Pembrokeshire College carpentry learners recently paid their respects to International Workers Memorial Day. Working in collaboration with Unison at the Pembrokeshire County Branch, learners designed and constructed a disabled access picnic bench which was later donated to residents and staff at Bangeston Hall in Pembroke Dock.
Up to 50,000 people die each year in the UK from work-related ill health and accidents. Although few UNISON members die in workplace incidents, many suffer injuries and
work-related ill health problems.
Learners worked together to design a bench constructed from hardwood that allowed disabled friendly access for all to enjoy. Tutor Neil Harries, said; “The UNISON bench was a fantastic opportunity for students to work with a high-quality hardwood (iroko). They soon noticed the difference in weight and grain structure, we hope to repeat this next year with different students.”
Level three Joinery learner, William Churchill said: “I really enjoyed working on this wheelchair friendly bench. Most of the training tasks we do in College end up being recycled, and it was great to make a lovely hardwood product which will be enjoyed for many years.”
The second largest trade union in the United Kingdom with approximately 1.3 million active members, UNISON provides support to members on work related issues, including protection and representation at work, help with pay and conditions of service and legal advice.
This is the second year that College learners have been involved in creating a bench as part of International Workers Memorial Day and the carpentry department are looking forward to taking part again next year.