The construction firm visited St Patrick’s R.C Primary School in Cardiff to educate school children about construction site dangers
Industry professionals took the construction industry’s trustee mascott ‘Honor Goodsite’ along to the school for a day of fun and education.
Together they talked to the children about exciting careers within the construction industry, the dangers and hazards on a construction site and about the personal protective equipment (PPE) used by construction workers.
The pupils were given the opportunity to try on hard hats and high-vis jackets themselves while Gerwyn Landrygan, project manager at JG Hale Construction, was also on-hand to answer any questions from the children about the construction industry.
Mrs Swain, acting head teacher of St Patricks R.C. Primary School, said: “This was a great opportunity for the children to learn about the dangers of building sites. Honor is a larger than life character so I’m sure they will remember her and her message about how to stay safe if they are close to a building site in the future.”
The mascott was created by Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) to help teach school children about the potential dangers and hazards on a construction site faced on a daily basis.
David Harrhy, managing director of JG Hale Construction, said: “Our visit to St Patricks R.C. Primary School was a perfect chance to see what the younger generation think about construction and its industry.
“It was great to hear so much enthusiasm from the children, especially when teaching them the valuable lessons about how to be safe around construction sites. We recently ran a poster competition at Coedffranc Primary School in Neath, with the similar aim of teaching children about the hazards present at construction sites.
“Our hope is to do similar visits to other schools in the future to encourage more children to consider careers within the construction industry.”
The visit was organised in relation to a new development near the school on Penarth Road, which Hale are constructing on behalf of Taff Housing Association, a housing association committed to Building Foundations for Better Futures.