St Marie's Pupils enjoy safety lesson from Ivor Goodsite

The children at St Marie’s Catholic Primary School in Rugby gave the thumbs-up to an interactive lesson in safety.

Our Rugby construction team organised for a special visitor – industry mascot Ivor Goodsite – to meet pupils and help them understand about the potential dangers of construction sites and the importance of never playing on a building site or near construction activity.

During a lively presentation to the whole school, our best practice manager Karen Ryan and site manager Kevin Hudson gave a number of pupils the chance to dress up in construction safety gear such as hard hats and safety gloves. Ivor Goodsite – the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s colourful mascot, who helps children learn more about the construction industry – was on hand to emphasise the safety message.

“Showing children the protective clothing and equipment we use on site makes an immediate impact and is a fun and memorable way of helping them appreciate what is involved in construction activity and think about the potential hazards,” says Karen. “We want all children and young people to know that they should never view building sites as places to play. We had an excellent question-and-answer session with the pupils at St Marie’s, showing they’d really thought about the safety issues.” As a part of the event a safety-themed painting competition was organised for the pupils asking them to reflect in their designs the message they learned from the presentation and prizes will be presented to the winners.

Our Rugby team are currently working on a major project in the town, building a new boarding house for Rugby School. The energy-efficient three-storey building at the leading co-educational boarding school’s Collingwood Centre site, off Oak Street, will be its first purpose-built boarding house for more than 70 years.



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