YOUNGSTERS received a timely reminder about the dangers of construction sites ahead of the start of the long summer holidays.
Ivor Goodsite, the mascot of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, went to promote safety on and around building sites at Simonside Primary School in Jarrow, South Tyneside.
He was accompanied by Mark Wilson, regeneration director for Galliford Try Partnerships, who spoke to more than 150 four to 11-year-olds about the different types of hazards they may face on a site.
Wilson said: “Our work with Ivor Goodsite and the Considerate Constructors Scheme forms a very important part of our community engagement strategy. The safety of all who may be affected by the construction work we undertake is paramount.
“Children of this age are very receptive and keen to learn, which makes the visits a real pleasure.”
The Considerate Constructors Scheme is an independent national initiative set up to improve the image of the industry and encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements.
Simonside deputy head teacher Edward Jackson said: “The lessons the children have learned from Ivor will benefit them both now and in later life.
“It is important that they get a grounding in health and safety within a variety of different contexts.
“This makes it easier for them to handle new situations and makes them aware of danger.”