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School Children visit Lomond Quarry

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

As part of a campaign to increase the local children’s awareness in the dangers of playing in or near a quarry or construction site the Skene Group has forged close links with Leslie Primary School which is located within close proximity of Lomond Sand & Gravel Quarry near the village of Leslie.

This year, just prior to the school summer holidays, a company employee delivered a whole school assembly presentation, including videos, on the dangers of entering any quarry unauthorised. This is particularly important and relevant as each year we hear of tragedies involving children who have entered various construction areas, building sites or quarries unsupervised particularly during school holiday periods.

In addition to emphasising how dangerous quarries can be this assembly was also used to highlight how important quarries are in providing construction materials for roads, houses, hospitals and schools etc and that quarries also provide environmental benefits in creating habitats suitable for numerous wild animals and birds.

As a follow on from this safety talk the primary seven class was invited into Lomond Quarry on a supervised visit where they learned how the sand and gravel is extracted, crushed, washed and screened into its final sizes prior to being loaded onto road vehicles for delivery to the final customer. The children also got the opportunity to view and inspect the various pieces of heavy mobile and crushing plant close up in the hope that this will fulfil their curiosity in ever entering a construction site unauthorised.

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