STAFF from Limerick engineering firm Roadbridge have been visiting schools across the regeneration areas to warn curious kids about avoiding some of the many building sites in the area.
With some building taking place across Moyross, Southill, Ballinacurra Weston and St Mary’s Park, many children could be tempted to break through the safety barriers and play on the building sites.
But this is a big mistake, says Peter Skehan of the company, who has been giving youngsters an education as to why they shouldn’t.
“It’s something we do in all areas when we go into a new estate. We try and engage with the local schools.
“It’s important to get the message across of the construction and the dangers associated with it,” he explains.
Among the schools Roadbridge staff have attended are Corpus Christi primary school in Moyross, Our Lady of Lourdes National School, near Ballinacurra Weston, and Le Cheile National School on the southside.
Peter added: “There is a lot of interest. Kids have a natural curiosity on construction.
“A lot of them would have their own toys at home, and that breeds curiosity. We need to get past that, and get the message to them that the big digger they see themselves having fun with, that there is danger for water hazards and other associated problems.”
Despite the stark message, Peter said the children have enjoyed “something a bit different to the norm of the standard lessons every day”.
They also spoke about the need to care for the environment in the areas.
Roadbridge has been contracted by Limerick City and County Council on an agreed programme of road and footpath repairs to regeneration communities, and also secured a contract to provide 12 homes – something which sprang up in just ten weeks, the company says.