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Health and safety poster competition warns children about building site dangers

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Published by Jon Land for Smye Holland Associates in Housing

Healthy and safety poster competition warns children about building site dangers Healthy and safety poster competition warns children about building site dangers

Health and safety posters designed by pupils at Larkspur Community Primary School on the Beacon Lough Estate in Gateshead are going on display across Gateshead to warn children about the potential dangers of building sites.

Morrison Facilities Services, a key part of The Gateshead Housing Company's £1 million per week Decent Homes Programme, is refurbishing a number of homes across Gateshead.

This often involves using equipment such as scaffolding to improve homes and skips to dispose of waste. 

To help children understand the meaning of health and safety signs Morrison recently launched its 'In Safe Hands' initiative at Larkspur Community Primary School.  The aim is to educate them about building site hazards. 

As part of the initiative, Morrison launched a competition for Larkspur school pupils to design posters that will be used to warn other children about playing on building sites. The winners were announced at a special presentation held at the school.

Winner in the 4 to 7 year old category was Taylor Barnes while Daniel McComb picked up the top prize in the 8 to 11 year old category. 

Prizes were presented by local councillors Jean Lee and Brian Richmond with Linda Colburn, North East partnering director at Morrison.

Both winners received an art set, a VIP tour of a Morrison construction site and a copy of their poster made into a Morrison safety sign which will be displayed on building sites around Gateshead.

Runners up Dyllan Hailes, Lisa Price and Kaylie Short (4 to 7 year old category) and Lauren Reynolds, Charlotte Highton and Kieran McKee (8 to 11 year old category) were given a VIP tour of a Morrison construction site and a goodie bag.  All the children who entered the competition received an Easter egg. 

Larkspur Community Primary School was also presented with a cheque for £400 which had been donated by Morrison and its sub-contractors.  

Linda Colburn from Morrison said:  "All the pupils worked really hard to design some fantastic and well-informed health and safety posters which communicated many of the things that they had learnt during the information session. 

"Building sites can be tempting for children to play in and they often don't understand what the safety signs mean or understand the potential dangers.  The In Safe Hands initiative is helping us to get across to children some really important messages in a fun and informative way."

The initiative is being rolled out across other schools in areas where Morrison is improving homes.

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