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| May 28, 2020

NSSGA Weighs in on Recent Video of Athlete Running up Rock Piles

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Statement from National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association on Recent Social Media Video of Athlete Running up Rock Piles

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s President and CEO Michael W. Johnson today issued the following statement regarding recent video of a professional athlete running up a quarry rock pile.

“In this time of quarantine and working from home, safety should be the top priority for us all. The members of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association work to produce rock that is used in building roads, bridges, hospitals, schools and many more public works projects. But the safety of our workers and our quarries is most important.

Recent video has been shared on social media of a professional athlete running up a stockpile of crushed stone or gravel at a local quarry. This is incredibly dangerous and unsafe. Such stockpiles of crushed stone, sand or gravel can have air pockets and can swallow up anything on the pile. Once something goes in, it is not getting out on its own. These rock piles are not meant for exercise, and no one should follow this example.”


NSSGA is the leading advocate for the aggregates industry. Its members – stone, sand and gravel producers and the equipment manufacturers and service providers who support them – produce the essential raw materials found in homes, buildings, roads, bridges and public works projects, NSSGA represents more than 90 percent of the crushed stone and 70 percent of the sand and gravel produced annually in the United States. Learn more at