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St. Laurence OTooles Primary School Belleeks

Quarry Safety Campaign

6th Jun 2022

“Stay Safe Stay Out”

We are appealing to you to help us pass on this important message to young people in your care - “STAY SAFE… STAY OUT” - so that they heed this warning that quarries (working or disused) are not fun places and that by trespassing they place 2 both their own and their friends lives at risk. Fencing and warning signs are there to protect them, please do not ignore them.

The potential hazards that people expose themselves to are:

• Swimming in quarry lakes that can have very cold water even on a hot day in the middle of summer. Strong swimmers have drowned in quarries due to the unexpected impact that the extreme cold has had on their bodies.
• The water in quarry lakes can be very deep and shelving, exit from the water may only be possible in a few places, there may be pumps working or currents that can drag you under the water.
• There can be concealed underwater obstructions and other hazards that can seriously injure swimmers or individuals jumping into the water – tombstoning into quarry lakes is not safe.
• Tunnelling into piles of sand or playing on stockpiles exposes you to the risk of sudden collapses or movements that can easily bury you.
• Walking near the edge of quarry faces exposes you to the risk of serious falls as the edges can be unstable and collapse unexpectedly or sheer faces be obstructed by vegetation.
• Climbing or walking near rock faces can expose you to the risk of rock falls.
• Surfaces in quarries that may look solid, such as the surface of a silt pond, can suddenly break and act like quick sand sucking you down.
• Trail and quad biking in a quarry expose riders to risks from unstable terrain, unexpected obstructions and being hit by moving plant.
• Young people on bikes or on foot may not be visible to operators of large machinery, they may not appreciate that the driver cannot see them.
• Quarries can often be located in remote sites where mobile reception is poor and there is no one on hand to help in the event of an accident