Kids’ safety posters at Zurich construction site

(from left) Amy-Leigh Baker-McCabe with her third-placed design, Contracts Manager Len Arnold, Keira Leece with her winning design, Anagh Coar headteacher Rob Coole and Madison Crellin with her second-place design

(from left) Amy-Leigh Baker-McCabe with her third-placed design, Contracts Manager Len Arnold, Keira Leece with her winning design, Anagh Coar headteacher Rob Coole and Madison Crellin with her second-place design

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Posters promoting safety on building sites have been designed by children from Anagh Coar School in a project organised by the Dandara Group.

The developer asked the pupils to come up with colourful and informative safety posters to display at the construction site near the school where the new Zurich headquarters for the island is being built.

They produced a collection of eye-catching designs, and three were selected to feature at the site.

Keira Leece, from Year 3/4, produced the winning poster, with Year 6’s Madison Crellin’s design in second place and Amy-Leigh Baker-McCabe, from Year 4, third.

Large versions of the winning posters have been installed at the Isle of Man Business Park, Cooil Road, site where the new Zurich headquarters is under construction.

Earlier this year it was announced Zurich International Life was to move to new premises. The international insurance company has been based in the island since 1982.

The business employs 220 staff from the current Athol Street, Douglas, base.

The poster competition was part of Dandara’s work in the community during the development project. The company is a member of the Considerate Constructors Scheme which requires developers to engage with the local community to make them aware of potential disruption and keep them updated on progress.

Contracts manager Len Arnold and safety advisor Grant Howard visited Anagh Coar School to highlight the dangers of playing on building sites and the safety procedures involved in construction.

Len said: ‘We felt it would help reinforce the safety message if we invited the children at Anagh Coar School to create posters for the Zurich site, and we were absolutely delighted with the designs. They clearly heard and understood the warnings and it was a really tough job choosing just three to display. By displaying the posters at the site we are not only showing off the wonderful work done by the children, but also making sure the important safety message is clear for anyone passing by or visiting.’

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