Construction is child’s play

Construction sites are usually no place for children but last month, more than 60 youngsters got to explore the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway project as part of the Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture (FHSW JV) inaugural KIDS @ Work Day.

Project Director Brad Thompson said the day was a huge success with both the kids and parents leaving the project site with big smiles on their faces.

“KIDS @ Work Day provided parents of the project team with an opportunity to share a work day with their kids.

“Not only did the kids get some insight into where Mum or Dad works and what they do, they also got to experience construction works first-hand in high-vis,” Mr Thompson said.

FHSW JV’s youngest visitors after their site inductionReady to go: FHSW JV’s youngest visitors after their site induction

The children arrived on-site in their high-vis shirts and started the day with a welcome, site induction (including safe spine exercises) and morning tea. After receiving their special KIDS @ Work induction cards, the group split into two and travelled by bus to different areas of the construction site.

“The groups saw a live animal show, learnt about the traditional owners of the land, viewed bridge construction in progress and got a close-up look at real machinery on site,” Mr Thompson said.

Construction in her blood: Little Samantha with her mother, Leah McKenzie, Department of Transport and Main Roads District Director (North Coast)Construction in her blood: Little Samantha with her mother, Leah McKenzie, Department of Transport and Main Roads District Director (North Coast)

Big toys: Kids and parents inspect the project siteBig toys: Kids and parents inspect the project site

After returning to the main site compound for lunch, the kids created mementoes of their day by colouring in paper hand cut-outs with their name, age and favourite part of the site tour. The kids were given bags with gifts from the project team and subcontractors before having a fun-filled afternoon at Aussie World.

When asked what their parent does at work, the kids responded with:

  • “Drinks lots of coffee and goes to the toilet” – Connie, age 4.
  • “Hangs doors, does painting and picks up trees” – Zoe, age 4.
  • “Talks on the phone all day” – Isla, age 5.
  • “Drives around site and bosses people around” – Mali, age 13.

FHSW JV thanks Conelex, Clayton’s Towing, Traffex, Coates, Jaybro and Cat Rental for sponsoring this important day for project employees and their families.

Pick me: Future construction stars keen to show off what they had learned from their visitPick me: Future construction stars keen to show off what they had learned from their visit