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24 August 2017
 August 24, 2017
domestic violence

Domestic Abuse – What can be done to help victims?

Leading charity Woman’s Aid defines domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behavior, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex- partner, but also a family or carer.

In the vast majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men. Although less common, men can also experience domestic abuse in the UK. Additionally, the difference between the number of male and female victims is at its lowest compared with previous years. Taken from the Office for National Statistic figures it can be seen that domestic abuse is most common in the West Midlands, at a rate of 7.33 cases per 100 adults, and Wales, at 7.07, and lowest in London, at 4.57. The highest rates by police force area are in Suffolk and Cleveland, and the lowest in Surrey and London.

Domestic Abuse is something that happens all around us, amongst many different types of individuals every day. In fact, it has become increasingly more common over the

23 August 2017
 August 23, 2017
Most Dangerous Jobs in Britain

What Are the Most Dangerous Occupations in Britain?

Last month The Health & Safety Executive released its annual breakdown of workplace fatalities in the UK, with figures showing a fall in the number of employees killed at work.

The report shows that in 2016-17, there were 137 workers in total that suffered a fatal injury. Among the most common causes of death include falling from height and being struck by heavy machinery or a moving vehicle.

The level of danger an employee is subjected to in their role will ultimately vary, depending on a number of factors including the measures put in place to safeguard them.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the jobs that carry the most risk, some of which may surprise you.
Painter and Decorator
Next time you get the Decorators in it might be worth remembering that Painters encounter one of the biggest safety issues on a daily basis – working from height. Last year nearly a fifth of all fatalities in the workplace were caused by falls, making it the second most common cause of death at work.
Electrician
You may

2 August 2017
 August 2, 2017
Lone Worker Section Chairman of the BSIA - Will Murray

Director Will Murray Elected Chairman of BSIA Lone Worker Section

Will Murray, Marketing Director of our parent company, Send For Help Group, has been elected to Chair the BSIA’s Lone Worker Section.

The appointment means that the Group now occupies an unprecedented three spaces on the Section Committee, with each subsidiary brand receiving representation.

Operations Director, Ricardo Pombo and IMC Operations Manager, Nick Shea will be attending future BSIA meetings on behalf of Peoplesafe and Skyguard respectively. Will Murray will continue to represent Guardian24.

As the largest supplier of lone worker protection globally, the new roles further enhance Send For Help’s position at the forefront of the lone working industry. The objectives of the BSIA’s Lone Worker Section are to raise awareness and educate the market, and assist in development of industry standards by working with key stakeholders.

The BSIA (British Security Industry Association) is the trade association for the UK’s professional security industry, with its members comprising representatives from a number of organisations within the sector.

On being elected to head up the Committee, Will Murray commented, “I’m absolutely thrilled to take on the

1 August 2017
 August 1, 2017
Skyguard launch new lone worker app for iPhone

Skyguard’s New iPhone App Now Available

Today, Skyguard are set to launch an updated version of our lone working app for the iOS platform. Available for download, the new BS 8484:2016 certified application allows users to raise an alarm at the press of a button if they feel they are in danger.

Now compatible with the wearable SmartButton accessory, an alert can be activated without even unlocking the phone’s keypad. The compact unit, which is only 1.3 inches in diameter can be subtly worn on a wristband, keychain, pendant or belt clip. This provides another way to get help, particularly useful in difficult circumstances when a user wants to get assistance discreetly.

Skyguard for Smartphone is available for the three major mobile platforms, iPhone, Android and Windows. Using the application transforms a Smartphone into a fully functional personal safety device, ideal for vulnerable individuals and those working alone who don’t wish to carry a standalone alarm.

The service is backed up by

27 July 2017
 July 27, 2017
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Waste and Recycling Sector Fatalities Soar in 2017

The number of fatal injuries in the waste and recycling sector for 2016/17 is almost double the annual average for the past 5 years according to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual figures.
The Health and Safety Executive noted that despite being a relatively small sector in terms of employment, the annual average fatal injury rate over the last five years is around 15 times as high as the average industry rate. The sector finds itself positioned at third most dangerous industry with 14 fatal injuries following Construction with 30 fatalities and Agriculture with 27. The HSE figures also stated that 5% of lone workers in this industry are likely to sustain a work related injury.

This time last year an incident occurred which sparked huge concern regarding the personal safety standards among the recycling and waste industry. Five workers were crushed to death by a 15ft concrete structure containing mental that collapsed on them in a Birmingham recycling plant. Two ambulances, an air ambulance, a hazardous area response team and an emergency planning officer were immediately

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