Pupils Playing It Safe With Construction Project

by Ainsley Piggott

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Pr AgencyPRIMARY school children are keeping safe as houses, thanks to an educational visit from the Health and Safety Manager of a local housing development construction site.

Students at St Margaret’s Primary in South Queensferry welcomed Martin Brennan, a senior figure from CALA Home’s Dalmeny Park development, as part of their “Staying Safe” school project.

The pupils dressed up in classic safety gear including hi-vis vests, hard hats and workers boots for the ‘Building Site Bites’ educational presentation, which highlighted the various issues a large scale on site project can raise.

The primary 6 and 7 classes are currently working on a project that involves inventing safety methods to prevent dangers and hazards in everyday life, therefore an insight into the processes and mechanics involved in running a safe building development proved extremely beneficial.

CALA Homes also donated new chairs to the primary 6/7 pupils who had previously been using decade’s old mismatched chairs. The new chairs are of a suitable height for the children and provide lumbar support to ensure comfort in the classroom.

Mairi Blackie, from St Margaret’s Primary School, said: “It was great to have a professional who really knew his stuff come and give a fun but informative talk to the kids.

They have been working extremely hard on this Health and Safety project so it’s good for them to put it all into perspective. Who knows maybe one of them will go on to be a Health and Safety Manager after this.

We also really appreciate the donation from CALA. The kids will be a lot comfier in their new chairs which will hopefully mean they will sit up straight and pay more attention.”

In addition to the ‘Building Site Bites’ talk, the students were presented with top tips on every day health and safety procedures and treated to a selection of free CALA goodies including a drawstring bag with stationery and a health and safety pamphlet.

Mr Brennan, who greatly enjoys sharing his role with the community, said: “It’s amazing to be able to share what I do with a younger generation.

The kids will hopefully find it really beneficial to learn about these kinds of jobs, which often get overlooked at school. I hope they take something from the presentation that they can put into their work – I’m sure it will be straight A’s all round.”

CALA’s Dalmeny Park development recently launched a new phase of one and two bedroom apartments to the market, with prices starting from £165,000.

Those looking to find out more information are being encouraged to contact CALA Homes on 01324 600 268 or visit the development website – where potential buyers can register their interest and discover more of what the luxury range of properties have to offer.


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