School children help FHM spread safety message
Published by Kelly Elliott for Frank Haslam Milan in Housing and also in Communities
Pupils from TileryPrimary School with (from l-r) Gill Sweeney (FHM Lead RLO), John Repton (Head teacher), Heather Brown (Vela project officer) and Clive Metcalfe (FHM operations manager).
Pupils at a Stockton school have joined forces with a local business to promote safety on building sites in the area.
Community regeneration specialist Frank Haslam Milan (FHM) North East, part of the Keepmoat Group, is carrying out improvement works to local properties on behalf of Tristar Homes, part of the Vela Group.
With scaffolding being used during the renovations, staff at FHM wanted to ensure local children were aware of the dangers, so teamed up with Tilery Primary School, in St Ann’s Terrace.
After listening to a health and safety talk from FHM, which included an interactive DVD, the school’s 200 pupils came up with their own designs for health and safety posters, to be used onsite.
FHM then chose five winning designs to be displayed in the areas undergoing improvements, and to thank the children for their help, the company dedicated a tree to the school at a nearby wood.
FHM lead resident liaison officer Gill Sweeny, who coordinated the project, said: “Many of the children at the school live in or near the properties that FHM are working on, so it was important to us that they understood the dangers of building sites and scaffolding.
“There were some fantastic poster designs, the children were really enthusiastic and their work will now be used to spread the health and safety message to the wider community.
“The tree dedication is to thank the pupils for all their help and hard work.”
School head teacher John Repton said: “This project has encouraged the children to think about safety and about taking responsibility for their actions.
“It’s always useful to extend learning beyond the classroom. The health and safety message has really been taken on board by the children and they are now sharing what they have learnt with parents, siblings and members of the community.
“The tree dedication was a wonderful gift and we will use this to encourage the children to think about sustainability and the environment.”
Keith Moulder, Stock and Investment Manager for Tristar Homes, said: “As an organisation we take the health and safety of our customers and the wider community very seriously and educating children of the dangers of building sites and scaffold is particularly important.
“The initiative has been very successful as we are pleased to say that there have been no reports of any incidents regarding children playing on the scaffold during the works.”
The children who designed the winning posters were all presented with gift vouchers by FHM.