Health & Safety is very important to SEGRO and remains a top priority for us, we take our responsibilities to our employees, customers, suppliers and visitors seriously.
Our continuing aim is to embed health and safety within the culture of all employees, as well as through influencing our supply chain. We do this by managing risks through tighter controls, training and safety management procedures which are in operation across the Group.
Monthly reporting is provided to the Chief Operating Officer, Operations and Executive Committee and the Board on health and safety performance.
In 2014, with SEGRO’s increased construction activities, a clear focus was made to further engage and develop relationships with our supply chain to ensure health and safety remains a top priority. This has involved a series of interactive workshops involving our internal teams and external suppliers across the Group.
A key risk is working at height in both construction and maintenance activities. A bespoke training course was developed and delivered to operational employees to raise their awareness and enable them to challenge any potentially unsafe working at height whilst out on site. SEGRO assisted the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) in completing a very successful Estates Excellence initiative at Park Royal, West London, involving over 1,000 businesses. SEGRO arranged the use of one of its buildings to host free health and safety training to more than 130 people.
SEGRO signed up to the Department of Health’s Public Health Responsibility Deal for the Construction and Civil Engineering Industries in October 2013. Since then, SEGRO has been working to deliver the aims of this pledge through our elected SEQOHS (Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service) provider to develop a programme to provide all employees with access to Occupational Health Services to reduce the occurrences of work related ill-health and ensuring that those with health problems do not place themselves or others at risk.
SEGRO attained a RoSPA Gold Award for the third year running demonstrating both our commitment and practical application of good health and safety procedures across all our business operations. These awards are based upon specified occupational health and safety performance criteria. Gold is the top achievement award.
In 2014, our Accident Frequency Rate for SEGRO employees was 0.19 (2012 and 2013: zero). There were no health and safety prosecutions, enforcement actions or fatalities in 2014.