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October 19, 2010

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School competition teaches construction site dangers

Pupils at a primary school in Mansfield took part in a poster competition, which was aimed at highlighting the dangers of playing on construction sites.

Children at St Peter’s C of E Primary School were visited by Considerate Constructors’ mascot, Ivor Goodsite, to announce the winners of the William Davies Safety on-site safety poster competition. Ivor awarded gift vouchers to six youngsters whose winning posters will be enlarged and mounted on the hoardings of a £5million regeneration project on the nearby Bellamy Road Estate.

The regeneration project has been part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency and will create 43 new family homes on the Colston, Shelton, and Syerstone areas of the estate, which will replace a number of outdated flats.

The competition was organised by the site developer William Davis Ltd, contractor Considerate Constructors, and Mansfield District Council. Following the success of the competition Ivor Goodsite is continuing to visit a number of other schools in Nottinghamshire, which are close to construction sites.

William and Davis health and safety advisor, Dan Platten, believes the competition has helped educate children about the dangers of playing on construction sites. He said: “We are delighted to have Ivor touring with the William Davis health and safety team, visiting Nottinghamshire schools near to where we have active construction sites. 

“With his help and through interactive, engaging education such as the poster competition, we are reinforcing the vital message that playing on or near to a building site is potentially life threatening – we can’t wait to see the winning posters adorning the site hoardings.”

Acting head teacher at St Peter’s C of E Primary School, Pearl Day, added: “It’s so important that children are aware of the hazards of playing on a building site. The worthwhile visit from Ivor and his team ensured that message was understood by all of our pupils.”

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