Schoolchildren learn to stay safe near building sites

rom left, leader of the Health and Safety talk Kelvin Ward from RG Wilbrey with Michael Wills, Headteacher at the Woodford Halse CE Primary School and pupils from the school. NNL-150110-164320001
rom left, leader of the Health and Safety talk Kelvin Ward from RG Wilbrey with Michael Wills, Headteacher at the Woodford Halse CE Primary School and pupils from the school. NNL-150110-164320001

Youngsters from Woodford Halse CE Primary Academy have learned a valuable lesson about staying safe thanks to a special visit organised by national housebuilder Taylor Wimpey.

The schoolchildren enjoyed an interactive assembly led by health and safety consultants RG Wilbrey on behalf of Taylor Wimpey about the hazards of playing on or near building sites.

Taylor Wimpey South Midlands is building new homes at nearby Woodford Meadows in Byfield Road.

The pupils found out about the many different dangers that are posed by construction sites, from falling scaffolding, bricks and pipes to broken glass or sharp metal hidden in sand – and they even had a chance to try on high-visibility jackets and hard hats.

Jo Usher, School Administrator, said: “The pupils found the assembly an enjoyable and educational experience and I’d like to thank Taylor Wimpey for organising it.

“Youngsters are naturally curious about the things going on around them and building sites can seem like both intriguing and exciting places – so it was very helpful to have someone from the industry explaining that in reality they are places which are full of serious dangers.”

Gareth Jacob, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, added: “We take our health and safety responsibilities seriously, both on-site and off it – which is why we organised this talk at Woodford Halse CE Primary School.

“The youngsters really paid attention to the message of the assembly and hope it will help them to stay safe in the future.”

There’s a selection of three and four-bedroom homes now on sale at Woodford Meadows, priced from £210,000.

The Sales Centre is now open at the development. Call 01327 893023.