More than 60 schoolchildren had the thrill of their lives thanks to the support of mechanical engineering company EnerMech.
The Primary 6 and 7 pupils at Heathryburn Primary in Aberdeen were taking part in an educational visit to Absafe, the charity which helps youngsters learn to deal with dangerous situations. The pupils and teachers negotiated The Safe’s “scare floor” with seven sets designed to thrill and educate in equal measure.
A virtual village with a typical home, road, railway and double-decker bus tested the children’s analytical, communication and team-working skills, improving their knowledge of hazards they may encounter in everyday life.
Four EnerMech volunteers agreed to “scare because they care”, accompanying the Heathryburn party, with corporate development director Ingrid Stewart, UK HSE manager Wendy Parr and apprentices Ryan Junor and Shaun Jenkins assisting the children as they completed the challenge.
Absafe chief executive, Emma Bellu, said: “EnerMech have an uncompromising focus on safety and are ideal partners for Absafe with our shared values of advancing safety, stopping accidents and saving life. EnerMech is one of the first businesses to sponsor a school visit to The Safe and thanks to their generosity and commitment to being a good neighbour, all 60 primary 6 and 7 pupils from Heathryburn School were the first to experience the thrills and spills of The Safe which opened recently after completing the first stage of our fundraising campaign.”
Heathryburn Primary head teacher Lynne Giles added: “Our P6 and 7 classes had a fantastic time at The Safe and I would like to thank EnerMech for supporting us both financially and by providing volunteers on the day.
“The serious safety messages are delivered in a fun environment, which the classes enjoyed, and we hope the visit will increase awareness of everyday dangers to people’s lives.”