The pupils of Welford on Avon Primary School got a lesson in site safety last week during an assembly that highlighted the dangers of live construction sites.
Led by St. Modwen’s health and safety team, alongside Project Manager, Dave Knight and the Considerate Constructors’ mascot ‘Ivor Goodsite’, the assembly started with an introduction to the various hazards that can be found on site. At this point the children, who ranged from age four in reception right through to age eleven in year six, were asked to identify the large machinery and other potential dangers, including scaffolding and deep holes.
Mrs Leeman, Headteacher at Welford on Avon Primary School, said: “There’s a high level of construction work ongoing in the area surrounding the school so it was a really useful exercise for us to have St. Modwen come in and teach the children how to stay safe around these sites. By the end of the assembly, the children were able to identify the various hazards that can be found on site, such as falling objects and heavy machinery.”
Back in the classroom, the pupils were invited to take part in a poster competition, where they were tasked with highlighting the key safety messages covered in the assembly. Winners, as judged by St. Modwen, will be displayed on the hoardings around Meon Vale, to promote site safety to residents and passers-by.
Dave Knight, Project Manager for St. Modwen at Meon Vale, said: “A building site might seem like a great place to explore but in reality they can be extremely dangerous, especially for children looking for somewhere to play. This is why it is so important for St. Modwen Homes to work with local schools and raise awareness of the hazards to keep pupils safe.”
Meon Vale is a 479 acre regeneration scheme comprising a new community of over 1,000 homes, 800,000 sq ft of employment space; the one mile Greenway extension, Leisure hub, Village Hall and convenience store. St. Modwen Homes is also on site with 82 homes at Meon Vale which will be shortly launched to the market.