School praises Scottish Water for site safety work with pupils

SCOTTISH Water has visited pupils at Ibrox Primary School to ensure they are aware of safety around construction sites while works are carried out nearby.

Preparatory work for investment in improvements to the utility’s service to customers is currently underway at nearby Edmiston Drive in the Ibrox area of Glasgow.

Jane McKenzie, communications manager of major projects at Scottish Water, said, “With the buzz of construction vehicles and workers just next to the school building, it’s no surprise that our work has been a source of great interest for the school community. Well in advance of any activity on site, we recognised that working closely with the school would be key for the safe and successful delivery of this work.

“Safety is paramount for Scottish Water and its partners and we’ve supplied pupils with school branded hi-viz vests to make sure they’re clearly visible during outdoor learning. In coming weeks, we’ll be talking to the pupils about staying safe around construction sites and they’ll also have the chance to visit our site and learn more about our work.

“We’ve done all we can to help minimise any disruption for the school community and we’ll continue to work with the staff and pupils to ensure they are kept up-to-date with what’s happening.”

The team behind the project also helped make improvements to the school environment, with lines being painted in the playground to create zones for the children and help make social distancing easier. Two sanitiser stations have also been installed at areas of the school with high footfall.

Beverly Finlayson, deputy head at Ibrox Primary School, said, “There’s no doubt that the project team has put the needs of the school community at the heart of their work. They’ve been very flexible with us, and extremely helpful and approachable; nothing is a problem and working so closely means that we’re able to work in partnership to develop solutions to any issues if they arise.

“On behalf of the school community, I’d like to thank Scottish Water and Caledonia Water Alliance for the improvements they’ve made to our school and for helping to educate our young people on the dangers of construction sites and how they can stay safe.”