Local housing developer Lovell teamed up with Ormiston Meadows Academy in Peterborough to help children learn vital lessons about construction site safety through a poster competition.
Year 5 and 6 pupils were asked to come up with designs spelling out the message that children should stay safe by never going unsupervised on to a building site. The competition followed a visit by Lovell safety experts to the school where they explained to all pupils why construction sites are dangerous and should never be seen as a place to play. Lovell is currently working in the area, building the £9.1 million extra care Lapwing Court housing development for housing association Cross Keys Homes in Orton Brimbles, Peterborough. The scheme is creating 54 one- and two-bedroom apartments for social rent for over-55s, with care provided by Cross Keys Care.
Lovell regional training advisor Jo Scott says: “The Ormiston Meadows pupils came up with some very strong designs. As part of our ongoing work raising safety awareness among pupils, we visit schools near our construction sites and talk to them about the potential dangers associated with construction activity. It was great to see that the children at Ormiston Meadows had grasped the message so clearly and came up with some excellent poster ideas to communicate it. We’re now displaying their designs on the hoardings around the Lapwing Court construction site.”
“Ormiston Meadows Academy is very pleased to work in partnership with Lovell, to raise our pupils’ awareness of the dangers of playing on building sites as well as helping them to understand health and safety,” says Ormiston Meadows Academy’s principal Jean Watt. “It is fantastic that Lovell are taking such a proactive approach to safety in the local community, through visits to our school and its competition to design health and safety posters.”
Lovell presented prizes to three winners in each age group. The Year 5 winners were: Cameron Bull in first place; Cara O’Sullivan in second place and Sophia Stratton in third. The Year 6 winners were: Ewelina Autryb in first place; Katie Finnigan in second and Ellie Bayliss in third place.