Pupils learn about construction safety

A photomontage of the Tipperty junction
A photomontage of the Tipperty junction

Pupils from a Mearns school visited the main offices of a construction site to learn about their dangers for the summer holidays.

Children from Dunnottar Primary School were joined by pupils from Aberdeen’s Dyce School at the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) project’s main offices.

Scott Shaw, Project Manager for the AWPR/B-T project, said: “The construction of this critical and large infrastructure project is now well underway and, as you would expect of a project of this scale, there are a wide variety of works happening across the 58km long site. These construction works are highly visible and stretch across rural and urban areas.

“We know this could make the AWPR/B-T site an attractive place for children to explore, particularly during holidays. However, we want to get the message out that construction sites are dangerous places and the best way to stay safe is to stay away.

“The contractor for the project, Aberdeen Roads Limited, has prepared a leaflet providing advice on the dangers everyone can experience on a construction site and how you can best avoid these dangers, which is available to download from the project website.”

Co-Leader of Aberdeenshire Council Cllr Martin Kitts-Hayes said: “With the AWPR/B-T route now well-advanced, it may be tempting for children to explore the changing landscape.

“It’s so important that they know the dangers that exist on a construction site, and the best way to do this is through education. I’m pleased that these pupils have had the chance to understand how a project as big as this is developed.”

Malcolm Findlay, General Manager for Aberdeen Roads Limited, said: “The safety of the local community, road users and our workforce are of paramount importance to us. With the school summer holidays upon us, we are asking children to stay safe by staying away from our site. We’d also like to ask parents to ensure their children stay safe this summer and throughout the construction period.

“Through our schools engagement programme we have met over 4500 young people from over 30 nursery, primary and secondary schools. We use these opportunities to stress how important it is to take your own safety seriously.”

Mairi Stewart, teacher from Dunnottar Primary School said: “Just wanted to say a huge thank you on behalf of both classes. The presentation was fab and really informative.”