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Multiple drownings prompt call for increased vigilance

Stay Safe campaign

MPA says four fatalities during the heatwave highlight importance of Stay Safe Campaign 2013

THE Mineral Products Association (MPA) says the tragic news of four drownings in non-operational quarries within a period of less than a two weeks reinforces the importance of its Stay Safe campaign to raise public awareness of potential hazards associated with entering a quarry or related industry site uninvited, and the need for increased vigilance at members’ sites – both operational and disused.

With the hot weather forecast to continue and the school holidays about to start, the MPA says its members are strongly recommended to review their arrangements for checking fencing and warning signs. It urges anyone with responsibility for a site where there is a history of people swimming, to consider whether there is any additional activity that might be appropriate to help deter trespass over this period of exceptionally hot weather.


Moreover, the Association has announced that it will be hosting a Summit to discuss public safety around disused quarries in Great Britain, as, statistically, the majority of fatalities and serious injuries involving quarries have occurred in these types of sites. 

The proposed Summit will seek to involve all those parties who may own or have responsibility for the management of disused sites, the emergency services and safety organizations, appropriate regulatory bodies, environmental groups, and representatives from sporting and recreational organizations.

Nigel Jackson, chief executive of the MPA, said: ‘I believe that by coming together and sharing our knowledge and experience, we will be able to better manage the public safety issues associated with these sites. We will be contacting all key stakeholders over the summer period but would welcome interested parties contacting us in the meantime.’


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