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Special assembly highlights building site dangers to Salford school children

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Published by Bobbie H for City West Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Education, Health

Gareth Wyatt, Development Officer at City West, with the Forrest mascot and pupils at St Edmunds Primary School Gareth Wyatt, Development Officer at City West, with the Forrest mascot and pupils at St Edmunds Primary School

Children living near a new housing development in Salford have been warned about the dangers of playing on and near construction sites during a special school assembly delivered by City West Housing Trust and contractor Forrest.

Staff from Forrest spoke to around 200 pupils at St Edmunds Primary School in Little Hulton about the consequences of entering building sites, and also showed youngsters the protective clothing and equipment that people need to wear to keep themselves safe.

City West, which owns and manages 14,600 homes in Salford, is currently working with Forrest to build 19 new affordable homes on Fairhurst Drive in Little Hulton to redevelop an area of derelict properties.

Paul Gerrard, Head of Development at City West said: "The health and safety of everyone living in our communities is absolutely paramount, and it is especially important that we educate young children about the dangers of entering and playing on building sites.

"We are delighted that work is underway to deliver these much needed homes in Salford and we will continue to talk to people living in the area to ensure that they understand how to keep safe while construction is underway.”

Kingsley Thornton, Operational Support Director at Forrest said “The school assembly provided us with the opportunity to raise awareness of some very important health and safety principals, and as a result, pupils will be better placed to make sound decisions and avoid the dangers of a live construction site.”

The Fairhurst Drive project is set for completion in September 2014, with new residents expected to move into their new homes in October.

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