Hunt the Hazard!
The Considerate Constructors Scheme is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the potential hazards on a construction site to a younger audience.
The ‘Hunt the Hazard!’ site sign can be displayed on the outside of a site and highlights to children some of the dangers that could be found on a construction site and shows why they are not safe places to play.
The sign shows industry mascot, Ivor Goodsite, holding a colourful A1 poster which displays a fictional construction site and highlights a number of potential hazards for children to find. The sign, which measures 1m x 1.48m, is to be displayed outside sites registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme and asks children to hunt for 16 examples of hazards which could cause serious injury in the construction site on the poster. The sign is designed to be fun and engaging for children but has a serious underlying message of the real dangers which can be found on modern day construction sites.
The launch of this new initiative took place at Roecroft Lower School, Stotfold, where Morgan Sindall plc are currently carrying out construction work, therefore raising awareness of the potential hazards to young children was a key consideration for the site. A visit was arranged with the school whereby the children were shown around the site to see construction in action. Ivor Goodsite was also there to assist with the tour which culminated in the children gathering round the ‘Hunt the Hazard!’ site sign and seeing if they could find all 16 hazards.
Headteacher of Roecroft Lower School, Julie Pearson, commented on the launch of this new initiative:
“The children learned a great deal about site safety. It was not until I visited a construction site that I realised of the many dangers that would be faced by a child if they ever they gained access. I truly believe that anything that keeps our children safe is an opportunity not to be missed.”
Martin Worthington, Director of Safe and Sustainability at Morgan Sindall, said:
“We are very keen to support this initiative which will raise awareness among young children of the potential dangers that may be found on a construction site. This is a scheme that we will look to roll-out nationwide across all our education projects.”
‘Hunt the Hazard!’ has been approved by the Children’s Safety Education Foundation (CSEF), a national charity committed to reducing the number of child victims through the provision of interactive safety education. The charity strives to ensure that every child has access to safety education so that they can make informed choices when they are faced with danger. It has a track record of delivering programmes to children across the UK, covering issues from fire and road safety to social issues such as bullying and self-esteem.
In construction more specifically, CSEF found statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive show that in the last 10 years, 10 children have died on construction sites and more than 600 others have been injured in the UK.
Commenting on the launch of ‘Hunt the Hazard!’, John McNamee, Chief Executive of the Children’s Safety Education Foundation, said:
“Unfortunately, some children see construction sites as playgrounds, particularly around empty buildings and machinery. Although the UK industry is one of the safest in Europe, accidents do happen, and many of these could have been prevented. The construction industry as a whole has a proactive approach to improving safety awareness, and I am delighted that many members of the Considerate Constructors Scheme already support CSEF regularly. The ‘Hunt the Hazard!’ initiative will build on the good work that already takes place in the industry and I’d like to congratulate the Scheme for implementing this across the UK.”
The Scheme is grateful for CSEF’s involvement and after seeking their approval on the ‘Hunt the Hazard!’ site sign, it marks the beginning of a new relationship in which both organisations will work together on future initiatives to promote the important message of child safety in construction.
Edward Hardy, Chief Executive of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, commented:
“The Scheme is delighted to be able to offer this new initiative to all of our registered sites and we are pleased to have had CSEF’s input and involvement during the development. The main aim of this sign is to raise awareness of the potential dangers found on every construction site and we feel that ‘Hunt the Hazard!’ helps to communicate this message in a fun and engaging way. Construction companies are already extremely proactive in engaging with the local community and this sign helps them deliver an extremely important message to a younger audience.”
‘Hunt the Hazard!’ is available to purchase from the Considerate Constructors Scheme for £49.50 (+ VAT) by contacting the administration office on 0800 783 1423
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