Around 30 youngsters took part in workshops with Story Homes to learn about the importance of staying safe on building sites.

Carlisle's Bishop Harvey Goodwin School is about a mile from Story Homes's The Ridings development and the housebuilder visited the local students to help them understand why staying away from a live construction site was the best way to stay safe.

Scott Galli, senior health and safety advisor and Katie Brown, communications partner, talked about hazards on a building site, as well as demonstrating the types of personal protective equipment workers are required to wear.

The year four and five pupils dressed up in PPE, including a hard hat and high-visibility vest, and were joined by Story Homes’s mascot Builder Bear.

Scott said: “As a family-owned, responsible housebuilder, we know the importance of making children aware of site safety.

"We have a responsibility to the communities in which we build to not only enhance the area but also to minimise any disruption caused by our work – and this includes ensuring our neighbours are kept safe.

“We thoroughly enjoyed working with the students, and hopefully when they are older, they may consider a role with a housing developer such as Story Homes."

The school said: “The pupils were engaged and interested in the session, and were all excited to meet the visitors.

"They learned how to be safe by not playing on building sites and met Builder Bear who showed the pupils how builders can work safely.”