Danderhall Primary School pupils learn about building site dangers

1 July 2021

Warning signs created by Danderhall Primary School pupils will soon be displayed on fencing around the nearby Shawfair housing development after the firm responsible for its security launched a competition to raise awareness of building site safety.

Every child at the primary school in Danderhall has watched JSL Services recommended 10-minute YouTube video to discourage children from entering construction sites by showing the many dangers that exist in them, often hidden; including falling materials and trip hazards. The children were then tasked with designing a warning board using the information from the video.

Every winner will have their artwork displayed at Shawfair’s construction sites and an overall winner will receive a £150 Amazon voucher from JSL Services for their class. Additionally, each class entered will have three winners who will take home either a £25 Amazon voucher, a £15 Amazon voucher or a sweetie hamper.

Deborah Lindsay, JSL’s managing director, said: “We were really impressed with the high standard of warning boards we received from the pupils; it’s clear they all watched the video and took on board the safety messages. Thank you so much to the teachers for helping us raise awareness of this important issue.

“Sadly, too many children can be tempted to climb a gate or a fence to access dangerous building sites, but we hope that our safety video and competition will help keep every pupil at Danderhall Primary School safe this summer and beyond.”

Nick Waugh, commercial property director at Shawfair LLP, said: “We are really excited about the progress we are making in developing the exciting new town of Shawfair. As work carries on throughout the summer months, it is so important that children and their families know of the dangers of illegally entering a building site.

“Construction workers have to go through hundreds of hours of training before they are allowed to work on a building site and they must wear safety gear, such as a hard hat, at all times. That is why it is so important for children to know of the dangers that exist on the other side of the fence.”