Water-filled quarries and pits hide rock ledges, old machinery and other hazards. The water can be deceptively deep and dangerously cold. Steep, slippery walls make exiting the water difficult. Hills of loose material can easily collapse on an unsuspecting biker or climber. Vertical shafts can be hundreds of feet deep and may be completely unprotected, or hidden by vegetation.
Even so dozens of people are injured or killed while exploring or playing on mine property every year. The men and women employed in our nation's mines are trained to work in a safe manner. For trespassers, hazards are not always apparent.
- Water-filled quarries can not only hide rock ledges but can also contain dangerous electric currents that become deadly under water.
- Abandoned mine shafts that may seem fun to explore can unexpectedly collapse.
As students return to school while the weather is still warm and water seems inviting, it is more important than ever to remind people to stay out of abandoned or active mine sites like quarries and pits – and stay alive.
Visit https://www.abandonedmines.gov/staying-safe to learn more about abandoned mine and quarry accidents. Please help us raise awareness about this summertime danger. Most importantly, remind people to Stay Out, Stay Alive!