Pupils learn about site safety on school visit

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Hemsworth youngsters have been learning about site safety as part of a new scheme to ensure developers consider the impact of their construction sites.

The West End Academy pupils were shown around Kelly Gardens, also in Hemsworth, and learned about the dangers of building sites last week.

Kelly Gardens is a housing development being built by Wakefield and District Housing (WDH).

Work started in September 2013 and the development is now almost completed.

The visit was organised as part of the Considerate Constructors scheme, which assesses construction sites against standards relating to safety, quality and community involvement.

The children, from each year group, have already taken part in a number of activities at the site as part of WDH’s work to keep local people informed.

The school also took part in a competition to name the development.

Jane Gwilliam, a tenant involvement officer at WDH, said: “Working with schools is an important aspect of our work, and getting young local residents involved is really helpful.

“Not only does it give us an opportunity to explain the dangers of building sites, it also gives us an opportunity to involve them in our work, which obviously affects the local area.”