Children at a primary school in Bettws, Newport, have been learning about the dangers of construction sites thanks to the efforts of staff at award-winning Llanelli-based construction company Morganstone and local housing group Pobl.
While accidents involving children entering construction sites are thankfully rare, accidents do happen in the UK every year. As such, Morganstone runs a continuous education programme at schools near its construction sites to make sure children understand the risks, stay away and stay safe.
Antonia John, the company’s community engagement manager, was joined by special guest Ivor Goodsite at the school, site manager Wes Morgan and Pam Dunn from the Pobl Group.
With the construction of 19 affordable homes on the former Merry Miller pub site well underway, the staff called into Millbrook Primary School in Bettws to launch their site safety poster competition, encouraging children to use their imagination, while learning about the real dangers of venturing onto construction sites.
Pupils joined Ivor, a costumed character developed by the Considerate Constructors Scheme, to watch a video about the dangers of active building sites and why you should not play on one and to answer any questions.
Morganstone’s community engagement manager, Antonia John, said:
“We run an ongoing education programme making sure we visit the schools closest to our building sites and engage with the pupils to make sure they are aware of the very real dangers of playing on a construction site. Ivor brings an element of fun to the presentation but there is a very serious message with everything that we talk about. We get a great response from children regarding the video, and we will be back later on in the year to announce the winners of the poster competition.”
Pobl Group’s senior project manager, Neil Taylor, said:
“In addition to bringing more quality affordable homes to the area, this is a great opportunity for pupils to learn more about the work being done in their community, as well as finding out more about the construction industry.”
Deputy headmistress of Millbrook Primary School, Jodie Drew, said:
“The pupils and staff of Millbrook Primary School are delighted to work in partnership with Morganstone to ensure all our children understand the risks and dangers of construction sites. Morganstone provide real life examples for our children and bring learning to life. We thoroughly enjoyed their visit and the children are busy completing their competition entries. We look forward to continuing our relationship in the future.”