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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

21 July 2017
 July 21, 2017
Improving safety for delivery drivers

How Can Safety Be Improved for Delivery Drivers After Recent Acid Attacks?

Last week it was reported that takeaway delivery driver, Jabed Hussain was attacked on his moped when two men pulled up and threw a corrosive substance at him. This shocking incident in London’s East End has brought the issue of driver safety firmly into the public spotlight.

Sadly, violence against delivery drivers is becoming increasingly common. According to Mr. Hussain, he and his colleagues have “felt unsafe for months,” having regularly been targeted by groups of youths. As a result of this, many drivers are now refusing to work after 8pm with some even asking to switch delivery area. Such is the level of concern for their safety, drivers in Hackney have created a WhatsApp group to alert each other to danger.
Safety Risks When Out on Deliveries
Typically, drivers are self-employed and there may not be adequate measures in place to protect them. Theft is one of the biggest issues, with many drivers being targeted by thieves looking to steal money or even vehicles. Drivers often work alone, travelling to remote areas and those with high crime

5 July 2017
 July 5, 2017
Using Snap Map safely

Can Snapchat’s New Snap Map Feature Help Keep You Safe?

Popular photo messaging app, Snapchat has recently launched a brand-new feature, Snap Map, that lets users share their location with friends and online contacts. Although many have raised obvious privacy and security concerns surrounding this, could Snap Map actually help to make its users safer?
What is Snap Map and how does it work?
Firstly, let’s take a look in more detail at what Snap Map does. Users can mark where they are on a map and post videos from their location to show their friends what they’re up to. The idea is that people can see what their friends are doing so they can keep in touch and meet up.

Of course, the flipside to this that people may not want others, or certain individuals to see where they are and turn up unexpectedly. It’s not hard to imagine the difficult scenarios this could create socially, but much worse is what could happen if this information fell into the hands of someone who wanted to do harm.
Safety issues associated with sharing location information online

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