Visits

Keeping child’s play safe this summer

Reinwood Infant and Nursery School, Little Angels Nursery and Lepton C of E Junior, Infant and Nursery, Huddersfield

16th July 2012

Children throughout Huddersfield have been given a lesson on the dangers of playing on building sites this summer in a series of health and safety talks and a visit from Wates Living Space and Ivor Goodsite.

Local contractor, Wates Living Space, popped into schools in Lowerhouses, Lepton and Oakes to educate the pupils on the importance of staying safe throughout the summer holidays and teach them about the risks associated with scaffolding, heavy machinery, bricks, pipes and sand. Wates was accompanied by Ivor, who showed the children how to dress to avoid injury.

After dressing up in hard hats, high visibility jackets and safety goggles, children from Reinwood Infant and Nursery School in Oakes, Little Angels Nursery in Lowerhouses and Lepton C of E Junior, Infant and Nursery were also invited to ‘hunt the hazard’ in a building simulation on a nearby Wates site.

Wates is currently working across Huddersfield delivering the Excellent Homes for Life Housing PFI project for Kirklees Council. This will see the construction of 466 new Council homes for rent across the district over a 30-month period.

Joanne Jamieson, Regional Managing Director of Wates Living Space, said: “Our first priority on any project is to ensure the safety of local people. We believe this extends beyond the processes we have in place on a building site to reinforcing the importance of health and safety within the communities in which we are working. Ivor Goodsite helps us to do this in a fun and entertaining way. I’d like to thank all the children for being so attentive and understanding that our work in Kirklees is not a place for play this summer.”

One of the managers at Little Angels added: “It was really kind of Wates to give up their time and come and speak to the children. It’s really important that from an early age they understand the risks they are exposed to on a building site and they don’t use them as a place to play during the summer holidays. They definitely learnt a lot from Ivor and loved having him here.”

 

Children throughout Huddersfield have been given a lesson on the dangers of playing on building sites this summer in a series of health and safety talks and a visit from Wates Living Space and Ivor Goodsite.

Local contractor, Wates Living Space, popped into schools in Lowerhouses, Lepton and Oakes to educate the pupils on the importance of staying safe throughout the summer holidays and teach them about the risks associated with scaffolding, heavy machinery, bricks, pipes and sand. Wates was accompanied by Ivor, who showed the children how to dress to avoid injury.

After dressing up in hard hats, high visibility jackets and safety goggles, children from Reinwood Infant and Nursery School in Oakes, Little Angels Nursery in Lowerhouses and Lepton C of E Junior, Infant and Nursery were also invited to ‘hunt the hazard’ in a building simulation on a nearby Wates site.

Wates is currently working across Huddersfield delivering the Excellent Homes for Life Housing PFI project for Kirklees Council. This will see the construction of 466 new Council homes for rent across the district over a 30-month period.

Joanne Jamieson, Regional Managing Director of Wates Living Space, said: “Our first priority on any project is to ensure the safety of local people. We believe this extends beyond the processes we have in place on a building site to reinforcing the importance of health and safety within the communities in which we are working. Ivor Goodsite helps us to do this in a fun and entertaining way. I’d like to thank all the children for being so attentive and understanding that our work in Kirklees is not a place for play this summer.”

One of the managers at Little Angels added: “It was really kind of Wates to give up their time and come and speak to the children. It’s really important that from an early age they understand the risks they are exposed to on a building site and they don’t use them as a place to play during the summer holidays. They definitely learnt a lot from Ivor and loved having him here.”

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.