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Disused Quarries and Cuttings Risk Analysis

Risk Analysis: Disused Quarries and Cuttings.


Date of visit:

Please bear in mind that some site visits will require more than one type of hazard assessment form

Hazard Risk Measures required


Lone working Increased vulnerability to other hazards Good lone working practice and use of the buddy system. Carry a mobile phone and personal first aid kit
Hunger, thirst and fatigue Loss of awareness, poor judgement, increased chance getting lost, increased vulnerability to other hazards Carry sufficient food and water and do not start the day tired, hungry or thirsty. Plan time and realistic targets for fieldwork
Use of geological hammers or other tools Various impacts to the body and danger to others Do not use unless you really must, use gloves and protective goggles. Ensure others are aware of your activity and out of range


Confrontation Harassment, assault or misrepresentation Ensure you have access permission, carry ID and mobile phone, be aware of any potential areas for conflict.

If accompanied, ensure that your colleague is aware of any sensitive issues relating to the site.

Military training areas Unexploded ordinance, accidental shooting, vehicles Liaise with MoD over access and avoid land on or adjacent to firing ranges when in use. Do not touch any suspicious objects


Getting lost Increased chance of hunger, thirst, fatigue or accident Plan your route in advance, carry and use maps and compass
Adverse or extreme weather conditions Increased chance of hunger, thirst, fatigue, accident or getting lost Check weather reports and change / cancel itinerary if necessary. Wear / carry appropriate clothing
Abandoned machinery and dumped rubbish Scratches and Cuts. Impact or entanglement, leading to injury, maiming or death. Keep clear of such objects if at all concerned about their nature.
Quarry faces: Falling rocks. Collapse of face. Minor to severe head injuries. Crushing injuries. Falling. Injury, maiming or death. Wear appropriate safety clothing. Avoid standing below quarry faces and do not approach faces that are obviously unstable.
Terrain (1). Unmarked pits, rifts, bunds, stockpiles Trips and falls. Crushing. Burial. Injury, maiming or death Take care on uneven ground, avoid rifts in quarry floors and stockpiles.
Terrain (2). Water-bodies, settling ponds, mud-pools. Drowning. Entrapment and drowning. Avoid. Do not assume that because an area appears to have dried out that there is not a deep mud slurry under a thin crust.
Dumped and abandoned chemicals. Burns, poisoning, asphyxiation. Avoid any suspect materials. In the event of accidental contact, seek medical advice immediately.
Vegetation (e.g. thorn scrub, sharp bladed grasses, giant hog weed) Cuts and scratches leading to infection. Allergic reactions with possible longer term effects. Wear clothing that fully covers limbs and is strong enough to protect from cuts and scratches. In the case of a strong allergic reaction, seek medical advice immediately.
Animals (dogs, rats, ticks, biting insects, snakes). Mauling. Bites leading to infection and long-term illness. Allergic reactions. Poisoning. Avoid confrontations with dogs rats and snakes. Wear clothing that minimises possibility of bites from ticks and insects. If bitten by ticks, seek medical advice.

Additional known risks (ie pre visit)

Canal Cuttings
  • Danger from falling rocks
  • Danger of falling into canal or stepping backwards into water
  • Wearing appropriate clothing
  • Keeping away from water’s edge as far as possible
Road Cuttings
  • Danger from passing traffic
  • Keeping away from kerb edge
  • Wearing high viz jacket
Stream Sections and ravines
  • Danger from flash floods
  • Check weather reports.
  • Avoid lone working
  • Wear appropriate clothing

Additional identified risks (ie post visit)


Recommended Equipment

Clothing Sundries
Waterproofs, walking boots, sun hat, hard hat, sunglasses, Wellington boots, thorn resistant jacket and trousers (items as appropriate) Mobile phone, food rations, water bottle, full water bottle, torch, first aid kit, whistle, maps, compass, survival bag, sun cream (items as appropriate).




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