Major companies convicted of corporate manslaughter will face fines of up to £20m in order to replace sanctions that are deemed to be insufficient.
The guidelines, unveiled by the Sentencing Council, also state that firms with a much bigger turnover than £50m could be hit with even bigger fines for blatant safety breaches.
The new guidelines will come into effect on 1 February 2016. It introduces a wider range of fines for offences and an increase in the maximum amounts that can be imposed on organisations. Fines for companies found guilty of health and safety, food safety and food hygiene offences will be significantly increased.
Current guidance indicates the starting point for a corporate manslaughter offence should be £500,000. However, the new guidelines increase the maximum penalty imposed to £20m.
Organisations with a turnover of between £10m and £50m could face fines of up to £7.5m, firms with a turnover of between £2m and £10m would see a maximum fine of £2.8m while firms with a turnover of less than £2m could see fines hit £800,000
Skyguard will be showcasing the brand new version of our exclusive ‘MySOS’ personal safety alarm at this year’s Lone Worker Safety Conference, held at the Olympia Conference Centre on 24th November.
The MySOS which already includes GSM, GPS and Man-down technologies, has been further enhanced by Skyguard with a number of new features in an updated key-fob sized design. Fully certified to BS 8484, the British Standard for Lone Worker Devices, the new MySOS will offer increased functionality whilst still retaining the title of Europe’s smallest personal safety alarm.
Marketing Director, Will Murray said, “We are really excited to showcase the new version of our award-winning MySOS, at this year’s Lone Worker Safety Conference.
“The original MySOS has been proven in use, delivering effective help to tens of thousands of vulnerable people, whilst being convenient to carry and easy to use. The latest version incorporates even more safeguarding features but maintains the simple and flexible design which made its predecessor so successful.”
Visitors to the show will be able to see live demonstrations of
Skyguard are exhibiting at this year’s Health and Safety North event held at the Bolton Arena. Taking place from 7th – 8th October 2015, the event will showcase our new and improved MySOS device along with our range of award winning personal safety solutions.
The MySOS device, already packed with features and certified to BS 8484 standards has been made even smaller with enhanced functionality. Amongst other features, the device now vibrates to confirm an alarm initiation, with an extended battery life of up to 50 hours.
Skyguard’s Marketing Director Will Murray said: “With its advanced functionality and smaller design, we are delighted to be demonstrating the new and improved MySOS to visitors of Health and Safety North.”
For a demonstration of the MySOS personal alarm – Europe’s smallest of its kind; visit Skyguard at stand F8 throughout the two day event. If you’re not already registered to attend, you can do so
In order to alleviate the risk to its lone working maintenance team, Circle Housing Property Services has introduced ‘MySOS Mandown’ personal safety devices, developed exclusively by Skyguard.
Circle Housing Property Services (CHPS) are an in-house property maintenance team providing services to Circle Housing’s regional providers. Employing around 115 lone working tradesmen across a large geographical area presented a high risk of workplace injury or assault. Not only are the tradesman often working from heights but regularly carry out tasks alone.
To mitigate the risk to its lone workers, CHPS chose to adopt Skyguard’s MySOS Mandown devices – a small, discreet and easy to use personal safety alarm, featuring GPS, GPRS and Mandown technologies. Certified to the highest industry standards (BS 8484, Secured by Design), the MySOS Mandown is the smallest and lightest device available in Europe, enabling the team to conveniently carry the alarm on their person. With two-way audio, it provides lone workers with a simple yet effective way to call for help in any emergency situation
The Send For Help Group – Europe’s largest lone worker protection provider, has been elected two committee memberships of the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Lone Workers Section; one for each of its subsidiary companies. Will Murray, Marketing Director, has been re-elected as representative for Guardian24, whilst Ben Hawkins, Incident Management Centre Manager, has been newly appointed to represent Skyguard.
The BSIA’s constitution dictates that Section Committee Member elections are held on an annual basis via secret ballot to the Section’s members. A maximum of eight places are available on the influential committee; seven of which have been occupied in the recent election.
The Committee’s role is to set the Section strategy and vote on key decisions, on behalf of the wider Section membership. Committee members can also play an important role in the development and revision of industry standards, as part of British Standards Institute (BSI) review panels. This is the case with the Send for Help Group’s two committee members, who sit on the BSI panel which is currently redrafting