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26 November 2012
 November 26, 2012
Lone Worker Safety

Skyguard for Smartphone Application Featured at Lone Worker Safety 2012

Skyguard will be showcasing their new Smartphone application for Android phones at Lone Worker Safety 2012.

The conference, which focuses on lone worker safety, provides essential information to delegates to improve the personal safety of lone workers and help reduce the risk of workplace violence.

As Europe’s premier personal safety service, Skyguard will be exhibiting our extensive range of exclusive solutions, including the MySOS. In addition to the popular dedicated personal alarm, we will also be demonstrating our all-new ‘Skyguard for Smartphone’ solution – a downloadable application for Android, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile phones.

We’ll be on hand to answer any questions you may have about our service and explain how we can help protect lone working professionals and fulfil employer’s

19 November 2012
 November 19, 2012
Skyguard for Smartphone News Story

Skyguard Launches Lone Worker Personal Safety Application for Android Smartphones

Skyguard have just launched an Android version of our popular mobile phone software solution – an instant downloadable application which transforms smartphones into fully functioning personal safety alarms.

The Android app allows users to raise an alarm at the touch of a button, wherever… whenever, without the need to carry a dedicated personal safety device.

Simply by pressing a single button on the user’s mobile or activating the touch screen, the software will send their GPS location and identity, as well as making a voice call, to our UK based, 24/7 manned Incident Management Centre (IMC). Action will be taken within seconds by Controllers to assess the incident and follow the user’s bespoke emergency procedures.

Skyguard’s CEO, James Murray said, “With the success of our BlackBerry software solution coupled with the

14 November 2012
 November 14, 2012
Man on BlackBerry Personal Safety App

Is it Enough to Provide a Lone Worker with a Mobile Phone?

It’s a good question. Can businesses providing lone working employees with just a mobile phone be compliant with their Duty of Care? Well… it depends.

The past couple of years have seen changes to health and safety legislation with regards to lone workers. Companies and their directors can be prosecuted under the new Corporate Manslaughter Act as well as the recent introduction of the HSE’s Fee for Intervention – a cost recovery scheme making organisations liable for HSE-related costs for accident investigation, inspection and enforcement actions.

In the worst case scenario of a lone worker suffering injury or even death without having appropriate risk-reduction measures in place, it’s highly likely that their employers will face prosecution, leading to crippling costs, fines and a tarnishing of reputations.

Measures are in place to help mitigate risk. Solutions that are accredited to BS 8484

9 November 2012
 November 9, 2012
Company fined for employee injured at work

Fourth Company Charged Under the Corporate Manslaughter Act

This past week, another company has been charged by The Crown Prosecution Service with corporate manslaughter in relation to a death which occurred two years ago.

Grzegorz Pieton died in July 2010 from an electric shock, caused when the metal hydraulic-lift trailer he was towing touched an overhead power line.

The incident occurred at Belmont flower nursery, which is run by PS & JE Ward Ltd, based in King’s Lynn.

Belmont Nursery becomes the fourth company to face charges under the Act since it came into effect in 2007. The act enables prosecution of companies and organisations who breach their Duty of Care to employees and contractors.

The company’s representatives are set to appear in court on 23 November. Belmont Nursery is the third company the Crown Prosecution Service has charged with corporate manslaughter since its inception. All three previous companies faced charges in the past year

31 October 2012
 October 31, 2012
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Twitter Watch

Things we’ve noticed on Twitter this week. Here’s a selection of interesting and informative tweets from the past week that we wish to share with you. If you’ve noticed any interesting tweets that you wish to share with us, please let us know by leaving a comment.

 

ActiveSafetyNetwork
@Active_Safety
Bonfire night – organise for your rubbish to be collected before the weekend to reduce the risk of arson.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20068722

BBC Click ‏
@BBCClick
Predicting crime – is it a step towards a safer world?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20068722

West Midlands Police ‏
@WMPolice
For more mobile phone crime prevention advice, please visit our dedicated webpage here:
http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/crime-reduction/smart-phones/

IOSH
‏@IOSH_tweets
This guy

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