Safe maintenance — quarrying sector

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2010

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Quarrying is one of the most dangerous industries to work in: quarry workers are twice as likely to be killed in an accident at work as construction workers, and 13 times more likely to die at work as those in manufacturing industries. The use of large earth-moving vehicles and machines, the handling of explosives and heavy loads, ever-present airborne dust and simply working on dangerous sites are all aspects of quarrying that increase the risk of both accidents and occupational diseases. A significant proportion of fatalities in the quarrying sector are associated with maintenance work, the use of vehicles and fixed machinery, and falls from heights . Many accidents happen during maintenance work and these might affect not only maintenance staff but also other workers on site.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Dobývání kamene, písků a jílů
Dobývání kamene pro výtvarné nebo stavební účely, vápence, sádrovce, křídy a břidlice
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered: 
Mining or Quarrying
Hazard - physical state: 
Dusts
Gases
Nanoparticles (airborne liquids/solids including smoke or mist)
Solids
Exposure route: 
Inhalation
Substance Description: 

airborne dust

Prevention measures: 
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Training / guidance
Hygiene measures
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
Guidance
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
Safety officers
Supervisor
Workers
Workers representatives

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