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Cumbernauld primary pupils learn health and safety on local building site

Pupils from Abronhill Primary School have been learning first-hand about construction and the importance of health and safety while visiting a local building site, hosted by leading partnership housing developer Lovell.

With the company’s Cedar Road housing development currently under construction just a short distance from the school and summer holidays fast approaching, the Primary 6 and 7s’ visit was a great opportunity to learn about the wide variety of skills needed to build new homes and the importance of health and safety on an active construction site.

The pupils began their morning with an informative health and safety talk from a member of the Lovell team. As part of the talk, they discussed why you should never enter a construction site without the correct supervision and protection.

The students also learned about specific risks on an active building site as well as the meaning of signs normally displayed around the perimeter of the site. They then talked about the protective clothing workers are required to wear before entering and working on a building site to meet current safety regulations.
Following the talk, site manager Kevin Kelly gave the pupils a guided tour of the perimeter of the Cedar Road construction site. The project consists of 14 properties currently being developed for social rent on behalf of North Lanarkshire Council, including one bungalow, 2 semi-detached 3 bedroom houses, 8 one bedroom cottage flats and 4 two bedroom cottage flats.

Kevin explained key aspects of the construction work currently underway as well as highlighting potential hazards and how to avoid possible injury. The pupils then had the opportunity to ask the site manager and his team questions about their jobs and potential career opportunities in construction.
Following the site visit, Ness Stewart, community benefits officer at North Lanarkshire Council visited Abronhill Primary School to talk to the pupils about social housing and why it’s so important for the local community.

Clare McCarron, principal teacher at Abronhill Primary School Said:
“The children at Abronhill Primary School were delighted to have been invited by Lovell to visit a real-life construction site at Cedar Road. It was a fantastic experience for the students to talk to the site manager and his team about their jobs and about working in construction as well as learning why health and safety is so important on an active building site.
We also really enjoyed Ness Stewart’s visit to the school and the opportunity to learn more about the importance of social housing within our local area.”

Kelly Harkness, training advisor at Lovell, commented:
“It was fantastic to be given the opportunity to talk to the children at Abronhill Primary School about the importance of health and safety on an active in construction. Hopefully it was a very educational experience for them to see an active building site and to learn a bit more about what’s
involved in working in construction and building new homes like the ones we’re currently building at Cedar Road.”