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Don't Enjoy a Summer Break

08 July 2016 | Updated 01 January 1970

Don't be the Goof on the Roof is a campaign just launched by VPS Site Security on social media to warn of the risks of playing on construction sites this summer.

Using some hard-hitting images, the digital media campaign aims to reduce the number of incidents of young people playing in and around or on the rooftops of building works or empty sites. One of the pictures shows a broken leg with bone visible.

Following a recent spate of children suffering serious or sometimes fatal injuries, VPS Site Security are seeking to get the message across to young people about the dangers of vacant sites being used as playgrounds.

"We estimate that probably over 3,000 young people are taking risks every week trespassing on construction sites or vacant buildings." says Simon Alderson of VPS.

As summer holidays approach, unattended construction sites will become a magnet for children looking to explore and play in them, despite being full of hidden dangers such as uneven grounds, incomplete staircases, roofs, glass window frames, and motor equipment.

"Kids are naturally curious, they might get bored during the vacation and so unwittingly take steps that could lead to a broken leg or worse," said Alderson. "I know one of the campaign's pictures is raw, quite literally but when we showed young people the range of posters, that was the one that most said made them think more carefully about the dangers."



The campaign is not just directed at young people but also at owners and managers of construction sites left temporarily vacant.

Alderson adds "Because they are dangerous places, site managers should do their utmost to keep them safe and secure whilst they are unattended. Combustible materials should be removed, the security of perimeters and all access points checked regularly and for particularly vulnerable sites, they should consider CCTV monitoring."

Anyone who owns, or controls, a site has a legal duty of care to protect people on the site from foreseeable harm, and this duty even extends to people who are trespassing. People injured on a site, even if they are unauthorised trespassers, can sue the owners and managers for negligence and for responsibility for their injuries.

Pictures: ‘Don't be the Goof on the Roof' Social media campaign has three photos currently available: X-Ray, Girl with broken arm, Bone from

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Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 08 July 2016


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