Plea to keep chil­dren safe

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - RECRUITMENT & BUSINESS -

KEEP chil­dren off build­ing sites is the warn­ing from an Ash­ford con­struc­tion boss in the run-up to Easter. Danny Laing, area man­ager of Blue­stone, based in Sta­tion Road, is ask­ing par­ents and teach­ers to help high­light the dan­gers of chil­dren play­ing on or near con­struc­tion sites. As part of his com­pany’s safety aware­ness cam­paigns, it wants the in­dus­try and par­ents to work to­gether to alert young­sters to the dan­gers posed. He said: “With the hol­i­days ap­proach­ing and the days get­ting longer, we’re keen to re­in­force the mes­sage that while chil­dren may be at­tracted to sites as of­fer­ing ex­cit­ing places to play, we have to get the mes­sage across to young­sters that build­ing sites are dan­ger­ous places not play­grounds. “We would like ev­ery­one, teach­ers, par­ents and other con­struc­tion com­pa­nies, to join with us to keep chil­dren safe.” Ac­cord­ing to Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive fig­ures, more than 70 chil­dren had ac­ci­dents on con­struc­tion sites be­tween 2004 and 2006. Blue­stone or­gan­ises safety aware­ness ses­sions in schools.

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