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Goggles for Guide Dogs 2008

For the sixth year running, an innovative campaign by St George aimed at drastically reducing both minor and serious eye injuries takes place to help raise money for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. On 30th July all site operatives working on St George developments were invited to make a donation to the charity in return for protective eyewear and a leaflet on about eye safety.

Goggles for Guide DogsThe campaign, Goggles for Guide Dogs, has now raised over £12,000 for Guide Dogs since it began. It is also expected to play a significant role in reducing the risk of eye accidents that occur both in the construction industry and among DIY enthusiasts every year.

Support this year was from Greenham, leaders in the provision of Personal Protection Equipment, who were able to secure generous contributions from Bolle, who donated thousands of pairs of eye safety specs. Alec Brown from Guide Dogs for the Blind said,

“Educating people about the need to wear eye protection to reduce the amount of accidents resulting in sight loss in the construction industry and amongst DIY enthusiasts is of such great importance. We are extremely thankful to St George for educating people about eye safety, for encouraging them to ensure they are suitably protected against potential eye damage – and in doing so, raising vital funds for Guide Dogs. The money raised will enable the charity to train more guide dogs to provide a life-transforming level of independence and freedom of mobility for more blind and partially sighted people.”

St George prides itself on having a dedicated health and safety management team which enforces strict regulations, in order to protect the safety of all its staff, and as such has resulted in an overall improvement in safety on all its sites. Earlier this year a milestone was reached as St George PLC celebrated 5 million safe working hours, a level of performance which is far above the normal Construction Industry level, making it a remarkable achievement.

Ian Dobie, Managing Director for St George West London Ltd commented: ‘The whole campaign has been extremely well received since we initiated it six years ago. Everyone who works on our sites across London is aware of how seriously we take Health and Safety issues. Working with such a great organisation as the The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is a win win situation which makes sure we get the message of eye safety across to our staff and contractors whilst raising funds for this important charity.’

St George has always placed Health and Safety at the top of its agenda and this was recognised at the recent RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Awards as it was granted the Highly Commended Award within the Housebuilding & Property Development Sector.