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Health and safety was paramount as primary three pupils from Dalintober donned high-vis jackets, safety glasses and ear protectors for a guided tour of the CS Wind site at Machrihanish.
Class teacher, Lindsay Brodie, a former employee at CS Wind, organised the children to tour the factory site accompanied by Ciaran Norris, additional support needs assistant and, Joan Crooks, volunteer.
CS Wind staff David McCallum, project manager; Stuart McTaggart, health and safety manager, Lesley Black, sales and marketing manager and Alison Kelly finance and accounting assistant, explained the wind tower construction process and associated roles, from the arrival of the sheets of steel to finished wind towers.
The magnitude of the towers and the monster-sized machines added to the pupil’s excitement, and a brief, hushed glimpse of a nest of oystercatcher eggs among the stones added nature’s showpiece to a memorable tour.
The busy question and answer session which followed impressed CS staff with the children’s insightful questions.
It showed how much the tour had captivated them. Free ‘goody-bags’ with CS Wind souvenirs added to the day’s enjoyment.
The tour meant missing break time, usually a highlight in the school day, but the smiling pupils agreed that the visit to CS Wind was ‘better than playtime’, with some saying: ‘I want to work here when I grow up.’