A group of local teenagers have donned ‘beer goggles’ for the day to see first-hand the dangers of drinking on a busy construction site.
Willmott Dixon Partnerships challenged pupils from Henry Compton School to try their hand at construction tasks whilst wearing special glasses which mimic the effects of being under the influence of alcohol, to raise awareness of health and safety in the workplace.
The efforts took place in support of the Willmott Dixon Group ‘All Safe’ strategy which aims to ensure a safe working environment for all employees and subcontractors.
‘Beer goggles’ have distorted lenses similar to frosted glass, making the wearer feel nauseous and disorientated to demonstrate the effect alcohol can have on a person’s ability to perform simple tasks.
The youngsters wore the glasses to carry out plastering, plumbing and basic electrical activities at the repairs and maintenance specialist’s Hammersmith and Fulham based branch before completing them without the goggles and comparing the results.
Willmott Dixon local customer and community officer Patricia Roberts said: “We work closely with the school to offer pupils the opportunity to undertake work experience placements on site with our company, and it’s very important for them to understand the health and safety issues of working in a busy construction environment.
“Drinking an excessive amount of alcohol even the night before work can have a negative impact on your abilities the next day, and also endanger yourself and your colleagues.
“We wanted to give the youngsters important health and safety messages, but in an informal and interesting manner. The beer goggles seemed like a great way to do this, and encourage them to think more about their actions and the consequences.”