Industry appeals to parents

PUBLISHED: 02:01 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:09 15 June 2010

Tragically, every year, young people put themselves at risk of injury and even death in their local quarries. It happens right across the country and it happens in your area. So, with the summer holidays upon us, I appeal to parents to ensure that thei

Tragically, every year, young people put themselves at risk of injury and even death in their local quarries. It happens right across the country - and it happens in your area. So, with the summer holidays upon us, I appeal to parents to ensure that their children are aware of the potential dangers. The warning applies to both active and disused quarries. Our national survey of quarry managers showed that warm weather is a trigger for children to seek adventure in quarries. That, allied to considerable free time over the school holidays, means this is a worrying time for the industry. And with a recent poll on our website www.qpa.org revealing that 34 per cent of those responding have knowingly trespassed into a quarry, we have to do all we can to take responsibility, maintain safety and tackle site trespass. A quarry plays a vital role in local life. It is a safe place to work for those who are properly trained, but is not a safe place to play. The dangers of falling or of being hit by falling rock are obvious. Other risks are less evident - lakes may look inviting but are often deep and bitterly cold; sand stockpiles appear to offer fun but can collapse and leave children trapped. Quarry Products Association members take their responsibilities seriously and regularly check their fencing. Some sites even use CCTV and security guards. Many also liaise with their local schools to deliver the safety message. But we need the help of parents. Simon van der Byl Director General Quarry Products Association

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