Quarry operators in the local area have started a new campaign to highlight the dangers of entering quarries “uninvited”.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of breaking into quarries which can lead to serious injury and death. A recent survey of quarry managers found that there was a sharp rise in adults who endanger themselves by breaking into sites and cutting through live cables to steal them. It was also found that many adults engaged in leisure activities such as dog walking and climbing in these restricted areas.
Alan Mackenzie, MPA Scotland (Mineral Products Association) chairman, said trespassers often leave broken fences that can be seen as an open invitation for children and teenagers in search of adventure. In the last two months three teenagers drowned in disused quarries including the death of a 16-year-old boy in Airdrie.
The MPA hope to reinforce the message that “quarries are not for play” and have launched a Facebook page ‘Stay Safe Stay Out of Quarries’ to support the campaign.