17th May 2023
‘The ‘Stay Safe… Stay Out’ campaign is an initiative run by the Mineral Products Association NI (MPANI) in conjunction with our national organisation the Mineral Products Association (MPA), on behalf of the quarrying industry every year to raise awareness amongst younger children, teenagers, parents, teachers and youth workers about the dangers of entering quarries uninvited and unsupervised.
We are particularly concerned about teenagers who place their lives at risk by trespassing in both active and disused quarries. Over recent years, too many have been killed or seriously injured as a result of trespassing or swimming in former quarry sites across the UK and Ireland.
Once again we are working in partnership with the Health & Safety Executive for NI (HSENI) to highlight the issue to school principals as we believe teachers in particular can play a vital role in spreading the message to young people that quarries are not a safe place to play.
The attached joint letter from the Association and HSENI provides more detail on the very serious risks young people face by entering quarries along with further information and resources available to schools and it is our sincere hope that with your support we can get our ‘Stay Safe… Stay Out’ message to the young people in your care.
Please do not hesitate to contact me at the number below if you would like any further information or to discuss the issue further. Read the letter here.
Regional Director MPANI