Quarry safety standards demonstrated to UAE branch members
Wednesday 30th March 2016
Members of the institution's UAE branch visited the Al Futtaim Colas (formerly Al Futtaim Tarmac) Shawkah Quarry in Ras Al Khaimah to see the work being done to safeguard employees.
The tour included a visit to the workshops, where they met the mechanics and the supervisor. They took them through the process of how they assess the risks associated with activities and how these are controlled. These controls are implemented all the way through the organisation, from simple maintenance activities to stripping down gear boxes and transmissions of large machines.
Members were shown the quarry itself and heard about the profiling of the rock face prior to blasting, showing the use of modern technology to ensure every blast achieves efficient fragmentation ratios and is designed and conducted in a safe manner.
They were also shown the quarry extraction and crushing process, the transport management system that has been implemented and controls which are used to reduce the impact of operations on the local community and the environment.
Following the visit, held on Monday 14 March, UAE branch events co-ordinator Matt Jackson said: "In essence, the business has adopted and taken European health, safety and environmental standards to compliment local laws and have successfully implemented them across their Middle East operations. The business has also worked hard at supporting the local enforcement and federal authorities in adopting best practice applications.
"The team was very proud of the safety journey they had taken and as we made our way onto site it was clear it had been a long but very rewarding journey. It was clear that a lot of work had gone into developing line management and front-line supervision ownership of safety within their quarry operations to raise the level of health, safety and environmental standards on the quarry itself."
The branch was invited to the tour by Craig Streak, regional SHE manager for the organisation and a member of the IOSH branch, and Graham Jones, UAE operations manager. They were presented with a glass plaque by the branch to commemorate the visit.