CSM safety research gains international acclaim
Academics from the University of Exeter's Tremough
Campus are achieving international acclaim for developing
a new approach to health and safety in the quarrying industry.
Anam Parand and Dr Patrick Foster, both based at the University
of Exeter's Camborne School of Mines (CSM) on the Tremough
Campus, which is part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall
(CUC) initiative, have travelled to the other side of the
world to present their award-winning research.
Anam Parand, an expert in workplace psychology, has been
working with CSM mining engineering experts at six quarries
across the UK. By spending time working with employees at
all levels in each quarry, she has identified the root causes
of the most common accidents and established new, bespoke
approaches to tackling them. In one case, this resulted in
a 95 per cent reduction in unsafe incidents.
Ms Parand and Dr Foster have presented their research findings
at conferences in Australia, South Africa and Germany. They
have also won the Health and Safety Best Practice Award from
the Quarry Product Association and were awarded a certificate
of achievement at the Royal Society for the Protection of
Accidents RyderMarsh Behavioural Safety Best Practice Awards.
"Quarrying is a growth industry in the UK with
around 3,000 quarries in the UK, currently employing some
35,000 people," said Anam Parand. "It
also has one of the highest rates of injury of any industry.
There is an urgent need to improve safety in the sector and
by working with employees at all levels to establish the root
causes of accidents and come up with practical solutions we
believe we can make a real difference."
This study is funded by the Minerals Industry Sustainable
Technology Programme (MIST) and the Objective One Cornwall
Research Fund. It is supported by the Health and Safety Executive
(HSE). The minerals company, WBB Minerals Ltd, has offered
its quarries to trial the behavioural safety process.
Andy Price, Integrated Systems Manager for WBB Minerals said:
"This project has brought real benefits, not least
the better team working that it has helped to inspire between
operatives and management. What started as an operative led
initiative soon became a valuable platform for two way discussion,
problem solving and empowerment of the workforce on key health
and safety issues. The systematic measurement of unsafe acts,
relevant to each individual site, forms just the starting
point. We look forward, in the next phase of the project,
to widening the CSM methodology to include environment and
quality risks alongside health and safety - a truly integrated
CUC Executive Director, Dr Ian Tunbridge commented: "This
is a great example of academic research leading to real advances
in business. The new approach pioneered in Cornwall has the
potential to help quarries become safer and ultimately more
profitable. The presence of world class experts in the county
also acts as a magnet for inward investment as businesses
seek to tap into the wealth of specialist knowledge now held
within the CUC partnership."
Ms Parand and Dr Foster now aim to have this research published
in an academic journal and are also trialling the research
at three more WBB Minerals quarry sites in Devon and East
For further information contact Sarah Hoyle, Press Officer,
University of Exeter on 01392 262062/07989 446920 or email
For more information on this project: www.quarrysafe.com/bsq/index.htm.
Camborne School of Mines (CSM) was founded in 1888 and became
part of the University of Exeter in 1993. CSM has an international
reputation for research and teaching related to the understanding
and management of the Earth's natural processes, resources
and the environment. Its portfolio of undergraduate, postgraduate
and research degree programmes provide an excellent basis
for careers, in the UK or overseas, within the Earth resources,
civil engineering, environmental and energy sectors. The vast
majority of CSM graduates are employed in areas related to
their degree. CSM is based at the University of Exeter's Tremough
Campus, near Penryn.
The £100 million Tremough campus is a Combined Universities
in Cornwall initiative of which the University of Exeter and
University College Falmouth are two of the founding partners.
It is funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One),
the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher
Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall
County Council. Set in 70 acres of countryside, but close
to the waterside towns of Penryn and Falmouth, the campus
offers a lively student community. The University of Exeter
now offers degrees in Biology, Cornish Studies, English, Geology,
Geography, History, Law, Mining Engineering, Politics and
Renewable Energy on its Tremough Campus, which has expanded
rapidly as part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative.
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