From October 2012 – 2013, the HSE has fined UK firms more than £5.5 million for health and safety failings under its new Fee for Intervention scheme. Again, slips, trips and falls were accountable for the majority of breaches in health and safety legislation. The sectors that received the most fines were manufacturing (38 per cent) and construction (36 per cent).
The recent addition of the Fee for Intervention scheme along with other stringent legislation highlights the increasing pressure organisations are placed under with regards to the welfare of their employees. Cases of Corporate Manslaughter are on the rise and with the threat of crippling fines and custodial sentences, businesses across the UK can ill afford to ignore their responsibilities.
Whilst accidents cannot always be avoided, how you act as a responsible employer in an incident can prove vital. Equipping your lone workers with the MySOS Mandown personal safety device will help fulfil your legal and moral Duty of Care to those lone working employees.
The key fob-sized device, which is fitted with ‘Mandown’ technology, automatically raises an alarm to Skyguard’s Incident Management Centre when it detects a sudden impact, such as a fall. This is vital if the user is knocked unconscious and is unable to raise an alarm manually.
Upon receiving the alarm, Skyguard’s Controllers will know whose device has activated and their exact GPS co-ordinates (as shown on a map). They’ll always treat the incident as life-threatening and use their expert knowledge and experience to manage the incident until the response service is there, or we are satisfied that any threat has been neutralised.
We already work with hundreds of organisations within manufacturing, engineering and construction and protect their lone workers on a daily basis.
“We chose Skyguard due to the quality of the support. The device is easy to use and the escalation procedures simply work.”
“As a company, we were referred to Skyguard by a trustworthy source, and now I’m passing on my own personal recommendation; Businesses in the food manufacturing sector who have workers using machinery should equip them with Skyguard alarms.”