Safety at Simonside

Simonside Primary School in Jarrow, South Tyneside

3rd July 2012

Ivor Goodsite went to promote safety on and around building sites at Simonside Primary School in Jarrow, South Tyneside.

He was accompanied by Mark Wilson, regeneration director for Galliford Try Partnerships, who spoke to more than 150 4-11 year olds about the different types of hazards they may face on a building site.

Wilson said: “Our work with Ivor Goodsite and the Considerate Constructors Scheme forms a very important part of our community engagement strategy. The safety of all who may be affected by the construction work we undertake is paramount.

“Children of this age are very receptive and keen to learn, which makes the visits a real pleasure.”

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is an independent national initiative set up to improve the image of the industry and encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements.

Simonside’s Deputy Head Teacher, Edward Jackson, said: “The lessons the children have learned from Ivor will benefit them both now and in later life.

“It is important that they get a grounding in health and safety within a variety of different contexts.

“This makes it easier for them to handle new situations and makes them aware of danger.”

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.