Quarries are one of the most dangerous places to work in, as our drilling and GES team know. This year alone we have worked on three quarry sites. Like any other job, health and safety is paramount.
Most of the accidents and deaths could be avoided, the message from governing bodies and local councils are stay out and stay alive.
Quarries which are abandoned and disused can be very dangerous places and children are often tempted to play around the area and think that the quarry water looks inviting. However there can be many hidden dangers. Here are some tips on staying safe and what to avoid.
- You should never enter a quarry without permission from the land owner.
- Quarry water is colder than the sea or rivers
Many quarries are fed from water from underground springs or aquifers. As the water comes from deep below the ground it can be much colder than lakes and rivers.
As a result of plunging into the water your body can go into shock within minutes.
Assuming you survive the shock your limbs can become stiff and muscle weakness makes it hard to swim or tread water.