Mock emergency at college building site

WHEN a blaze breaks out on a construction site it's vital everyone knows what to do to stay safe especially when there are more than 100 workers all racing to get out of harm's way. That's why Morgan Ashurst health and safety site manager Robert Gort d

WHEN a blaze breaks out on a construction site it's vital everyone knows what to do to stay safe - especially when there are more than 100 workers all racing to get out of harm's way.That's why Morgan Ashurst health and safety site manager Robert Gort decided to simulate an emergency rescue at the company's new Bideford College building site."There are potential dangers lurking around every corner on huge construction sites like this, but we make it our priority to ensure everyone does their best to stay safe," said Robert. "It's standard procedure to have a fire plan in place wherever we are working but I wanted to invite fire fighters from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to the site so that they could familiarise themselves with the area just in case of an emergency. "Watching the trained rescuers in action has helped to reinforce how important site safety is. I think the exercise is going to encourage our team to continue to report any potential dangers they come across so we can all work together to maintain a culture of safe working."Morgan Ashurst, working for Devon County Council, is building a new state-of-the-art college which will replace the existing facilities. It is being partly funded by the Government's �55 billion Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, which will see every state secondary school in England rebuilt or remodelled over the lifetime of the programme.The college is being built to strict sustainable guidelines and, as well as Morgan Ashurst using local tradespeople on site, a number of 'green' features such as rainwater harvesting, a biomass boiler and a sedum roof will be incorporated into the college. In recognition of this the project recently scooped the Partnership for Schools Excellence in BSF Award for most sustainable school.


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