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The Stay Safe campaign is run on behalf of the quarrying industry every year to raise awareness amongst younger children, teenagers, parents, teachers and youth workers about the dangers of entering quarries and related sites uninvited and unsupervised. We work closely with local communities, the emergency services, the media and other relevant stakeholders to communicate our message... "Stay Safe...Stay Out of quarries".
We are particularly concerned about teenagers and young men who place their lives at risk by trespassing in both active and disused quarries. In 2014 there were 6 fatalities involving members of the public at former quarry sites, all of which were water related.
All too often after an incident their friends or parents say that they were not aware of the risks they were exposing themselves and that they thought they were engaged in a harmless bit of fun. This is why we believe that helping to raise awareness of these hazards will help to save young people’s lives.
Quarries have hidden dangers. The lakes are often deep, very cold and have hidden currents – even the strongest swimmers have drowned due to the impact that extreme cold has had on their bodies. Stockpiles of sand have been known to collapse and suffocate people whilst tunnelling or digging holes. Quarry faces have loose rocks and boulders. Machinery and other obstacles can seriously injure people riding mountain or trial bikes.
This year’s activities include:
• working with our members to improve public safety
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This page provides links to a range of resources and games to help promote a better understanding of these safety issues to both younger children and teenagers. The links below provide access to the resources supporting this year’s campaign.
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