On Friday 20th March McGee played a key role in an event at the Square Mile’s Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School in the City of London. As Aldgate roundabout near the school gates has begun a 20-million-pound major transformation into a public space, a whole host of activities organised by the City of London Corporation’s Road Safety team, saw 240 primary children learn about road and construction site safety – with a little help from special guest, Ivor Goodsite.
Ivor Goodsite is the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s mascot who, when not on site, spends his time visiting schools and local communities to promote health and safety around building sites.
Children’s favourite Ivor was kept busy throughout the day promoting the safety message to the youngsters, even helping McGee’s Marc Byrne, Head of Community Liaison, give informative but fun lessons for each class – from Nursery to Year 6 – on how to stay safe around construction sites. Each lesson lasted around 20 minutes and covered topics including: the importance of safety signs and equipment; the types of and purpose of personal protective equipment; identifying types of machinery on a building site and spotting the kinds of hazards that might also be found. Following the lesson, each class had the opportunity to complete a range of Ivor Goodsite colouring-in sheets or design their own safety poster.
McGee also provided an ‘Exchanging Places’ experience in the playground where the children could sit in a lorry to see the driver’s blind spots.
Marc said: “We were delighted to work with the City of London’s Road Safety team and Ivor Goodsite in helping to deliver this safety day for the pupils of Sir John Cass’s Primary School. The McGee team were thrilled to meet the children and give them an insight into road and construction site safety. I would like to thank the City of London Corporation for inviting McGee to help deliver the event and we look forward to cascading the safety message to more schools throughout the City.”
Sheila Moules, Road Safety Officer of the City of London Corporation said: “The scheme, with Transport for London, will create a giant piazza near the school and that will really help all pedestrians and street-users to have a safer and better time. But getting there will involve a lot of work and that itself creates potential problems – so we’re working with Sir John Cass to help make their kids even smarter, and safer.”
Speaking before the event, Marianne Fredericks, Chairman of Streets and Walkways Sub Committee at the City of London Corporation, said “Learning good road safety habits at an early age is essential. Sir John Cass’s Road Safety Day will provide young children with vital and practical lessons about road safety and construction site working, helping them to establish safety awareness for themselves and their families.”
The day concluded with each pupil receiving a McGee goody bag and high visibility vest – presented by Ivor himself – to take home.
Also involved in the day were, Riney contractors, the City Corporation’s Road Danger Reduction Team, City Police, Skanska Construction, Mace Construction, Speedy Hire and Keltbray.
To view the photos from the event, please click here.