Chesterfield housing developer in urgent safety warning ahead of school holidays

A Chesterfield housing developer is highlighting the danger of building sites ahead of the school summer holidays.

Tuesday, 13th July 2021, 9:16 am
Updated Tuesday, 13th July 2021, 9:16 am

Linden Homes, which is building Walton Peaks, a development of two, three and four-bedroom homes on part of the Walton Hospital site in Chesterfield is warning adventure-seeking children – and their parents – about the dangers of building sites.

The developer has issued the timely reminder as schools prepare for the end of term and the anticipated lifting of coronavirus restrictions could lead to greater social freedom.

Gary Thomas, health, safety and security advisor at Vistry Group, owner of Linden, said: “Sadly, each year, a number of children are injured as a result of construction site accidents in the UK.

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“Boredom, long summer evenings and children can be a dangerous combination.

“Construction sites are not playgrounds and playing on them can have potentially serious consequences.

“The summer holidays and perhaps some new-found ‘freedom’ following a review on Covid restrictions prompt a timely reminder to children and parents about the dangers of construction.

“We appeal to parents to check their youngsters are in a safe environment when playing.”

Children are being warned of the dangers of playing on building sites.
Children are being warned of the dangers of playing on building sites.

“While our developments have clear signage and are secured in non-operating hours, much of the machinery and materials we use remain on site – which could have very serious consequences if in the wrong hands.

“Our site teams are advised to be extra vigilant during the school holidays and weekends when it comes to controlling access to the site by unauthorised personnel.

“We cannot take a relaxed view of safety. It is the law.”

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