Quarry

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  • Unstable bank

    Risk:

    The banks around quarries can erode and crumble, becoming very unstable

    Precautions:

    Stay away from the edge

  • Steep walls

    Risk:

    Vertical walls make getting out difficult, especially in an emergency

    Precautions:

    Keep away from the edge, and do not jump into quarries

  • Hidden objects

    Risk:

    You cannot see what is below the water in a quarry. Possible hazards include mining and industrial waste products (including chemicals and machinery), dumped rubbish, pollution, and sharp rocks

    Precautions:

    Do not jump into quarries

  • Cold water

    Risk:

    Most quarries contain very deep water which does not warm up in summer due to its depth. The effects from jumping into cold water can be fatal

    Precaution:

    Only swim in quarries that have been decommissioned and adapted for swimming, which should include the provision of safety cover. Be aware of the effects of cold water. Never jump in

  • Change in water depth

    Risk:

    The water depth in quarries is unpredictable and can change suddenly due to uneven ground under water and changes in rainfall.

    Precaution:

    Never jump into quarries

  • Trees on banks

    Risk:

    Tree roots may destabilise the quarry bank, making it more likely to collapse if you get near the edge. Tree roots are also a trip hazard

    Precautions:

    Stay away from the edge

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