Safety Campaign Scales New Heights At Canary Wharf

The window cleaners of Britain’s tallest building, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, are backing a national safety campaign aimed at stopping slips, trips and falls in the workplace.

Canary Wharf Management Limited, which manages One Canada Square and contracts Classic Cleaning Services to clean the windows of the 244-metre-high office tower, is lending its support to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) Shattered Lives campaign.

In the Greater London area slips, trips and falls caused three fatalities and 4,987 serious injuries to workers last year and are the most common cause of major workplace injury in Great Britain.

HSE is urging employers and workers to take simple steps to reduce the risk of being injured.

Peter Kyte FRICS, Managing Director of Canary Wharf Management Limited, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canary Wharf Group plc, said: “At Canary Wharf we strive to put safety first, whether we’re constructing buildings or managing them.

“We are conscious of the fact that many accidents in the workplace can be directly related to slips, trips and falls. We do all we can through training to make sure that all workers on the Canary Wharf estate are aware of hazards, and work with them to ensure that they understand the safe preventative measures that can be implemented.”

“Canary Wharf Management Limited supports the HSE in promoting the awareness of slips, trips and falls through their Shattered Lives initiative”

Richard Boland, HSE Construction Operations Manager said:

“Every year thousands of workers across the capital were injured from slips, trips and falls. These incidents might sound funny but they shatter the lives of these workers ever year.”

“Making improvements doesn’t need to cost the earth and we are encouraging people to visit the Shattered Lives website, where they will be able to get simple and cost-effective solutions to help manage slip, trip and fall hazards in their workplace”.

As well as the tragic human cost, preventable slips, trips and falls are having a serious financial impact on the UK. HSE estimates that the combined financial costs incurred by society as a whole is around £800 million a year, at a time when both businesses and individuals are struggling financially following the recession.

In response, HSE has launched a new phase of its Shattered Lives campaign, aimed at reducing slips, trips and falls in the workplace. The hard-hitting campaign involves raising awareness of the impact of slips, trips and falls in the workplace and directing people to the new Shattered Lives website at www.hse.gov.uk/shatteredlives for practical advice and guidance.

The campaign is targeted at those sectors where there are a high number of slips, trips and falls each year. Specifically, health and social care, education, food manufacturing, food retail, catering and hospitality, building and plant maintenance, and construction are being targeted.

On the new campaign website, people will be able to find out information on how they can easily, and cost effectively, reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls in the workplace, and see what other organisations, such as Sainsbury’s and First Line Digital, have done.

Included on the site are online guides to preventing slips and trips, and working safely at height.

Advice ranges from how to deal with spills and other slip risks, to the importance of using ladders correctly to reduce the risk of falling from height.

Notes to editors:

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It works to prevent death, injury and ill-health to those at work and those affected by work activities. For more information about the work of HSE, visit www.hse.gov.uk Reportable major injuries include fractures, other than to fingers, thumbs and toes; amputations; dislocation of the shoulder, hip, knee or spine; loss of sight (temporary or permanent); chemical or hot metal burn to the eye or any penetrating injury to the eye; injury resulting from an electric shock or electrical burn leading to unconsciousness, or requiring resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours; any other injury: leading to hypothermia, heat-induced illness or unconsciousness; or requiring resuscitation; or requiring admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours; and unconsciousness caused by asphyxia or exposure to harmful substance or biological agent. HSE news releases are available at www.hse.gov.uk/press . LACORS (the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services), as part of the LGA Group, supports HSE’s Shattered Lives campaign and councils will be communicating its messages to businesses and organisations they deal with. LACORS is the local government central body responsible for overseeing local authority regulatory and related services in the UK it operates in partnership with HSE to ensure that duty holders manage their workplaces with due regard to the health and safety of their workforce and those affected by their work activities. To achieve this, local authorities, as with HSE, provide advice and guidance on what the law requires, conduct inspections and investigations, and take enforcement action where appropriate. About Canary Wharf Management Limited

Canary Wharf Management Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG). It manages over four million square feet of Grade A office space and approximately 600,000 square feet of retail space, along with the external space at the 97 acre Canary Wharf Estate in East London.

CWG is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. It is focused on the design, construction, leasing and management of Grade A office space and high quality retail and leisure facilities.

Over the past 20 years CWG has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business districts, constructing over 15 million sq ft of office and retail space – more than any other company in London.

Canary Wharf is home to some of the world’s leading business organisations, including in the professional services; media, law, energy, financial services and transport sectors. It is also home to over 200 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants – including many of Britain’s leading brands. The working population is approximately 93,000.

The Estate includes 20 acres of landscaped parks and plazas. Canary Wharf hosts over 180 events a year and has one of the UK’s largest collections of public art.

As at 30 June 2009 the Canary Wharf Group investment portfolio was 97.7% let. The weighed average unexpired lease length was 16.9 years.

CWG was named one of the Sunday Times Best 60 Green Companies in the UK in 2009.

Canary Wharf is set for further expansion. In 2009, CWG commenced work on the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station and has continued work on a new European Headquarters for J.P. Morgan. The opening by KPMG, State Street and Fitch Ratings of new office buildings on the Estate in 2009 and 2010 will also bring thousands of new workers to Canary Wharf on a daily basis. www.canarywharf.com