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5 July 2017
 July 5, 2017
Using Snap Map safely

Can Snapchat’s New Snap Map Feature Help Keep You Safe?

Popular photo messaging app, Snapchat has recently launched a brand-new feature, Snap Map, that lets users share their location with friends and online contacts. Although many have raised obvious privacy and security concerns surrounding this, could Snap Map actually help to make its users safer?
What is Snap Map and how does it work?
Firstly, let’s take a look in more detail at what Snap Map does. Users can mark where they are on a map and post videos from their location to show their friends what they’re up to. The idea is that people can see what their friends are doing so they can keep in touch and meet up.

Of course, the flipside to this that people may not want others, or certain individuals to see where they are and turn up unexpectedly. It’s not hard to imagine the difficult scenarios this could create socially, but much worse is what could happen if this information fell into the hands of someone who wanted to do harm.
Safety issues associated with sharing location information online

4 July 2017
 July 4, 2017
Construction Worker 1

Ten Top Safety Tips for Construction Workers

Those who work in construction find themselves in one of the most dangerous industries for accidents and injuries.

Due to the nature of  work being carried out they are more inclined to encounter injuries than other types of workers. In figures just released this week, the HSE reported that the most fatalities occurred in the Construction industry with 30 deaths in the past year alone. Although these are extreme examples, the sector suffers a higher accident rate than any other. Some accidents are more serious than others however it is important to protect yourself from any form of injury at the workplace.

We have assembled ten key tips on how you can help to avoid accidents as a construction worker.
1) Always wear the appropriate clothing
Although it may seem inevitable that a construction worker must wear the appropriate clothing when performing any form of building work, many incidents do occur due to a lack of protective apparel. Ultimately, what you wear whilst working is going to act as the biggest barrier to an injury due to the nature of

25 May 2017
 May 25, 2017
Secret emergency codes used

5 Secret Codes Used to Alert Employees of Emergency Without Alarming the Public

Have you ever witnessed a strange message issued over a public tannoy or heard coded phrases being spoken by a security person and wondered exactly what it all meant?

In times of increased security, the use of coded announcements is nothing new. Emergency codes are inconspicuous words and phrases that are often used in public areas to alert those in charge, of possible danger. This allows staff to control an emerging situation, so they can investigate further and put emergency plans into action without causing mass panic.

Failing to do this can make matters worse, as was the case in 1913 when 73 people tragically died after a stampede at the Italian Hall in Michigan, which was caused by someone falsely shouting that the building was on fire.

Keeping people safe and carrying out controlled evacuations is a priority in an emergency. Here’s an insight into some of the secret code words used to indicate a variety of threats.
Inspector Sands
Often heard as: “Could Inspector Sands please report to the…”

Means: There is a fire

Inspector

12 May 2017
 May 12, 2017
Fines for corporate manslaughter saw a big increase in 2016

Sharp Rise in Health and Safety Fines

Fines issued in relation to health and safety breaches have seen a 148% increase in the past year according to law firm BLM.

The average cost of payouts has risen threefold from £69,500 in 2015 to a staggering £211,000 over the last 12 months. Its estimated that UK companies were forced to cough up a total of around £6.1m in 2016, for failing to comply with corporate safety legislation.

Industries that are the worst offenders unsurprisingly include Construction, which racked up £14m in fines, followed by Manufacturing with £12m. Utilities came in third at £8.4m, with Leisure (£7.4m), Logistics and Transport (£7.2m), Industrials (£3.9m) and finally the Public Sector which received fines totaling £2.6m.

Experts have suggested tougher guidelines introduced recently as part of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (2007), have been a major contributor in the rise, as the number of incidents has in fact fallen from 358 in 2015 to 292 the previous year.

Under the new ruling, courts must consider a number of factors including overall culpability

25 April 2017
 April 25, 2017
National Stalking Awareness Week 2017

Stalkers Unlikely to be Jailed for Breaching Restraining Orders

Figures published by the Ministry of Justice show that many offenders convicted of stalking or harassment are escaping prison sentences for repeatedly breaking the terms of their restraining orders.

Of the 23,057 court orders issued in England and Wales during 2015, over a third of these were breached. Failure to obey the conditions set out can result in a custodial sentence of up to five-years, although the number of offenders prosecuted expose that this is often not the case. Shockingly, 60% of those who breached their restraining orders for a second time avoided being sent to prison, with the number being 49% for a third successive breach and 38% for a fourth. Experts have put the reason for such a high breach rate down to the obsessive nature of stalker behaviour.

This news has been met with concern by victim support groups who believe unless firm action is taken, many victims’ lives could be at risk. Failure to act could result in more serious offences such as assault, rape or even murder. Indeed, a recent study conducted by

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