WEST Cork winners in the Health and Safety Authority and Education Centre’s construction safety competition have been announced.
The ‘Building Safety’ competition, which was open to primary school children nationwide and attracted over 6,650 entries from around the country, saw four children who were chosen as regional winners in the West Cork Education Centre catchment area.
Hannah O’Donoghue and Lily Harley from Our Lady of Mercy school in Bantry and Sive Buckley and Robert Kingston from The Model School in Dunmanway received their prizes and certificates of Achievement recently.
The competition was aimed at raising awareness among children and their families about the critical issue of safety in construction.
Children were asked to create a piece of art, or, write a story or poem, with a construction safety theme.
The winners had the opportunity to participate in workshops around the country with artists and writers from the Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership. The resulting book will be published by the Health and Safety Authority in the autumn and sent to all schools and libraries nationwide.
The children emerged as competition overall winners after their success in West Cork Education Centre catchment area.
Mary O’Donovan, director of West Cork Education Centre said: ‘We are delighted to promote a competition like this which is concerned with safety and the livelihood of so many families. We have had a great response to the competition and children are uniquely placed to influence social change in the home and by extension, the workplace. They are raising their own awareness of safety as well as bringing the safety message home to parents and extended family employed in the construction industry.’