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22 May 2017
 May 22, 2017
Skyguard to exhibit at Safety & Health Expo

Skyguard to Shine Spotlight on Implementing Lone Worker Protection at Safety & Health Expo

Next month, London’s ExCeL exhibition centre will be hosting the Safety & Health Expo – the ‘UK’s no.1 health and safety event and conference.’

The show runs from the 20th-22nd June and promises to be “the only place in the UK where all key associations, manufacturers and distributors come together with industry leaders, providing an unrivalled opportunity to source new health and safety products, network and get up to speed with the latest guidance and legislation.”

Throughout the course of three days, delegates will be spoilt for choice – with the chance to attend exclusive seminars, mingle with over 27,000 industry professionals and watch live product demos, showcasing the latest innovations in security technology.

Skyguard are delighted to be featuring once again, with our team advising on the best methods of protecting lone workers and showing off our very own MySOS personal alarms and Smartphone apps in action. That’s not all as event attendees that subscribe to our

16 May 2017
 May 16, 2017
Grit spreading in wintry conditions

Highway Maintenance Providers Ringway Choose MySOS to Protect Workers

With over 1,000 employees working across Britain’s road network, Ringway Infrastructure Services use Skyguard’s award-winning BS 8484:2016 Certified MySOS devices to safeguard their workers.

The company carry out highway maintenance services including road repairs, street cleaning and winter gritting on around 17,565 kilometers of roads, often in remote areas and signal blackspots. Conditions can be dangerous especially in the winter when gritters brave the freezing weather to keep the roads free of snow and ice.

It’s not just the winter months that can prove testing, as all year-round workers are at risk of being subjected to verbal and sometimes even physical abuse from members of the public.

After investigating various methods to protect their workforce, Ringway opted for 450 of Skyguard’s MySOS devices following a successful trial period.

During their trial Skyguard came to the rescue when a Ringway worker required medical attention. The employee called for help by pressing the SOS button on his MySOS and asking for assistance. An ambulance was

12 May 2017
 May 12, 2017
Fines for corporate manslaughter saw a big increase in 2016

Sharp Rise in Health and Safety Fines

Fines issued in relation to health and safety breaches have seen a 148% increase in the past year according to law firm BLM.

The average cost of payouts has risen threefold from £69,500 in 2015 to a staggering £211,000 over the last 12 months. Its estimated that UK companies were forced to cough up a total of around £6.1m in 2016, for failing to comply with corporate safety legislation.

Industries that are the worst offenders unsurprisingly include Construction, which racked up £14m in fines, followed by Manufacturing with £12m. Utilities came in third at £8.4m, with Leisure (£7.4m), Logistics and Transport (£7.2m), Industrials (£3.9m) and finally the Public Sector which received fines totaling £2.6m.

Experts have suggested tougher guidelines introduced recently as part of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (2007), have been a major contributor in the rise, as the number of incidents has in fact fallen from 358 in 2015 to 292 the previous year.

Under the new ruling, courts must consider a number of factors including overall culpability

25 April 2017
 April 25, 2017
NHS Lone Worker Framework Agreement Ends April 30th

What the NHS Framework Agreement Ending Means for Lone Worker Safety

The existing agreement in place to help protect lone working staff within the NHS is due to expire at the end of April.

Originally set up in 2009, the NHS Lone Worker Framework Agreement was introduced to provide safer working conditions for employees working alone within the NHS and wider public sector. After renewal in 2013, NHS Protect, the hospital advisory body responsible for overseeing measures to prevent abuse have taken the decision not to extend the agreement further.

As it is an employer’s duty to ensure a safe working environment, the responsibility ultimately falls to each individual NHS Trust to take adequate measures to prevent physical abuse and injury to employees. Key elements of this include upholding a lone worker policy, carrying out regular risk assessments and supplying personal safety alarms. This applies to NHS staff covering a variety of roles, but in particular to community nurses who often visit patients at home.

Failure to uphold an employer’s Duty of Care can result in hefty fines, prosecution and even publicity orders for those found to be in

25 April 2017
 April 25, 2017
National Stalking Awareness Week 2017

Stalkers Unlikely to be Jailed for Breaching Restraining Orders

Figures published by the Ministry of Justice show that many offenders convicted of stalking or harassment are escaping prison sentences for repeatedly breaking the terms of their restraining orders.

Of the 23,057 court orders issued in England and Wales during 2015, over a third of these were breached. Failure to obey the conditions set out can result in a custodial sentence of up to five-years, although the number of offenders prosecuted expose that this is often not the case. Shockingly, 60% of those who breached their restraining orders for a second time avoided being sent to prison, with the number being 49% for a third successive breach and 38% for a fourth. Experts have put the reason for such a high breach rate down to the obsessive nature of stalker behaviour.

This news has been met with concern by victim support groups who believe unless firm action is taken, many victims’ lives could be at risk. Failure to act could result in more serious offences such as assault, rape or even murder. Indeed, a recent study conducted by

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