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    BUILDING CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE

    Work at height can be carried out safely without ‘Shattered Lives’

    Safely maintaining the prestigious Victoria Quarter in Leeds in safety is a tall order with the largest stained glass window in Britain to clean, and several towering Grade II listed facades to conserve within a 76-store retail environment. The Centre is now helping HSE promote the  ‘Shattered Lives Campaign’ in Leeds. The campaign is targeted at seven sectors including the building maintenance.   

    John Bade, Centre Director of the Victoria Quarter, said: “The Victoria Quarter is a unique architectural space, and this brings with it particular challenges – not least of which is the maintenance of nearly 750 square metres of modern stained glass, alongside rich Victorian materials like marble, mosaic, cast/wrought iron, and carved mahogany. However, despite the restrictions of working within a Grade II listed environment, we have found that simple measures really can make a positive difference to workplace safety.”

    HSE Inspector David Craxton was on site on March 19th watching routine cleaning work on the glass and fittings being carried out safely at height using a mobile elevated working platform. He said “Slips, trips and falls are no joking matter. They can result in major injuries, a lifetime of disability, time off work and, in the worst cases, fatalities. HSE wants to raise awareness of how these incidents can happen and how they can be easily avoided by taking common sense actions and precautions”.

    To help businesses take preventive action the HSE launched STEP – an interactive learning package that provides practical guidance to help users tackle slips, trips and falls in their workplace.

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