facilitated by the Quarry Products Association - this year's Trade Association of the Year.

Martin Isles Director, Health and Safety Quarry Products Association London SW1