Keepmoat Ken visits Leeds for Health & Safety talks
Published by Becki Ord for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities
Keepmoat Ken with pupils Luke Hintze, Jayden Lawrence, Ruby Lindsay, Poppy Clark.
Kids from three primary schools in South Leeds were visited by construction and regeneration specialist, Keepmoat, to talk about the importance of Health and Safety.
Mascot Keepmoat Ken visited St Luke’s, Greenmount and Hunslet Moor primary schools to teach the children about the dangers of building sites and the importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
The kids got to try the PPE on for size, wearing Keepmoat hard hats, high visibility vests, gloves, ear defenders and steel toe capped safety boots.
The youngsters also watched a Health and Safety DVD, were quizzed about the dangers they’d seen, and had the chance to ask questions about safety on building sites.
Juliet Bennett, Community Liaison Manager at Keepmoat, said: “At Keepmoat, we always try to form relationships with the communities surrounding our sites. We find that it pays to be proactive and to begin working with local schools from the very beginning of a development.
“I think the children have really taken the message of staying safe on building sites to heart and have enjoyed learning a bit more about the work being carried out in their communities.”
Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council Executive Member for Children and Families said: “I’m delighted to see Keepmoat are engaging with local children and getting important health and safety messages into the community.”
A ‘design a sign’ safety competition was also handed out for the kids to get creative, with winners being announced after the school holidays in September.
Keepmoat is currently building 388 new council homes in the Beeston Hill, Holbeck and Little London areas as part of the Sustainable Communities for Leeds (sc4L) contract with Leeds City Council. Work is also underway on major refurbishments to 1296 existing council homes and associated environmental improvements.