MPA’s Stay Safe campaign is an on-going campaign run on behalf of our members to prevent members of the public being killed or injured in quarries and related sites due to venturing in uninvited.
Most fatalities in quarries involving members of the public are water related and, predominantly, involve males in the 12 to 32 age range. The fatalities and serious injuries tend to occur at disused sites that are no longer managed or owned by our members. Sadly, across the UK in 2018, 8 males aged between 13 to 31 died in water related incidents in disused quarry lakes. Many former sites of mineral extraction have been restored and include quarry lakes, often these sites have become public amenities or nature reserves. The quarry lakes frequently have very deep, cold water, sudden changes in depth and unstable sides that can be difficult to exit. Like other man-made water filled voids such as reservoirs, these sites may be enjoyed from the land but are not suitable for swimming, particularly by individuals who are unaware of the potential hazards.
Whilst MPA’s primary focus is for public safety in member operated or owned quarries, it recognises this will most effectively be achieved within the wider context of drowning prevention and close collaboration with other organisations with an interest in water safety and drowning prevention. MPA is also keen to ensure that current owners of former quarry sites understand the public safety issues and the support that is available to them.
Tragically, 60% of the UK’s 1,029 accidental drownings over a five-year period commencing in 2012 were at inland water sites. 263 people accidentally drowned in open water such as rivers, canals, reservoirs, and quarry lakes in 2018.
The campaign incorporates the following activities:
For more information contact Elizabeth Clements.
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries.