Keeping kids safe near sites

15 February 2017
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McLaughlin & Harvey has been educating children at Anderston Primary School on how to stay safe around construction sites. The primary school is just a short distance from The Clydeside Distillery site, where we are currently working to create a whisky distillery and visitor centre.

David Bain, SHEQ Officer at McLaughlin & Harvey visited the school to speak to children in P3, 4 and 5 about staying safe around construction sites, “It’s important to us to ensure the children understand the dangers around a construction site. On many of our projects we give safety talks, ensuring we cover all aspects from excavations to scaffolding. The kids generally are pretty engaging and always have plenty of questions, it’s good to feel we have done something to ensure the local children are going to be safe and get them thinking more about staying safe. It also gets children asking questions about the industry and thinking about different careers in construction.”

The school has also been involved in creating artwork and poems focussing on the history of the project. The works on site include the redevelopment of Glasgow’s iconic pump house which was originally built more than 140 years ago. The B listed building has had many uses in the past, so made for an interesting art project. The children’s artwork will be digitally printed and displayed on the hoarding around the site. The children are also being invited to the site so they can fill a time capsule with their work to be rediscovered in many years’ time, making them a part of history.