Friday 15th April 2011
Budding civil engineers were treated like VIPs when BarhaleWSP hosted youngsters from a local school for a site visit to a flood alleviation scheme near Halifax.
The joint venture between Barhale and engineering consultancy WSP is installing a 13.5m diameter shaft at Mytholmroyd on behalf of Yorkshire Water to help prevent flooding in the area.
Safety was at the top of the agenda for the nine to 11 year old children from the nearby Scout Road Primary School in Mytholmroyd.
Before the site visit, the BarhaleWSP team called in to the school and gave a presentation about the potential hazards of a construction site and the importance of safety. The pupils were then kitted out in hi-visibility vests and hard hats, personalised with their own names by BCS, the leading supplier of safety and construction products.
The youngsters also learned about the work of Yorkshire Water and Barhale WSP, why flooding occurred and what actions they could take in their own homes to reduce flooding.
The scheme involves the installation of 74 secant piles to a depth of approximately 18m. When the children visited the site, they were escorted in groups of 10 to a viewing area adjacent to the site to see the piling rig in operation.
Site manager Alan Philips said: “This was an excellent opportunity to work closely with our local community and customers. The children were very interested in our work and were delighted with their personalised hard hats and the hi-vis vests which featured their names and the BarhaleWSP, Yorkshire Water and Be Safe logos printed on the back.”
Youngsters from Scout Road Primary School in Mytholmroyd pictured wearing their personalised safety equipment during the site visit and meeting members of the Barhale WSP team