With the school holidays approaching, Kier Homes’ site manager A J O’Neil; assistant site manager, Andy Trainer and Kier Homes’ safety mascot Kieran (Gavin Menzies, site operative), volunteered to visit the school to help local school children understand the dangers of playing on construction sites.
A J said: “ The children have been brilliant, asking lots of questions and trying on safety gear like high visibility jackets and hard hats. As Kier Homes will be working in the area for many months to come it’s important that young people know how to stay safe – especially as the long school summer holidays begin.“
During the visit, pupils had the opportunity to try on safety equipment and were also invited to enter a Kier Homes poster competition to help spread awareness amongst young people about the dangers of building sites. AJ O’Neil is one of six outstanding site managers from Kier Homes who have been commended in the first round of judging for the NHBC Health and Safety Awards 2013.
Michael Roughsedge, deputy headteacher said: “A big thank you to Kier Homes for their visit. The children really enjoyed meeting Kieran - it was a great way to get across an important safety message.”
Kier Homes is currently building new homes at St Walstans, Wilderness Road, Costessey, within a mile of the school, which will comprise 215 two, three and four bedroom houses and townhouses which will be completed in 2015. All are built to Kier’s high standards and designed to blend with the surrounding architecture of the village. Kier Homes is a member of the Considerate Constructors Scheme which works to improve the image of construction.