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As the school summer holidays get underway Isle of Wight housebuilder Barratt Homes is warning children to stay away from its building sites.

The housebuilder says new home developments under construction may look like fun and exciting places to play, but they also pose serious dangers.

Barratt Homes is currently working on new homes at St George’s Gate in Shide and Hawthorn Meadows in Whippingham.

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Construction director Harlan Bevis said:

“Building sites are full of potential dangers and, as the school summer holidays are here, it is important to remind children and their parents of the need to stay away from them.

“Youngsters are often on the lookout for somewhere new and exciting to play, but construction sites are not adventure playgrounds. While our construction teams watch out for youngsters during the day and we secure our sites at night, we also ask parents to make sure they know where their children are during the holiday time.”

Barratt Homes, holds regular safety talks and site visits for schools close to where it is building, to highlight the hazards of playing on or near building sites.

To mark the start of the summer holidays it has compiled its top 5 dangers on a construction site, information which forms part of site safety talks in schools.

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  • Things may fall on you
  • You may fall into things such as holes in the ground
  • You might be hit by machines
  • You may fall or trip over something
  • You could get trapped in pipes or drains

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