QPA launch ‘Play Safe’ campaign
THE Quarry Products Association has launched its annual national Play Safe…Stay Safe child safety campaign, as quarry companies once again brace themselves for one of their most worrying problems –– children at play during the long summer holidays. All too often youngsters treat their local quarry as an adventure playground, and in doing so put their lives at risk.
‘This is a problem that worries quarry managers right across the country,’ said Elizabeth Clements of the QPA. ‘Over recent years a number of children have been injured while playing in quarries and, tragically, some have died.’
The QPA’s Play Safe…Stay Safe campaign has the backing of the emergency services and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
Di Stanley, RoSPA’s chief executive, said: ‘Research reveals that children are attracted to places and activities that are both adventurous and risky. The local quarry is seen as one such ‘activity’ centre, open all hours and free of charge!
‘We are enthusiastic supporters of the QPA’s campaign, since we believe that through education we can help children understand the potential dangers and reduce the risks presented by quarries.’
As part of the initiative, quarries throughout the UK will be circulating a new wallchart and an invitation to arrange class visits to local quarries, or for quarry managers to visit schools. A schools resource pack and video featuring children’s TV presenter Katy Hill are also available.
‘We regard schools as a vital ally in getting the message across but our appeal also goes out to parents,’ said Ms Clements. ‘They need to know where their children are playing and perhaps they need to investigate the many safe places to play that are available locally throughout the summer.’
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