Forterra launches Safety Squad


Forterra, one of the UK’s leading building products manufacturers, has launched a brand-new initiative designed to raise awareness of health and safety.

The Safety Squad is a schools engagement programme that highlights the importance of health and safety in the work place by linking it to the concept of hazard perception for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils.

[UnSug-Forterra-SafetySquad-01042022-10] Pupils of Measham Primary learning about Health and Safety Schools that become part of the Safety Squad are invited to their local plant to see first-hand Forterra’s Golden Rules initiative that is the guiding principle behind its own internal health and safety strategy.

The first Safety Squad visit took place at Forterra’s Measham brickworks and Red Bank factory in Leicestershire recently. 30 pupils from Measham C of E Primary School took a tour of the factories. The pupils now have the rest of the year to complete the remaining three parts of the Safety Squad programme which includes a research project about the history of bricks, an art and design project to create a new factory ‘stop’ sign and a safety audit of their own class room or room at home.

Helen Newberry, Head of Communications at Forterra said, “This is a unique project designed to link our internal health and safety programme with our local communities. Health and safety will always be our number one priority and it’s great to be able to share this commitment with the wider community.

“Following the success of the inaugural visit, we hope to attract more primary schools to get in touch about becoming part of our Safety Squad.”

Forterra is inviting primary schools close to its plants who would like to participate in the project to get in touch. There are brick plants in each of the following locations: Measham, Whittlesey, Accrington, Claughton, Cradley Heath, Kirton, Wilnecote, Desford, and Howley Park.

To apply to become part of the Safety Squad contact: [email protected].