Youngsters learn how to stay safe

WDH safety talk at Common Road J&I School
WDH safety talk at Common Road J&I School

Children will be as safe as houses after learning about the hazards of building work from a special visitor.

Pupils from Common Road School, South Kirkby, were visited by safety-wise builder Kieran, from construction company Kier.

The firm is currently improving more than 300 homes on the Holmsley and Park Estates in the town, on behalf of Wakefield and District Housing (WDH).

Kieran was there to show the youngsters the importance of high visibility jackets, hard hats, goggles and gloves.

The children were also warned about scaffolding, fencing, heavy equipment, machinery and the noise and dust that they may come across during the improvements.

Headteacher Deborah Batty said: “The visit was really useful for the children as they will be able to pass this information on to older brothers and sisters or their friends when they are out and about.

“Anything that helps them understand the importance of staying safe and looking after each other is vital to their development.”

Five-year-old Charlie Cartwright said: “You have to wear a hard hat in case anything falls so it won’t hurt your head.”

Northfield Primary School and Stockingate Mill Junior School were also visited by the mascot earlier this year.