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28 April 2018
 April 28, 2018
Remembering Workers killed in the line of duty

Remembering the Importance of Safety this International Workers Memorial Day

Today workers around the world come together and show solidarity in remembrance of those who have been killed or injured at work.

Every year more people are said to lose their lives as a result of accidents in the workplace than in wars. Sadly, many of these accidents could be prevented, which is why highlighting the importance of employee safety is so vital.

Recognised on April 28th – International Worker’s Memorial Day aims to raise public awareness of safety in the workplace and campaign for measures to increase protection, including stricter enforcement of regulations and higher penalties for breaches.

To mark the day, a series of events, demonstrations and vigils will be taking place along across the globe, with some observing a minute’s silence.
Why is International Workers Memorial Day important?
The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates the following:

78 million men and women globally die every year as a result of work related accidents and diseases

27 April 2018
 April 27, 2018
Lone Worker Safety Expo 2018

Join Us at The Lone Worker Safety Expo

On October 2nd the Lone Worker Safety Expo will be returning to London – at a brand-new venue, right in the heart of the capital.

Now in its sixth year, the event is the only one of its kind solely committed to the safety, security and wellbeing of lone workers. It’s a must for those seeking advice on how to manage the risks of lone working, using training and technology.

Highlights of the day include an engaging keynote conference with speakers from the HSE, the British Safety Council and the BSIA. Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend practical workshops on a wide range of topics and ‘Ask the Experts’ during special sessions to gain advice from some of the industry’s most well-respected professionals.
Just a few of the topics you’ll learn about:

Managing lone working risks
Latest technology and training solutions
Your legal responsibilities
Addressing mental health and wellbeing
British Standards for lone worker systems
Contingency planning and practical advice

Skyguard’s Will Murray is to co-host a workshop on procuring a lone

23 April 2018
 April 23, 2018
Are screech alarms enough for lone workers?

Do Screech Alarms Offer Lone Workers Adequate Protection?

Most of us will probably be familiar with the idea of screech alarms. The concept is simple, if threatened a user activates a small device which emits a loud piercing noise in an attempt to scare off an attacker.

This type of alarm is commonly issued to those who are concerned about their personal safety. However, when it comes to protecting those working alone, is a more advanced safety solution required?
Limitations of passive alarms
The sound given off by screech alarms is deliberately unpleasant to the ears and can startle an attacker. This gives a victim the chance to escape and also alerts others in the immediate area that someone is in trouble.

However, the problem with passive alarms is that if there’s no one nearby, then no one can help. Even if a person is able to get away from the initial threat, they may be badly injured and require urgent medical assistance.

Alarms can also be easily silenced or muffled if an assailant places their hand over it. In busy cities their effectiveness is reduced further

20 April 2018
 April 20, 2018
Attacks on NHS staff increase by nearly 10%

NHS Staff Shortages Blamed for Rise in Violence

It was reported earlier this week that assaults on NHS workers have increased by nearly 10% from 2016-17 – with nurses, paramedics and mental health staff most likely to be on the receiving end.

Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Health Service Journal on behalf of Unison, includes responses from 181 of the 244 NHS Trusts in England.

Figures show that there were 56,435 physical assaults recorded within this period, which if extrapolated across the NHS as a whole could potentially mean this figure is closer to 75,000 – as many as 200 a day.

Incidents include a nurse being slapped by a patient, one threatened with a knife and another witnessing a colleague being punched.

Staffing pressures have been cited as a contributing factor in the rise, with many blaming chronic understaffing and delays in patients accessing medical services.

Sara Gorton, Unison’s Head of Health stated, “Staff shortages are harming patient care and helping to create a hostile environment.”

“Now that there is no NHS or government organisation collecting data on assaults nationally

17 April 2018
 April 17, 2018
Are you being stalked?

What Counts as Stalking and Are You Affected?

This week is National Stalking Awareness Week which takes place from 16th-20th April. The annual event aims to shine a spotlight on the issue, with this year’s theme focusing on reporting stalking.
What is stalking?
Stalking is when an individual inflicts a pattern of obsessive behavior towards somebody else, repeatedly intruding on their life and causing distress. This can typically include anything from sending unwanted messages and gifts to following a person in the street or turning up unannounced at their workplace.

Since 2012, stalking has been recognised as a criminal offence in the UK with the maximum prison sentence being 10 years. According to the Suzy Lamplugh Trust – who run the National Stalking Helpline – one in five women and one in ten men will experience stalking in their lifetime, with one million people in the country falling victim every year.
Types of stalkers
Stalkers fall into several categories. Around 80% of victims are stalked by someone they know, with 45% stalked by an ex-partner and 22% by an acquaintance. It’s rarer for a stalker not

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