A volunteer had a lucky escape when he became lost on the North York Moors whilst working alone.
The man was undertaking a wildlife survey when he took a shortcut and struggled to find his way back. To make matters worse, his phone battery quickly went flat leaving him with no means to navigate.
Fortunately the man had been able to alert the police that he was lost before his phone died. They contacted the National Park Authority although they were unable to pinpoint his location.
Covering 554 square miles, the North York Moors National Park is one of the most remote parts of Yorkshire and the North East.
The volunteer had followed lone working ‘buddy’ procedures correctly and given his whereabouts to a family member at home. However, in a stroke of bad luck they’d gone out and left their mobile phone indoors and could not be contacted.
Eventually the worker was able to find his car and let others know he was safe, but things could easily have turned out differently. This highlights the dangers of working
When entering another person’s home in a professional capacity, your personal safety must always be your top priority.
Nurses, social workers, housing officers, delivery drivers, carers and maintenance staff are just a few of the roles where home visits are commonplace. However, despite being part and parcel of many people’s everyday jobs, this can potentially expose employees to risk.
Why do home visits carry higher risk?
Quite simply when you are in somebody else’s home this puts them in a position of control. This perception can alter the way you behave and put you on the back foot to start with. In certain circumstances you may be more likely to agree with somebody else or behave in a submissive way. In an unfamiliar environment you might not be aware of the dangers or even how to get away in a hurry if you need to.
The nature of some roles may also have a higher probable risk associated, for example a nurse that visits mental health patients in the community or a housing officer that deals with
Three quarters of retailers are said to have expressed concern over the response to incidents, as it’s claimed that police forces are under significant pressure to deal with rising crime levels.
A report by The Home Affairs Committee, entitled ‘Policing for the Future’ outlined the demands on modern police forces, suggested that falling staff numbers coupled with an increased level of crime is making it harder to offer communities the protection they need.
It stated that recorded crimes, including robbery and theft have climbed 32% in the last three years – a sharp increase, whilst charges fell by over a quarter as neighbourhood policing has been cut.
Retailers are feeling the impact of rising crime, as The Association of Convenience Stores Crime Report shows that incidents in the sector have almost doubled in the past year to 950,000.
At the same time around 82% of retail employers are also concerned about the consistency of the response from police, with 73% dissatisfied by the time taken to respond to incidents.
Increasing Threat of Violence
Violent crime is a particular worry
Today is National Personal Safety Day, an annual event that aims to raise awareness of the simple ways we can all avoid violence and stay safe.
Organised by The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, this year highlights issues relating to personal safety in the workplace, focusing on the retail sector. Released today, a survey conducted by the Trust shows that 66% of the people surveyed had experienced violence or aggression in the workplace and the results highlight a clear need for employers to do more to help their staff feel and be safer.
A survey of NHS workers in England found that over 15% of staff have experienced violence in the past year, with one in seven employees on the receiving end of attacks from patients, relatives and the general public – the highest level in 5 years.
This news comes as Health Secretary, Matt Hancock is set to introduce his NHS Violence Reduction Strategy, a new initiative to tackle the issue of abuse towards medical staff.
Promising a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to violence, Mr Hancock said: “NHS staff dedicate their lives to protecting and caring for us in our times of greatest need and for any one of them to be subject to aggression or violence is completely unacceptable.”
Too often our hardworking NHS staff are subjected to violence & aggression at work. It’s unacceptable. Our first ever NHS Violence Reduction Strategy will tackle this head-on https://t.co/JnRHBb6a9b
— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) October 31, 2018