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Youngsters studying for the construction and built environment GCSE have visited a building site in London to learn about health and safety.

Pupils from the Blackheath Bluecoats secondary school visited a regeneration development in Woolwich to learn about all parts of the building process and get an overview of the project.

The students were also given full personal protective equipment on their visit, including foot protection and other items of workwear.

Paul Vallone, managing director of Berkeley Homes, said: 'We are always pleased to welcome students who have a keen interest in construction.

He added that he hoped the visit would help to inspire 'a future generation of construction workers'.

The Health and Safety Executive recently revealed it stopped on several refurbishment projects in Newcastle due to concerns over working at height on the sites.

Jonathan Wills, an inspector for the body, said that the issue was 'the single greatest cause' of workplace fatalities and added that the construction industry is 'a challenging environment'.

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