Children at a Winsford Primary School were given a lesson in the importance of safety on a building site following a visit by recognised construction mascot, Ivor Goodsite.
Contractor Crossfield Construction who are carrying out the project works delivered an assembly to Willow Wood Primary School, teaching the children about the dangers of scaffolding, heavy machinery, building materials and how to dress to avoid injury.
Children were then invited to design safety posters with the winners being displayed around the site following a second prize giving assembly by Crossfield.
Works at the Bradbury Lane school involve the part demolition of existing classrooms, new extensions and internal remodelling to classrooms and administration areas. The project will be completed by Christmas, with the new areas operational for the start of term in January 2018.
Headteacher at Willow Wood school Sue Tomlinson said: “Thank you to John-Paul and Lucy at Crossfield Construction for presenting an assembly to our children with the fantastic and engaging Ivor Goodsite. Everyone really enjoyed it, and it got the key messages about safety in construction to all of our pupils.”
John-Paul Cassidy, Operations Director at Wates said: “At Crossfield it is as important how we engage with our end users, as it is our construction works. Working within a live school environment obviously has its associated health and safety risks, and this engagement is vital to educate the school children on the do’s and don’ts of being in close proximity to construction works.”
Other engagement activities have included Crossfield hosting a joint coffee morning with local residents and parents to communicate updates on the construction works; numerous letter drops; and purchasing children’s PPE for pupils to visit site.