Sutton and East Surrey Water has entrusted Skyguard – Europe’s Personal Safety Service, to protect their lone working meter readers, inspectors and water samplers, enhancing their safety whilst carrying out duties.
Providing water to over 282,000 homes across east Surrey as well as parts of South London, West Sussex and Kent, Sutton and East Surrey Water covers a wide area, much of it rural.
With water samplers and inspectors often working alone, they can be vulnerable to trips, slips and falls. Should an unfortunate incident or accident occur, having no immediate help at hand can leave the worker vulnerable to a worsening and critical situation. Sutton and East Surrey Water decided that a suitable, flexible, yet cost-effective lone worker solution was needed to ensure the safety of their staff.
It was also agreed that lone working customer liaison officers, who regularly enter customers’ homes alone, should also be afforded the same level of backup and response, thus providing them with an essential means of communication in the event of an incident – such as a physical assault.
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 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 for free
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
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