HSE warns children Building sites are not playgrounds

Tuesday, 1st Jul '08 at 07:57

With schools in Scotland about to break up for the summer holidays, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning the construction industry and parents that building sites are dangerous and must not be used as playgrounds.

“Long summer evenings are a time for fun and adventure, unfortunately, all too often it can also be a time of tragedy", said Jim Skilling, Principal Inspector of Construction.

"Understandably some children are drawn to construction sites as exciting places to play, but they are not playgrounds and playing on them can have fatal consequences. Industry and parents need to work together to ensure children’s safety.

“While the numbers of children being killed or injured on construction sites has reduced, there is no room for complacency, as even one incident is one too many”

The following practical advice for parents and workers will help keep children safe this summer:

  • warn children against playing in dangerous areas, including building sites;
  • make sure you know where your children are going, and when they will be back;
  • encourage them to play only in safe areas such as playgrounds;
  • workers should watch out for children playing around sites, if you see children, stop work and make sure they are off site before you begin again;
  • lay heavy objects on the ground or fix them firmly upright so they cannot fall onto children and injure them;
  • secure sites adequately when finishing work for the day;
  • never allow children to ride in construction plant machinery.
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