While accidents involving children entering construction sites are thankfully rare, accidents do happen in the UK every year. As such, Morganstone runs a continuous education programme at schools near its construction sites to make sure children understand the risks, stay away and stay safe.
Yesterday (Wednesday July 13), the company visited Gwaunmeisgyn Primary School in Beddau, Pontypridd, and ran a poster competition designed to highlight the dangers of construction sites.
Antonia John, the company’s community engagement manager, was joined by special guest Ivor Goodsite at the school, headmistress Jan Morgan, projects manager Phil Wilmington and Sarah Kirton from RCT Homes.
Ivor is a costumed character developed by the Considerate Constructors Scheme who is regularly used by Morganstone to engage with school pupils to encourage safety on and around construction sites.
Pupils joined Ivor to watch a video about the dangers of active building sites and why you should not play on one. Morganstone chose to speak with pupils at Gwaunmeisgyn Primary School because it has an ongoing development nearby at the Trem y Cwm retirement complex, which Morganstone is building in partnership with RCT Homes.
Morganstone’s community engagement manager, Antonia John, said:
“We run an ongoing education programme making sure we visit the schools closest to our building sites and engage with the pupils to make sure they are aware of the very real dangers of playing on a construction site.
“Ivor brings an element of fun to the presentation but there is a very serious message with everything that we talk about. We get a great response from children regarding the video, and we will be back later on in the year to announce the winners of the poster competition.”