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Inspector of Quarries position opens in UK

Inspector of quarries

Positions for Health and Safety Inspector of Quarries have become available in the United Kingdom (UK).

Two positions across England for full time health and safety inspector of quarries have become available for permanent full-time positions in the HSE – Energy Division (ED), for locations spread across the UK.

Position Summary

Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to success and the Civil Services welcome applications from people of all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities and as such, run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Great Britain’s (GB) health and safety record is extensive and central to this is the work of the Civil Service to protect people by managing risk in a proportionate and effective way, supporting innovation and increasing productivity.

A key operational arm of HSE, Energy Division (ED) regulates the UK’s Offshore Oil and Gas industry, pipelines, mines, diving and renewable power generation. GB has many highly specialised, strategically important industries which are essential to the country’s economy and social infrastructure, but can potentially cause great harm to their workers, the environment and the public if not properly managed. These sectors include; offshore oil and gas, mining, quarrying, renewable energy and onshore pipelines, oil and gas and fuel storage facilities.

In all these sectors, a single incident could have catastrophic consequences and has the potential to undermine whole sectors by eroding the public’s trust and acceptance of complex, high-hazard activities being undertaken, especially those near to communities.

There are many ways that HSE promotes health and safety, by providing information, guidance and advice for example, as well as promoting training and commissioning research. On the legal side of things, the Civil Services has developed a goal setting system of regulation. As workplaces change, so do health and safety needs. It’s a dynamic and evolving arena that’s constantly presenting fresh challenges. Looking to improve and innovate imaginative ways to build an effective health and safety culture in the UK: one that will protect people and save more lives.

Job description

Using specialist knowledge, the role requires applicants to carry out inspections of quarries and surface coal mines, including their ancillary operations. Successful applicants will be required to investigate accidents and incidents and take appropriate action where necessary to secure sustained compliance with legal requirements.

Applicants will be instrumental in contributing to the development of industry guidance, standards and operational strategy, required to represent HSE at meetings with fellow professionals, industry, other HSE staff, including speaking and making presentations at conferences.

The Civil Services are looking for high calibre specialists who can, under challenge, think strategically, identify underlying core issues, and engage at different levels both with colleagues, site technical staff and at the most senior levels within an organisation.

From day one, successful applicants will be supported by management staff and colleagues to understand their role in HSE. In addition to supporting continuing professional development, applicants will complete the Regulators Training Programme (RTP), awarding an accredited Diploma in Health and Safety upon completion.

The role requires extensive travel and will involve stays away from home on a frequent basis. The role requires some flexibility according to the business needs of HSE and on occasions applicants will be required to enter workplaces other than quarries to carry out a range of functions.

Ideal candidate qualitites

  • Good communication skills to influence change at all levels in the organisations regulated by the HSE;
  • Sound analytical skills to identify underlying gaps and deficiencies related to risk management;
  • Initiative and decisiveness, making sound decisions based on available evidence;
  • Good organisational and planning skills taking responsibility for delivering expected outcomes on time and to the required standard;
  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, maintaining positive professional working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders;
  • The ability to write effective technical reports and present complex technical information in a clear and concise way for a non-technical audience.

Essential criteria

  • Held a managerial or supervisory position in the quarry industry (perhaps a Statutory Appointee) and be familiar with the range of hazards in addition to managing risk in the setting of a quarry;
  • Relevant qualifications in shot-firing and blast design coupled with practical knowledge and experience or be able to demonstrate competence in the safe use of explosives for quarry blasting by other means;
  •  A sound working knowledge of Geotechnics as applied to large excavations in a range of rock types as well as solid and liquid tips.


  • Full UK Driving license, unless reasonable adjustments can be made under the Equality Act 2010.


  • A relevant Engineering Degree/Diploma or equivalent.
  • Relevant qualifications in shotfiring and blast design, coupled with practical knowledge and experience or be able to demonstrate competence in the safe use of explosives for quarry blasting by other means.

A sift will take place during the week commencing 25 September 2022 and successful candidates will be invited for an interview on 30 September 2022.

Interviews may take place via video or in person face to face and a reserve list of applicants will be held for 12 months.

For more information on the role, click here.

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