Children Warned Of Construction Site Dangers As Summer Holidays Approach

They may look exciting places - but with the school summer holidays approaching - there is a warning to adventure-seeking children, and their parents, about the dangers of building sites.

The timely message comes from Linden Homes North, as building work at existing and new developments continues throughout the summer.

Each year, many children are injured and some even killed as a result of construction site accidents in the UK, as youngsters seek out a seemingly exciting place to play.

According to statistics from the Health & Safety Executive, more than 80 children have been seriously injured in building site accidents since 2006.

Latest HSE figures (from 2008/9) reveal that one child died and 25 were seriously injured on construction sites across the UK.

In line with the HSE, Linden Homes is encouraging parents to warn their children of the dangers of playing on or near building sites – and as part of that message often organises school visits to talk directly to youngsters and teachers about health and safety.

Linden Homes North construction manager Kevin Hoyland said: "Understandably some children are drawn to construction sites as exciting places to play, but they are not playgrounds and playing on them can have potentially serious consequences.

“The school holidays present an ideal opportunity for a timely reminder to children and parents about the dangers of construction sites – many of which continue to remain active throughout the summer.

“The lighter evenings during the summer months create more time for children to play outdoors – however, we would appeal to parents to check that their youngsters are in a safe environment when playing.”

Linden Homes North does have strict and visible guidelines in place at each construction site – there is also safety advice on the company website.

Linden Homes North site manager Tony Snowden with some of the H&S signage visible at developments around the region.
Linden Homes North site manager Tony Snowden
with some of the H&S signage visible at
developments around the region.

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For further press information please contact Cetti Long at Media Matters on 01733 371363 or email cetti@mediamatters-pr.co.uk

14 July 2015

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