Barratt Homes’ warning to children in Wiltshire over building site dangers this summer

By Jamie Hill - 17 July 2019

CommunityHome and Garden

As the school summer holidays get underway Wiltshire housebuilder Barratt Homes is warning children to stay away from its building sites.

The five star housebuilder says new home developments under construction may look like fun and exciting places to play, but they also pose serious dangers.

Barratt Homes is currently working on new developments in Wiltshire including at Sandridge Place in Melksham, White Horse View and Mill Brook in Westbury and Birds Marsh View in Chippenham.

Construction director Anthony Palmer said: “Building sites are full of potential dangers and, as the school summer holidays are here, it is important to remind children and their parents of the need to stay away from them.

“Youngsters are often on the lookout for somewhere new and exciting to play, but construction sites are not adventure playgrounds. While our construction teams watch out for youngsters during the day and we secure our sites at night, we also ask parents to make sure they know where their children are during the holiday time.”

Barratt Homes holds regular safety talks and site visits for schools close to where it is building, to highlight the hazards of playing on or near building sites.

To mark the start of the summer holidays it has compiled its top five dangers on a building site

  • Things may fall on you
  • You may fall into things
  • You might fall from something
  • Getting trapped
  • Wounds or cuts

“It’s important to get youngsters thinking about the dangers that exist to emphasise the message they should stay away from building sites,” Anthony added.

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