Construction Safety for Students
Meet Wanda and Bruce, construction industry workers in the Wood Buffalo region who want to help make sure everyone stays safe around construction sites and equipment.
Construction Safety Activity Book
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- Learn about the Fort McMurray Construction Association and its role in the region.
- Download a poster to print for your classroom from the Fort McMurray Construction Association: 10 Construction Safety Tips for Kids
- Occupational Health and Safety for Schools
- Visit the Ivor Goodsite Kids Zone to find games, activities and education about construction safety.
Rebuilding Wood Buffalo
In the next three to five years more than 1,500 homes will be built throughout the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. That means neighbourhoods that were significantly impacted by the 2016 Horse River Wildfire will be very busy.
This rebuild is unique because there are so many people already living in the homes that were left standing or have since been rebuilt or replaced. That means there will be active construction in the neighbourhoods where many families already live.
There will be construction crews hard at work and they’ll be operating construction equipment on and off the streets of these neighbourhoods. It’s an exciting time but it’s also a dangerous time and it’s important everyone learns what to look for so they can stay safe.
To help make sure every resident in our community remains safe throughout the rebuild of the region, we’ve created a video, Rebuilding Wood Buffalo: How to Stay Safe.
This video is being shared with every school board in the region and will be shown in classrooms at nearly every school.
We encourage you to watch the video with your children and have a conversation about it at home.
If you are an educator, you’re encouraged to check out the additional resources we’ve put together with our partners, including the Fort McMurray Construction Association, to supplement classroom-based learning.
The most important things to remember when living, playing and going to school near a construction site are to be aware, be seen, and be safe.
Scenarios: Have the students put together a skit about walking to school or playing in the park, in which they encounter one of these scenarios: they come across parked construction equipment, they lose a toy on a construction site, or they have to cross a busy intersection where construction traffic is heavy. Have them work out what they should do, based on the video.
Videos: Have older students make their own construction safety video. Encourage them to use the resources on this page, including the information in our video, to write a script, film, and edit a video they can share with their classmates.
Dress Up: Encourage the students to dress in personal protective equipment (PPE) including a hard hat, gloves, a reflective vest, safety glasses and more. If you don’t have this equipment, encourage them to draw themselves wearing it. Drawing: Have the students draw their favourite scene from the video and explain what they learned.
Colouring: Use the colouring book as an activity for when other classroom work is complete.
Talking to your children about Construction Safety
Staying safe during the rebuilding of your neighbourhood is everyone’s responsibility. It’s important that you talk to your children about what they can do to keep themselves safe during this busy time. Try asking them these questions to get the conversation started.
Q: Do you know why it isn’t safe to play on construction sites?
A: It’s not safe to walk, run, hide, or play in a construction area including homes that are under construction, dirt piles, and around construction equipment. You could trip and fall, hurt themselves on moving equipment, get a shock from exposed wires or come across other hazards.
Note: Explain that if they lose a toy on a construction site it’s best to come home and find help rather than try to retrieve it themselves.
Q: What should you do when you have to walk near construction equipment?
A: Stop, look and listen. The equipment is a lot bigger than you and it’s important to make sure the driver can see you. Make eye contact. Watch for flashing lights and listen for beeping. Don’t forget to look up, too, in case the equipment is working high above you.
Q: Do you know the safest way to school? To the park? To your bus stop?
A: Let’s take a walk together and figure out the safest route. We can count the homes that are under construction and you can help me spot all the construction equipment.
Q: Do you know how to make sure drivers can see you when you’re crossing the street?
A: Wear bright colours. Wear reflective clothing if you’re walking after dark. Look up and around you before you cross the street. Make eye contact with the driver so that you know for sure they see you.
Q: Do you know who to ask for help if you get into trouble?
A: You can always ask an RCMP officer for help if you need it. You can also ask a Scarlet Security guard for help while our neighbourhood is under construction. They drive black, shiny trucks and are there to keep the community safe.
If you have questions about any of the content or resources included in this page, or would like more information about the rebuild of our region, email email@example.com or call the PULSE Line at 780-743-7000.