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5 May 2014
 May 5, 2014
Suffolk Fire and Rescue use Skyguard's lone worker device

SKYGUARD WORKING WITH SUFFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE TO BACKUP LONE WORKERS.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service have chosen to protect their front line Fire Prevention Practitioners by equipping them with Skyguard’s MySOS personal safety device. With 24 hour monitoring and single button alarm activation, the device enables the Fire Service’s lone workers to quickly call for help in the event of an incident or emergency.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service provide emergency response across the county of Suffolk in East Anglia. With 35 fire stations, their service answers to around 8,000 emergency calls per year, of which over 740 are serious fires. Aside from attending serious incidents, they also offer fire safety prevention education and advice.

This proactive education is delivered by a dedicated team of Fire Prevention Practitioners, which involves officers attending people’s homes whilst carrying out ‘safer home’ visits. These can include elderly and vulnerable clients, those with mental health issues and various forms of dependencies. These factors can make home visits particularly challenging and can occasionally lead to abusive or threatening behaviour

10 April 2014
 April 10, 2014
See us at Safety and health Expo

SKYGUARD EXHIBITING AND HOSTING SEMINARS AT THE UK’S FLAGSHIP HEALTH AND SAFETY EVENT

Skyguard – Europe’s premier personal safety service for lone workers, are pleased to announce we will once again be exhibiting and hosting seminars at The Safety & Health Expo 2014.

The Exhibition, which takes place from 17th – 19th June at London’s ExCel Arena, is the UK’s largest health and safety event. Run exclusively with the support of IOSH, RoSPA and the BSIF, Safety & Health Expo has established itself as the definitive UK industry event consistently attracting health and safety decision makers from multiple sectors and with responsibilities across UK, Europe and international markets.

The Safety and Health Expo provides an excellent opportunity to meet some of the Skyguard team, discuss any lone worker protection needs and see our devices first-hand. We’ll be demonstrating our range of BS 8484 certified personal safety devices, Smartphone software apps, and the latest version of our unique client portal – the Customer Service Centre.

Throughout

19 March 2014
 March 19, 2014
Mackies of Scotland use Skyguard lone worker alarms

MACKIE’S OF SCOTLAND CHOOSE SKYGUARD FOR ROUND THE CLOCK LONE WORKER PROTECTION

Food Manufacturer, Mackie’s of Scotland have issued their nightshift staff with Skyguard’s palm-sized personal alarms, to help mitigate risk whilst working alone with heavy machinery.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), over 5,000 injuries in the food and drink manufacturing industry are reported each year. This represents around a quarter of all manufacturing injuries reported. About 16% of the injuries are ‘major injuries’ resulting in broken bones, hospitalisation etc, mostly due to slips, falls from height or machinery. The remainder are ‘over-3-day absence injuries’ mostly caused by lifting and handling, slips and trips and being struck by objects such as hand-knives or falling objects.

Mackie’s, a leading Scottish food brand, approached Skyguard after extensively researching suitable means to call for help quickly and easily in an emergency. After reviewing all options, it was actually a recommendation that eventually swayed Mackie’s. Spokesperson Rhona Wight explains, “We have many links with companies in the local area, so we asked one who they used. They gave us great feedback on Skyguard. We

14 February 2014
 February 14, 2014
Skyguard and VSG working together

SKYGUARD ANNOUNCE LONE WORKER PROTECTION COLLABORATION WITH VSG

Skyguard – Europe’s premier personal safety service are pleased to announce a distribution agreement with VSG in providing lone worker protection across the UK and Ireland. Skyguard will supply personal safety devices, mobile phone software and client administration tools to link directly with VSG’s 24 hr manned alarm receiving centre.

VSG is one of the UK’s leading security services suppliers, offering solutions that encompass guarding, systems, remote monitoring, training and background screening. The company is part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, a leader in the supply of food and support services across 10,000 sites including workplaces, famous sports and leisure venues, hospitals, schools, oil rigs and much more in between.

VSG have now added the MySOS personal safety device and Skyguard for Smartphone applications to their already impressive range of services. With its ever expanding blue-chip client base and outstanding reputation, there’s no security organisation better placed to promote lone worker protection across the United Kingdom

20 January 2014
 January 20, 2014
Solent NHS use Lone worker alarms

SOLENT NHS CHOOSE SKYGUARD TO PROTECT OVER 700 COMMUNITY-BASED STAFF

Solent NHS Trust have chosen Skyguard to protect 700 of their lone working staff, after conducting a thorough OJEU tender process.

The Trust provides specialist community and mental health services to local people, principally in the Portsmouth and Southampton area with some services reaching across a wider part of Hampshire. Due to the nature of the services provided there is a significant proportion of their 3800+ staff who work in the community, often alone.

Recent alarming statistics show 21% of NHS mental health staff across England and Wales have reported at least one physical assault in the past year. Simon Zammit, Solent NHS Trust’s Local Security Management Specialist, was entrusted to implement appropriate, effective lone worker protection to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the Trust’s community-based clinical staff.

An EU tender process commenced with the intention of sourcing the most appropriate and cost- effective solution for the Trust’s needs. Upon a thorough evaluation of each supplier’s proposal, due to the combination of Skyguard’s technical

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