Plea to keep children safe
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.