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Lafarge opens quarry as classroom

Some 29 pupils from Millfields Primary School in Essex spent an afternoon learning about soils, rocks and staying safe around quarries when Lafarge’s Wivenhoe site opened its gates for a special visit.

The visit was to help them with their studies in geology but site staff also took the opportunity to emphasis important safety messages.

Mike Day, manager at the Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK operation, took the seven and eight year-olds on a tour of the site where they got the chance to guess the weight of the dump truck and sieve sand and gravel to see the principle of how the quarry’s processing plant works.

They also stood on the weighbridge, with and without their teachers, and were given with a homework question to work out how much their teachers weighed.

Day said: “Health and safety is of paramount importance at Lafarge. We are coming up to the school holidays which is the time of year children may be tempted to play in quarries.

“The piles of sand and the big trucks may look exciting but if you are not properly trained and wearing the right clothing quarries can be very dangerous places.

“This a really important message that we continually need to get out to children and our sites visits are one of the best ways to do it.

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