Art competition raises Horsham A24 safety awareness

A24 art award winners
A24 art award winners

Winners of a site safety competition organised by the A24 infrastructure project team visited Tesco at Broadbridge Heath on Saturday December 6 to see their winning artwork displayed on the hoarding for the A24 Horsham roadworks, and receive their prizes and certificates.

Accompanied by their proud parents, the children included winners Oscar Witherow age 5 and Sophie Ibbotson aged 11, and runners up Oskar Dyson age 6 and Thomas Cameron age 12.

With prizes kindly donated by Tesco and health and safety consultants, Calford Seaden, the winners won book vouchers and all of the children were given a bag of art goodies.

The competition was run by the A24 infrastructure project team to raise awareness of site safety in and around construction projects. The team invited the Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre holiday club to create pictures that depicted safety around a construction site. The children were asked to be as creative as possible and draw pictures of activities that might take place in a construction site, including vehicles and the team at work.

For added inspiration Charlotte, the health and safety manager from J Breheny Contractors met the children and gave them a brief talk about how to stay safe in and around construction sites. This included why special clothing is worn by construction workers, what vehicles might be visible during the building work and why it is important to take care around active construction sites.

A spokesperson from J Breheny Contractors said: “Over 40 entries with fantastic pictures were received. The A24 infrastructure project team had a tough job judging the high quality of entries. All the team from the A24 works would like to say a big thank you to all the entrants and congratulations to the winners and runners up.”

Lee Laflain, Manager of Tesco at Broadbridge Heath comments: “We are pleased to be involved in this competition that creatively explored the construction industry and allowed children to consider important health and safety issues. We hope the art prizes that we have given the winners encourage them to continue to enjoy their love of art.”