Visits

Construction group visit Melin Infants’ School for safety awareness day

Melin Infants’ School, Carmarthenshire

16th October 2014

Construction company Morganstone visited pupils at Melin Infants’ School in Neath this week for a day of safety awareness.

The company, formed in 2008, engaged with the primary school by carrying out a site safety presentation with the children to teach them about the dangers of a construction site. At the end of each presentation the children each designed a poster highlighting the construction site hazards they have learnt about and the winning posters are displayed on Morganstone sites.

Construction manager Peter Rees said: “We feel that it is very important to engage with the children in order to make them aware of the dangers of playing on construction sites. We do this by showing a DVD, asking questions and generally making it a fun experience for the children to draw some posters on what they have learned today on safety. These posters will be blown up and displayed on the hording of the site.”

The presentation proved to be a huge success with all of the children enthusiastically participating in the events. The company mascot Ivor Goodsite was also popular as the children were eager to be photographed with him.

Acting head teacher Jane Davies commented, “All the children thoroughly enjoyed the film and said that the storyline helped them to understand about the dangers of playing on building sites.

They especially enjoyed meeting ‘Ivor Goodsite’ and the interactive elements of exploring safety equipment. Staff were very impressed with the positive reaction of the children and the thoughtful responses which they gave to questions. It was obvious that the safety message was understood and very meaningful.”

 

Useful resources

As part of your visit you may want to access or download resources to support you, including a school presentation or Child Protection Guidance template.

Costume hire

Industry mascots Ivor and Honor Goodsite can be hired to attend construction-related events to engage with children and encourage safety on site. Find out more about how you can hire the costume characters and promote a positive image of the industry.