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MPA gears up for 2014 Stay Safe campaign

Stay Safe campaign

Publication of new public safety guidelines on management of operational and non-operational quarries

AS a key part of this year’s ‘Stay Safe’ campaign, the Mineral Products Association (MPA) has worked with its members and stakeholders to publish new guidelines which highlight what is considered to be best practice in the management of quarry trespass and other related issues. The guidelines complement operators existing statutory duties and are a work in progress.

The unusually hot weather experienced in the summer of 2013 led to a higher incidence of drowning across the UK, including six deaths in disused or non-operational quarries within a two-month period.


In response, the MPA hosted a Summit in November 2013 to explore with other stakeholders how public safety at former quarry sites could be improved. Based on the feedback, the Association will implement a range of activities – both as MPA, and in collaboration with other stakeholders.

Nigel Jackson, chief executive of the MPA, said: ‘These guidelines are the first of a series of public safety initiatives planned for this year. Going forward, we will continue to collaborate with relevant groups on key issues such as signage, public education associated with open-water swimming and exploring alternative approaches to the management of disused sites.

‘With the Easter holidays approaching, we urge all operators, landowners and others who have responsibility for quarry sites to check their fencing, signage, safety devices and security arrangements.’


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