Working in the Utilities industry poses many risks for your lone working staff. Engineers work with dangerous elements or hazardous materials often for extended periods of time and on their own. Though skilled in their professions, accidents can and do happen… and in the event of an incident, lone workers may find themselves isolated when they need help the most.
Notwithstanding the impact to your staff, there’s also a cost to your business should an accident leading to injury or death occur. The consequences of corporate health and safety failings have become even more serious thanks to new Health and Safety Guidelines that recently came into effect.
Under stringent legislation, companies can face fines of up £20 million, or even more for larger organisations and this is sending a clear message to businesses that health and safety must be prioritised, with more of a focus on people, including lone workers.
Lone working Engineers such as those with British Gas. The UK’s largest energy and home services company use Skyguard’s MySOS personal safety devices to enable them to call for backup and support should they require help.
How about TalkTalk? The UK’s leading value for money provider of broadband, mobile and TV services turned to Skyguard to protect their Field Engineers whilst working alone and out of hours.
Water suppliers, such as Sutton and East Surrey Water also utilise Skyguard for similar reasons. Each year in the Water supply and Waste sectors alone, 2% of the workforce sustain a work-related injury. This equates to around 6,000 workers injured per annum.
Almost 70% of specified injuries in the water and waste sector are due to either slips, trips or falls, a fall from a height or struck by an object.
Should a user be knocked unconscious and unable to manually raise the alarm, a ‘Mandown’ sensor within the device will activate. Controllers at Skyguard’s 24/7 manned Incident Management Centre will be immediately alerted to a potential problem. Using their vast experience, they will, if necessary, directly contact the local police control room, bypassing the 999 service for a quicker response. They’ll take the right course of action to ensure your employee gets the help they need – fast!
The small keyfob-shaped device also features two-way voice communications, GPS location technology, one button alarm activation as well as a host of other features designed specifically for the lone worker. That’s why the leading names across all sectors trust and use Skyguard on a daily basis.
Accidents do occur and whilst Skyguard cannot prevent these, we empower your employees with a vital lifeline when faced with a critical situation.
Find out more about Skyguard’s MySOS Mandown Lone Worker Alarm or for a 30 day free trial, click here.
“It’s a real challenge when your Engineers are threatened whilst investigating tampered meters. Thankfully, the 24/7 service that Skyguard provides goes a long way in protecting our workers and ensuring they’re safe.”
“It’s simple and easy to use, plus it gives staff the feeling of security. If a system is difficult then staff just won’t use it. Just by having it on their person makes them feel more confident.”
“Skyguard enables me to observe the service usage online at any time. Plus, I can easily swap devices between users at the click of a mouse… it’s so easy. All in all, it’s complete peace of mind that our Engineers have protection when out working.”