Pupils get health and safety lesson from housebuilders

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St Helens pupils were given an important lesson in health and safety by home builder Countryside, who paid a visit to Willow Tree Primary School this week as part of its ongoing community safety initiative.

With its new Juniper Grove development located on Leach Lane, Countryside held an informative assembly at the school to educate the pupils about the dangers of live building sites.

The group of 250 children from KS1 and KS2 learnt about construction safety through the use of props and demonstrations.

Colin Murray, Regional Director of Health and Safety at Countryside, said: “The safety of the local residents is of the utmost importance when it comes to building sites, which is why we host regular health and safety assemblies at primary schools that neighbour our developments.

“It’s vital that the community feels confident that we’re taking every possible step to ensure their safety and, through the use of props and Q&A sessions, we aim to make the schoolchildren aware of the serious underlying dangers involved with live building sites.”

Martin Bell, headteacher at Willow Tree Primary School, added: “We really appreciate Countryside taking the time to visit the school to educate our pupils, many of whom live in the local area, about the potential hazards present on construction sites.

“Younger children in particular can be very curious, so it’s important that they are aware of all the dangers. We’re confident that they’re now equipped with that knowledge and will behave sensibly should they come across a building site.”

Due to launch this spring, Juniper Grove will offer three and four bedroom homes, available through a number of home buying initiatives such as the Help to Buy scheme.