The holidays are a time for sharing merriment both at home and in the office. However, after-hours parties and prolonged workplace closures over a holiday break can create unforeseen risks.

A commercial kitchen is filled with possibilities for delicious creations – and potential fire hazards. At Wynward, we help our clients safeguard against all avoidable risk.

The world is full of interesting buildings that seem to defy physics as they embody the imagination of the brilliant architects who created them.

However, any builder or contractor can tell you that physics are very much a part of the equation. At Wynward, we appreciate the hard work and fine attention to detail that went into some of the world’s most ambitious architectural designs.

Lloyds of London BuildingLloyd’s of London Building
(London, England)

Richard Rogers won a competition to design the new Lloyd’s of London building in 1978. His design was truly innovative: the elevators, staircases, electrical conduits and water pipes were positioned on the outside, leaving an open-concept inner space. This concept earned the structure the nickname “The Inside-Out Building”. Construction of the Lloyd’s building took 8 years and used 33,510 cubic metres of concrete, 30,000 square metres of stainless steel cladding and 12,000 square metres of glass.

Burj Al ArabBurj Al Arab
(Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Burj Al Arab is unofficially known as “the world’s only 7-star hotel”, and owes much of its status to its stunning architectural design and opulent features. The building, created to resemble a sail, is the world’s third-tallest hotel at 321 metres, and has become an iconic feature in Dubai’s skyline. The foundation of the structure is particularly noteworthy: the hotel rests on an artificial island that juts into the waterfront, held in place by 230 forty-metre-long concrete piles driven into the sand.

FallingwaterFallingwater House
(Pennsylvania, USA)

Fallingwater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1937, was originally built as a residence for the Kaufmann family. Today, it is one of Wright’s most famous buildings and is open for public tours. The plot of land included a waterfall and didn’t lend itself to the construction of a large family home, so a cantilevered concept was used to address the unique structural challenges.

Petronas TowersPetronas Twin Towers
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

The 88-storey Petronas Towers have the distinction of being the tallest twin structure in the world. Because of the soft bedrock beneath the building site, the Petronas towers were created with the world’s deepest foundations: 104 concrete piles ranging from 60 to 114 metres were put into the ground to keep the structures stable. The towers were also created using ultra-strong reinforced concrete, due to the high cost of importing stainless steel.

Winchester Mystery HouseWinchester Mystery House
(California, USA)

The Winchester Mystery House is a famous example of what happens when a contractor’s work is never quite done. Sarah Winchester, widow of the inventor of the Winchester Rifle, believed her home to be inhabited by many restless spirits. Without any master architectural plan, Sarah commissioned a seemingly endless series of additions and constructions to the building, reportedly to appease the spirits that inhabited her home.

From the tallest tower to the humblest single family home, good design, planning and insurance is always critical to a building’s success. Wynward Insurance offers a Contractor’s product that will keep your projects safe and moving forward, to protect your business and your clients’ interests.

Wynward Insurance. Building on Success.

We always hope for the best, but it’s prudent to be prepared for the worst. At Wynward, we understand that disasters can strike at any time; therefore, preparation is your best weapon against loss.

Consult this handy list to make sure your workplace is ready to react in an emergency.

  1. Appoint a Safety Officer
    Elect one member of the team to take charge on safety issues in your organization. He/she can plan regular training updates/refreshers, maintain and update the emergency plan, distribute materials and perform workplace safety audits.
  2. Have a plan
    Compose a specific plan for all employees in the case of an emergency. Keep this up-to-date and in a place that’s easily accessible by all staff.
  3. Regularly inspect alarm systems and sprinklers
    Be sure that all fire suppression systems are up to code, and tested regularly by a trained technician.
  4. Do the “VIE” test for fire extinguishers
    Visible: Ensure that fire extinguishers are clearly visible, accessible, with signs posted indicating their location.
    Inspected: Check the unit for signs of damage, defects or corrosion. Make sure the pressure gauge is in the “green” zone. Check the nozzle for cracks, defects or obstruction.
    Every month: Perform a check every month and mark the date of the inspection on the fire extinguisher tag.
  5. Keep lists
    Develop a list of potential workplace hazards, and prioritize them based on probability: high, medium, low. Develop a list of these hazards and the preventive measures that will be taken for each one.
    Make a list of phone numbers for key staff, local emergency responders and resources that should be called in an emergency. Keep these near a phone in a centralized area.
  6. Perform regular workplace audits
    Tour your office or facility regularly, taking note of changes and new potential hazards. Work these into your office safety plan and provide updates to staff on a regular basis.

 We are more than just insurance.

 

Winnipeg: James Richardson & Sons, Limited (“JRSL”) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Parrish & Heimbecker, Paterson Global Foods and Cargill Ltd. to acquire their ownership interest in Wynward Insurance Group.

The transaction will provide JRSL and Richardson International with 100% ownership of Wynward. Previous to the transaction, Richardson International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JRSL, owned 55% of Wynward and was the Company’s largest shareholder.

“We are proud of our long history and association with P&H, Paterson Global and Cargill”, stated Hartley Richardson, President & Chief Executive Officer of James Richardson & Sons, Limited. “Over the past four years, Wynward has entered a new phase of growth, with a renewed business strategy, a talented and energetic leadership team and improved operating fundamentals. We believe our 100% ownership of Wynward will provide increased opportunities in the markets Wynward serves across Canada.”

Richardson continued: “Our Firm’s involvement in the insurance business dates back to 1870 through an agency contract with the Royal Exchange., We were also a charter member of the Grain Insurance and Guarantee Company which began in 1920 and over the years we have been involved in a number of insurance businesses. The timing was right to execute a transaction that benefits all four companies and their shareholders. Today’s announcement is a major milestone for Wynward, and we look forward to our alliance with an industry leader in growth, profitability and community engagement.”

Darryl Levy, President & Chief Executive Officer of Wynward, said: “We are excited to become part of the James Richardson & Sons organization, which is highly regarded as one of the most prominent privately held companies in Canada. Our two companies have had a long and successful partnership and Wynward has grown into an innovative market leader with great momentum. The transition to new ownership is seamless for our customers, brokers and Wynward employees across Canada.”

Levy concluded: “Our new ownership structure provides us with another opportunity to build upon our unique customer value proposition, reinforces our commitment to the broker channel, and enhances our competitive position in a very dynamic market."

About Wynward Insurance Group
Founded in 1920 as a joint venture of prairie grain elevator owners and originally named Grain Insurance & Guarantee, the Company rebranded in May of 2013 to Wynward Insurance Group. With a focus on Commercial Property & Liability, the Company insures over 34,000 policy holders and over $40 Billion in property assets across Canada.

Wynward Insurance Group operates from coast to coast, with regional offices throughout Canada. Headquartered in Winnipeg, the Company has been recognized for the last two consecutive years as one of Canada’s Top 100 small to medium employers and has an “A (Excellent)” financial strength rating from A.M. Best.

For more information about Wynward Insurance Group, visit www.wynward.com

About James Richardson & Sons, Limited
James Richardson & Sons, Limited, established in 1857, is a private family-owned and operated Canadian corporation. Headquartered in Winnipeg, the Firm is involved in the international grain trade and agri-food business, energy, real estate, financial services and investments.

For more information, visit www.jrsl.ca