Quarry warning to youngsters

A CAMPAIGN to warn young people of the dangers of playing in quarries in Suffolk is to be launched as the summer approaches.The Play Safe… Stay Safe campaign, run by the Quarry Products Association (QPA), will see the industry step up its vigilance to deal with youngsters who put their lives at risk in search of adventure.

A CAMPAIGN to warn young people of the dangers of playing in quarries in Suffolk is to be launched as the summer approaches.

The Play Safe… Stay Safe campaign, run by the Quarry Products Association (QPA), will see the industry step up its vigilance to deal with youngsters who put their lives at risk in search of adventure.

Experience over recent years has shown that the coming bank holiday weekend often kicks off a summer-long headache for managers, not just of quarries but of other industry operations including asphalt and ready-mixed concrete plants, railheads and wharves.

Suffolk has a total of 17 are active quarries and local QPA members are giving their backing to the campaign.

Peter Tallon, QPA East Anglia region chairman, said: "It is a worrying problem, both in our own area and across the UK as a whole.

"If you work in a quarry and have the appropriate training and equipment then it is a safe place to be - but if you go there uninvited then you face some real dangers."

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Elizabeth Clements, communications director at the Quarry Products Association, said: "We don't want to spoil any young person's fun but we do want them to stay safe.

"Quite apart from the dangers to the youngsters themselves, we recognise an accident can often place police, fire and ambulance staff at risk in performing a rescue."