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School children visit Boston housing development site

27th September 2017

School children were given an insight into Health and Safety rules on building sites during a visit to a Lindum housing development near Boston.

Pupils from Years 9, 10 and the Sixth Form at Giles Academy visited the development, which is opposite their school, on Meadow Way in Old Leake on Thursday, 21 September.

During their visit, they met with a team from Lindum, including Site Manager Paul Donohue, Quantity Surveyor Adam Smith, Framework Manager Jo Holmes and Health and Safety Adviser Rob Fiedor.

Between them, they explained how H&S rules and regulations impact on construction and learned how safe working practices are ensured across the Group’s building sites.

The pupils – who are all studying engineering - were told about the industry’s tradition of ‘Tool Box Talks, which see workers and managers share information about potential hazards on site, and were given a briefing on the value of PPE (personal protection equipment), such has hard hats and gloves.

The pupils were given a tour of the development, where 30 homes are being constructed on behalf of Boston Mayflower housing association. They were also given an insight into modern construction techniques and asked questions about job opportunities in the industry.

Head of Giles Futures, Steven Davison, said: “This is an amazing experience for the pupils. It gives them the chance to reflect on what they’ve learned in the classroom and see it in action. It makes it real for them.

“Plus, it allows me to refer back to the things they’ve learned on site when we are back in lessons. It’s so much better than just learning from books, internet and staff experience as it connects to the theory"”

Sam Edwards (13) said the site visit had been interesting. “It’s good to see how they put up the buildings and find out how they do it so fast.”

Ethan Steele (13) added: “I enjoyed finding out about all the different health and safety issues.”

The Meadow Way development has been designed by Lincoln-based Core Architects.

Properties being built include 11 three-bed semi-detached homes, 15 two-bed semi-detached homes and four one-bedroom apartments. 10 of the homes are for the shared ownership market and the others will be put out to rent to help meet the local housing needs.

Framework Manager Jo Holmes said: “Site visits such as this help to raise awareness of potential career opportunities in the construction industry. They give young people a real insight into the many and varied jobs which exist.

“Engagement with schools is important to Lindum as inspiring the next generation of tradespeople, site managers, engineers and health and safety experts is vital to the survival of our industry.”

Boston Mayflower provides homes and support for being in housing need.

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