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22 August 2014
 August 22, 2014
Should paramedics work alone

Should Paramedics Work on Their Own in Difficult Situations?

This past week, the Mail Online reported how a patient died after a lone working paramedic refused to enter the property on her own, fearing for her own safety.

Anthony Offord, 35, collapsed shortly arriving at his friend’s home in Sheffield in April last year and began ‘coughing’ on the floor.

A lone female Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedic arrived at the scene five minutes later, but waited outside the building for 20 minutes until other paramedics arrived.

The article, which can be read in its entirety here, raises many issues about lone working and personal safety. Was the paramedic within

23 July 2014
 July 23, 2014
London Fire Brigade

Avoid ‘Potty’ Incidents Warning from London Fire Brigade

Fire chiefs have revealed the Brigade’s most unusual child rescues to encourage parents to keep an eye on their kids during the summer holidays.

The warning comes as last week, firefighters were called to rescue a child in Bromley with its head stuck in a potty.

The Brigade has spent nearly £240,000* in the last five years rescuing children who accidentally get locked in rooms or get themselves trapped in things.  Examples include  being stuck up a tree, wedged in a statue and trapped under a slide. There were 1,508 incidents involving  young  people getting stuck on or in things during 2013/14, and 8,189 incidents over the last five years.  That’s around five call-outs a day.

In the last five years the Brigade’s crews have been called out to rescue:

A child with its head stuck in a potty in Dulwich last week (July  2014)
A child with

17 July 2014
 July 17, 2014
Drinking in heat

12 Tips for Staying Cool Whilst Working in Hot Weather

As we’re well and truly in the summer months with temperatures this week exceeding 30 degrees Celsius, working in hot, humid conditions are a common fact of life for many people.

Industries such as construction, utilities and agriculture regularly expose workers to hot weather. Couple this with the fact that many of these workers, some of whom work alone, must wear heavy protective apparel on the job, heat-related illnesses are a real threat to their safety and wellbeing.

When working alone outdoors in hot conditions, access to clean drinking water is a serious issue – one that affects health and productivity. Without easy access to fluids, workers can become dehydrated, which is a prime cause of heat illness.

Excessive exposure to a hot work environment can bring about a variety of heat-induced problems. In fact, after just two hours of moderate work, workers may begin to feel the initial stages of heat stress. At its

10 June 2014
 June 10, 2014
Domestic violence poster

Fear in Rise of Domestic Violence During World Cup

This week, the Home Office launches a domestic violence awareness campaign to coincide with the 2014 World Cup.

From early June to mid-July 2014, a poster and online advertising campaign will be used to communicate important messages about the consequences of domestic violence to men aged 18 to 35.

All advertising will direct men to the Respect website and phone helpline for advice and support (0808 802 4040).

Posters will be displayed in male toilets in England and online adverts will be shown around football content during the World Cup 2014 competition.

During the last World Cup, reports to police from women who had been victims of domestic violence by their male partners rose by up to 30 per cent, according to Women’s Aid.

The Home Office’s campaign is just one of many awareness campaigns to be promoted during

29 April 2014
 April 29, 2014
Stay safe whilst abroad

Five Quick Tips for Safe Travel Abroad

Three years ago, Skyguard set up the first and only lone worker personal safety service for International travellers. With 24/7 backup and support across 36 countries, Skyguard International continues to give peace of mind to those who find themselves in unfamiliar places, knowing there’s someone at hand with just a press of a button. Even if you do carry a Skyguard personal alarm, it’s still prudent to take preventative measures to reduce the risk of assault or injury whilst abroad. Here are five simple steps to follow to help keep yourself safe whilst travelling.

Check before you travel. Get a head start on knowing your destination by taking time to research using travel guides or the internet. Check the Foreign Office’s travel advice website for up-to-date information. Ensure you have all the relevant identification documents ready and are insured

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