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Quarriers urged to boost safety

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QUARRIERS must increase efforts to reduce accidents in stone pits if the industry is to improve its health and safety record.

Gordon Best, regional director of industry body the Quarry Products Association, called on the industry not to 'rest on its laurels'. The call followed the death of a 29-year-old man in a quarry in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, last week.

Despite the sector's improved health and safety record over the past five years under the QPA's Hard Targets initiative, Mr Best claimed there was still room for quarry operators to tighten up their safety procedures.

He said: 'Enormous strides are being taken to improve safety in our industry but lessons need to be learned from this tragedy and even more effort put in to ensure that incidents like this never happen again.'