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As part of its ongoing commitment to ensuring the safety of its live construction sites, award winning retirement developer, McCarthy and Stone, staged a mock rescue at its new Cleethorpes development last week.

Organised in partnership with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, the training exercise provided fire fighters with a real-life rescue scenario involving one of the site’s tower cranes.

The crane had been erected to mark the start of construction at the site – a development of 40 luxury one and two bedroom Retirement Living apartments located on Taylors Avenue and designed exclusively for the over 60s.

[Pictured is SM Rich Gibson with Senior Site Manager Mick Pilling of McCarthy & Stone]

The rescue was carried out by Red Watch Peaks Lane Friday on 26 February 2016, with a call made at 2.00pm for the requirement of emergency rescue services to attend the site. Utilising a ‘dummy’ victim in the crane operating cabin, the team undertook a full rescue operation involving a stretcher, and for training purposes, treated the exercise as a real life emergency situation.

Peaks Lane Crew Manager Steven Smith, who organised the exercise was pleased with the opportunity to train at a working construction site:

“With construction now underway on the new development in Cleethorpes, as the local Fire and Rescue team we need to ensure that we can act quickly to secure the safety of workers onsite in the unlikely event that a rescue situation arises during construction.

“Mock rescue activities such as the crane exercise are incredibly valuable, providing the team with an opportunity to practice a rescue in a real life setting, yet with the support of being in a safe and controlled environment. We’d like to thank McCarthy and Stone for facilitating the session, which was not only a success, but highlighted some key learnings for us.”

Liz Green, Regional Sales and Marketing Director at McCarthy and Stone North East, was equally delighted with the exercise:

“McCarthy and Stone is dedicated to ensuring health and safety on site as part of our ongoing commitment to five star service and quality. Supporting the training of local emergency service teams is of upmost importance to ensuring the safety of our site workers, and we’re pleased that we could assist in facilitating the successful mock rescue exercise at Maritime Court. “