School focus on building site safety

Pupil poster comp promotes SPLAT message.

PUPILS at Newport Community School Primary Academy have been learning about the dangers of playing on building sites.

Children were asked to design safety awareness posters to promote the Safe Play At All Times’ (SPLAAT) message, part of an initiative by contractor Leadbitter Group, and backed by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

The firm is currently building 36 affordable homes nearby and the four winning entries are now displayed on hoardings surrounding the construction site.

Andy Cotton, head teacher, said: “The children have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this competition following a valuable assembly on the dangers posed by building sites.

“The SPLAAT theme gave all ages the opportunity to engage in this important personal safety initiative.”

The winners each received a new set of art supplies, a goody bag from Leadbitter and their own Leadbitter hard hat and high visibility vest.

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Jackie Kelly, spokesperson for Leadbitter, said: “Due to their natural curiosity, children are easily tempted to enter construction sites just to see ‘what’s behind the wall’.

“Our goal is to take away the mystery by making children aware of the potential dangers and encouraging them to make safe choices.”

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