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27 September 2017
 September 27, 2017
retail sector

The Retail Sector –How to Avoid Danger at the Workplace

Figures released from the Office for National Statistics Crime Survey 2016/17 revealed some alarming figures regarding the retail sector within the UK. According to the findings, in 2016, the retail sector experienced the highest level of crime, an estimated 5.2 million incidents within the year.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) statistics show that one shop worker is attacked or threatened every minute of the shopping day in the UK. Alongside verbal threats and violence that retail workers face, the survey revealed that in 2016/17 customer theft remained the most common type of crime, accounting for 75% of crime by incidents and 66% of the direct cost of retail crime (£438m).

Retail is considered a significantly large industry sector in the United Kingdom. Thus, there are many occupations that fall within this field. The retail industry employs around 3 million people across 300,000 outlets in the UK. At times retail workers can find themselves working alone during late hours. Although people may not instantly associate retail jobs with danger, quite often these workers hold responsibilities that can

22 September 2017
 September 22, 2017
Assaults on emergency service workers rise

‘Alarming’ Rise in Assaults on Emergency Service Workers

A worrying trend has emerged as official figures from last year show an ‘alarming’ increase in assaults on emergency service workers.

In 2016 there were 46 recorded assaults on police officers from North and West Devon, which is up on the previous year by a staggering 58%. Incidents reported range from officers being spat at and pushed to having clumps of hair torn out, with some injuries resulting in broken bones. The true scale of the problem may even be greater than anticipated, as it is suspected many assaults are going unreported.

Superintendent for the region Tony Davies, branded the rise ‘wholly unacceptable’ and has called for harsher penalties for those found guilty.

Speaking to the Northern Devon Gazette he said: “We should not tolerate assaults on any of our local emergency service workers or public servants going about their business and I fully support the calls for tougher sentences on offenders to send out a clear message that it is unacceptable within a modern society.”

Statistics for local Northern Devon NHS Trust tell a similar story, with 334 recorded

8 September 2017
 September 8, 2017
online abuse

Online Abuse. As Serious as Face to Face?

Due to the rise of social media platforms within recent years, there has been a rapid increase in online abuse that people are receiving on a daily basis. Within the past few weeks, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have told prosecutors in England and Wales that online hate crimes should be treated as seriously as face to face abuse.

Following public concern about the increasing amount of racist, homophobic and anti-religious attacks on social media, the CPS felt no choice in the matter and therefore pushed for this new legislation to be passed.  This included revised legal documents with guidance for prosecutors on how they should make decisions on criminal charges. The rules of this new regulation officially put online abuse on the same level as offline hate crimes. We ask; should these two criminal offences be treated the same?

The legal enforcement was initially sparked after Seyi Akiwowo, a councillor in the London borough of Newham who was targeted by racist ‘trolls’ online after giving a speech regarding refugees. She and other councilors were shocked at the level

24 August 2017
 August 24, 2017
domestic violence

Domestic Abuse – What can be done to help victims?

Leading charity Woman’s Aid defines domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behavior, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex- partner, but also a family or carer.

In the vast majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men. Although less common, men can also experience domestic abuse in the UK. Additionally, the difference between the number of male and female victims is at its lowest compared with previous years. Taken from the Office for National Statistic figures it can be seen that domestic abuse is most common in the West Midlands, at a rate of 7.33 cases per 100 adults, and Wales, at 7.07, and lowest in London, at 4.57. The highest rates by police force area are in Suffolk and Cleveland, and the lowest in Surrey and London.

Domestic Abuse is something that happens all around us, amongst many different types of individuals every day. In fact, it has become increasingly more common over the

23 August 2017
 August 23, 2017
Most Dangerous Jobs in Britain

What Are the Most Dangerous Occupations in Britain?

Last month The Health & Safety Executive released its annual breakdown of workplace fatalities in the UK, with figures showing a fall in the number of employees killed at work.

The report shows that in 2016-17, there were 137 workers in total that suffered a fatal injury. Among the most common causes of death include falling from height and being struck by heavy machinery or a moving vehicle.

The level of danger an employee is subjected to in their role will ultimately vary, depending on a number of factors including the measures put in place to safeguard them.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the jobs that carry the most risk, some of which may surprise you.
Painter and Decorator
Next time you get the Decorators in it might be worth remembering that Painters encounter one of the biggest safety issues on a daily basis – working from height. Last year nearly a fifth of all fatalities in the workplace were caused by falls, making it the second most common cause of death at work.
Electrician
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