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April 28, 2009

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Charity fundraising initiative raises health and safety standards

Skanska UK has successfully reduced workplace accidents since introducing the Mencap Health and Safety Challenge three years ago. As an incentive for staff to report hazards and help make the workplace safer, Skanska donates at least £1 for every near-miss accident report card it receives, and a further £500 for every accident eliminated. This initiative has meant Skanska staff have raised more than £100,000 for Mencap, helping people with a learning disability lead a more fulfilling life.Brian Van Campenhout, Skanska Associate Assurance Director, commented: “Everyone at Skanska has got behind the Mencap Health and Safety Challenge, and it really has reduced accident rates and creates a safer working environment. It’s been a timely and cost-saving endeavour, and the fact that we can do this as well as raise money for Mencap to support people with a learning disability is great. We are delighted to be involved in a scheme where everyone wins.”It’s a very simple idea designed by Mencap as a corporate fundraising initiative. Employees are asked to report and remove hazards that could lead to lost-time injuries. For every hazard reported and removed the company saves money from a potential accident, and donates it to the charity.Mencap works closely with companies to ensure the scheme is tailored to individual needs, such as such as designing promotional posters, organising road-shows and working with the company’s existing reporting procedures to measure the success of the scheme. To find out more, visit or call
020 7696 6973.

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