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19 November 2015
 November 19, 2015
Robber

Crimes Against Business – Safeguarding the Retail Sector

Figures released in the 2015 British Crime Survey include some alarming statistics based on Commercial Victimisation. According to the findings, the wholesale and retail sector is one of the worst hit, with an estimated 4,123,000 crimes against businesses within a 365 day period; equating to 41% of all retail organisations within the sector.

This poses the question as to whether our retail staff are safe when performing their everyday tasks? What protection, if any, is put in place to protect their wellbeing? Can it be argued whether it is safe for them to be on a shop floor, opening up, locking up and carrying cash alone?

According to a 2015 report published by USDAW (Union of Shop Distributive, and Allied Workers) over half of shop workers were verbally abused in the last year, with more than 10% on a weekly or daily basis. John Hannett, USDAW General Secretary states: “All too often shop workers encounter violence, threats and abuse for simply doing their job. There is the additional concern of Black Friday in November.”

An earlier USDAW report

3 November 2015
 November 3, 2015
Subway

Stories We Noticed This Week

Lone working by its very nature is inherently more dangerous, solely for the fact that there’s no immediate help at hand should something go wrong. The diverse nature of what can go awry when undertaking daily tasks whilst working alone were highlighted in a couple of stories that we came across this week.

 
Subway store fined over £6,000 after lone worker trapped in chiller overnight
 

A Subway store was fined more than £6,000 after a lone worker became trapped in a chiller overnight. 20 year old Karlee Daubeney was working alone when closing up for the night. It was during this time that she became trapped.

When she realised no one would be coming to her aid she tried to get help with her SOS message in ketchup – hoping it would be spotted on CCTV by security staff. However, the cry for help was not seen and she remained trapped in the store in the centre until the following morning when staff came to open up for the day.

The franchise responsible for the store

28 October 2015
 October 28, 2015
NHS Assault and Attacks

Work Related Injury/Illness, Key Statistics

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently released figures for work related injury and illness throughout 2014/15.

The key findings were as follows:

1. 1.2 million workers suffered work-related illness

2. 142 workers were killed at work

3. There were a reported 76,000 other injuries to employees, according to RIDDOR

4. According to the Labour Force Survey, there was a total of 611,000 injuries occurred in the workplace

5. 27.3 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and injury

6. The estimated cost of injuries and ill-health from working conditions totalled a staggering £14.3 billion.

Despite Great Britain remaining one of the safest places to work in Europe and the slight improvement on last year’s statistics; the findings are still alarming.

To focus on just one example, a recent report revealed that NHS Grampian had suffered an extreme number of assaults on employees, more than any other

16 October 2015
 October 16, 2015
Lone working social worker assautled

Lone Worker ‘racially abused and attacked’ during Client Visit

Earlier this week, it was reported by The Liverpool Echo that a lone working social worker was ‘racially abused and attacked’ during a home visit in Runcorn.

The social worker was visiting a client’s home in Halton Borough Council when the violent incident occurred. It was reported that the social worker was racially abused and attacked with weapons, including a carvery fork. Upon leaving the premises, he also found his car had been vandalised. The service user was later charged with racially aggravated offences.

According to the report, verbal attacks are also a concern in the area with the incident rate doubling throughout 2015 compared to 2014, which again had risen from 2013. Verbal attacks are equally as distressing for lone workers and shouldn’t go unheard.

Since the attack in Halton, it has been recommended that staff be involved in reviewing the council’s lone working systems in an effort to implement safer ways of working.

When is it ok to work alone?

It can be debated whether or not it was appropriate for the social

14 October 2015
 October 14, 2015
fireworks

Safety First on Firework Night

For some, the approach of Halloween and Bonfire Night is one of the most thrilling times of the year – not so much so for the faint-hearted.

Amongst the excitement, it is important to ensure you remain safe. It may seem obvious to take precautions when putting on a firework display, but it’s always useful to refresh your memory- after all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Here are some tips courtesy of the Mail Online for a safe Bonfire night:

1) Never go back to a lit firework – even if it hasn’t gone off it could still explode.

2) Keep a bucket of water nearby.

3) Use a torch to read the instructions on the back of each firework – never a naked flame.

4) Light fireworks at arm’s length using a good quality lighter.

5) Ensure that your fireworks are appropriate for your garden size and are up to British standards. Just like Skyguard is accredited to BS 8484, make sure your

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