Thursday 23 April 2015 – Media Release
Canary Wharf Management Wins International Safety Award and Celebrates Recent Health & Safety Successes
Canary Wharf Management Ltd has won a prestigious International Safety Award from the British Safety Council in recognition of its commitment to keeping its workers and workplaces healthy and safe during the 2014 calendar year.
Now in their 57th year, the International Safety Awards seek to celebrate and promote the success of the winning organisations and their employees in maintaining a safe and healthy working environment for all. It also recognises the value that proportionate and sensible management of occupational health and safety risks brings to a company, its people and wider society.
Neal Stone, acting Chief Executive of the British Safety Council said: “On behalf of the Trustees and staff of the British Safety Council we warmly congratulate Canary Wharf Management and its employees on gaining an International Safety Award with merit for 2015. All of those working at the Company have made this award possible, which recognises their commitment to preventing injury and ill health in the workplace.
As further evidence of the Canary Wharf Management’s commitment to health and safety, it has also recently joined the London Ambulance Service’s “Shockingly Easy” campaign and accreditation scheme. The campaign aims to get at least 1,000 defibrillators – which can be used to restart the heart when it has stopped beating, known as a cardiac arrest – across London to save more lives. Canary Wharf Management has installed 37 defibrillators across the offices and retail space on the Canary Wharf Estate to ensure the emergency, life-saving treatment is available to anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest and has also joined the campaign’s accreditation scheme which has been developed to ensure that staff know how to correctly use, store and maintain a defibrillator.
London Ambulance Service Chairman Richard Hunt CBE said: “It’s great to have Canary Wharf Management on board and we urge other organisations to follow suit. Every shop, gym, hotel and office in the capital should have a defibrillator so they’re ready to save a life in London. Around 32 per cent of people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest but, where there is a defibrillator and someone trained to use it, the chance of survival can increase to 80 per cent.”
Phil Tweddle, Co-Managing Director of Canary Wharf Management Ltd said: “We are very proud that the hard work of all of our colleagues has been recognised with the International Safety Award. Here at Canary Wharf, we take health and safety extremely seriously in order to safeguard our staff, tenants and the visitors to the Estate. The award underpins our commitment to health and safety, which includes our recent defibrillator accreditation received from the London Ambulance Service to ensure our staff can save lives.”
For more information on how to get a defibrillator for your organisation and training on how to use it call the Shockingly Easy campaign on 020 7783 2366 or www.londonambulance.nhs.uk/shockinglyeasy.
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About Canary Wharf Group plc:
Canary Wharf Group plc 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, residential and leisure facilities in central London. Over the past two decades, Canary Wharf Group has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business and shopping districts, constructing over 16.4m sq ft of office space. These buildings are now occupied by over 105,000 people. The company has an extensivemixed development pipeline of over 11m sq ft – one of London’s largest – which includes residential for the first time.
Canary Wharf Group’s tenants include some of the world’s leading business organisations from the media, legal, accounting, banking, financial services, technology, energy and transport sectors. The Group has also developed and successfully let over 300 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants to many of Britain’s leading brands. In March 2013, the Group launched its Level39 initiative to attract fintech and smart cities start-ups to Canary Wharf. Level39 is now home to over nearly 170 start-up companies in 80,000 sq ft across three floors at One Canada Square.
The Group’s world-class, year-round arts and events programme offers over 100 diverse events which are performed throughout the Estate. Winner of the 2010 Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards, Canary Wharf Group showcases over 65 pieces of permanent art throughout the Estate, designed and created by more than 50 artists and craftsmen. A regular exhibition programme in the lobby of One Canada Square and in the Jubilee Park adds to the Estate’s cultural and creative offering.
In addition to development on the Canary Wharf Estate, the Group is involved with projects across London. The 20 Fenchurch Street (Walkie Talkie) development in the City of London was completed in late 2014 and is nearly fully let and the Group is also in a joint venture to redevelop the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank.
About the International Safety Awards
The International Labour Organisation estimates that every year over 2.3 million people globally are senselessly killed due to workplace injury and work-related ill health and an estimated 4% of global GDP is lost due to health and safety failure. The International Safety Awards is an annual scheme designed to recognise and reward good health and safety management by organisations of all sizes and sectors around the world during the previous calendar year. 515 organisations won an International Safety Award in 2015.
Organisations answer a series of online questions about their management of occupational health and safety risks at a specific site or business unit which are marked by independent adjudicators. If the application meets the required standard, a pass, merit or – for really exceptional submissions – a distinction is awarded.
The full list of International Safety Award winners for 2015 is at: www.britsafe.org/isa
About the British Safety Council
For more than half a century we’ve been a trusted guide to excellent health, safety and environmental management. We have educated millions of workers and made hundreds of thousands of workplaces safer for everyone. We do this by sharing information, supporting, advising, educating and campaigning. We are a not-for-profit.
We have set out the five steps and the supporting actions we believe are essential to ensure healthy and safe work activities in our manifesto, Working Well – see: www.britsafe.org/manifesto