Local P6 and P7 pupils from Windsor Hill Primary School received a health and safety briefing from firmus energy natural gas engineers at a special Assembly last week.
The special Assembly consisted of a brief introduction to firmus energy, followed by health and safety tips on how to identify danger around construction sites and keep out of harm’s way.
Ciaran Brennan, firmus energy Network Engineer, said:
“We have been building out a natural gas network across Northern Ireland for almost 13 years and are continuing to work hard to extend our network and offer the benefits of natural gas to as many people as possible.
“This does require us and our contractors, Kier, to dig trenches in the various areas in which we work. We understand in these instances that children can be curious about what we are doing and believe it is important to educate the children of the dangers of playing near construction areas.
“While the presentation is delivered in a fun and interactive way, there is a serious message behind it. We hope to let them see, in a safe environment, what it is that we are doing and to make them aware that the construction zones are not suitable play areas. We would ask parents to reinforce this message - and ensure they keep children away from holes, trenches and machinery."
The special Assembly focussed on raising children’s awareness of the potential dangers of playing near or on construction sites. The importance of staying away from Construction vehicles, stacks of pipes and excavations was communicated in a quirky and interactive way. Many examples of potential dangers were discussed and the children were encouraged to identify how they would keep themselves and their friends safe.
School Principal Miss Isobel McKane commented:
“It can be very tempting for pupils to wander into construction and building sites when they are off school at the weekend, so we are grateful to firmus energy for taking the time to encourage our pupils to say YES to safety. The session was very informative and I know the pupils were especially excited to get to try on some of the helmets and hi-vis clothing.”
Since 2006, firmus energy has connected over 35,000 customers in its network area (outside greater Belfast) and supplies over 85,000 with natural gas across Northern Ireland. By the end of 2018 it will have invested an additional £422,124 to extend the natural gas network in the Craigavon area by a further 2,757km, making this alternative, energy efficient fuel available to a further 218 homes and businesses.