Building sites danger warning issued ahead of school holidays

Wednesday June 29th 2022


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

JSL, the security firm responsible for site safety at Shawfair, has issued a renewed warning to schoolchildren in Midlothian about the dangers of illegally entering building sites.

The call comes ahead of term ending for pupils at Danderhall Primary School, Gilmerton Primary School and Dalkeith Secondary School on Thursday.

JSL is asking parents and carers, and the children they are responsible for, to watch a 10-minute YouTube video Stay Safe, Stay Away. The video explains that many building site dangers are often hidden, including falling materials and trip hazards.

Deborah Lindsay, JSL’s managing director, said: “We cannot be any clearer. It is illegal and extremely unsafe to enter building sites and areas of regeneration in and around Shawfair without authorisation. Doing so puts lives in danger.

“With the safety of the public at the heart of everything we do I would urge all parents, carers and their young people to watch our recommended YouTube video. Sadly, too many children can be tempted to climb a gate or fence to access construction sites, but we hope this safety video will help keep every young person in the local area safe this summer.”

Nick Waugh, commercial property director at Shawfair LLP, said: “Construction workers go through hundreds of hours of training before they are allowed to work on a building site and they must wear safety gear, such as a hard hat, at all times. That is why it is so important that children and their families know of the dangers of illegally entering a building site.”

Shawfair LLP is a joint venture between Buccleuch Property and Mactaggart & Mickel Homes.


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