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5 June 2017
 June 5, 2017
Macdonald Hotels & Resorts use MySOS personal alarms

Luxury Hotel Group Protect Workers with Skyguard’s MySOS Personal Alarms

One of Britain’s best-loved luxury hospitality chains, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts have adopted Skyguard personal alarms to offer protection for its lone workers.

The company employs over 4,000 staff at hotels and resorts across the UK and in Europe, with the safety and wellbeing of those employees being a key priority.

Shift workers, including receptionists, night porters and cleaners often find themselves working alone late at night and are therefore more vulnerable to risk. Being a safety conscious employer, the group have put in place measures to allow staff to get help discreetly if they encounter situations where they feel uncomfortable or threatened.

Macdonald choose Skyguard as the leading supplier of lone worker safety solutions to equip their night porters with MySOS personal alarms. Michael Careless, Cluster Night Manager, explains just how crucial the devices are:

“I have night porters relying on the assurance of an activation, these devices make them feel safe at night. Without this piece of technology, we would not function properly.”

The handheld unit supplied

25 May 2017
 May 25, 2017
Secret emergency codes used

5 Secret Codes Used to Alert Employees of Emergency Without Alarming the Public

Have you ever witnessed a strange message issued over a public tannoy or heard coded phrases being spoken by a security person and wondered exactly what it all meant?

In times of increased security, the use of coded announcements is nothing new. Emergency codes are inconspicuous words and phrases that are often used in public areas to alert those in charge, of possible danger. This allows staff to control an emerging situation, so they can investigate further and put emergency plans into action without causing mass panic.

Failing to do this can make matters worse, as was the case in 1913 when 73 people tragically died after a stampede at the Italian Hall in Michigan, which was caused by someone falsely shouting that the building was on fire.

Keeping people safe and carrying out controlled evacuations is a priority in an emergency. Here’s an insight into some of the secret code words used to indicate a variety of threats.
Inspector Sands
Often heard as: “Could Inspector Sands please report to the…”

Means: There is a fire

Inspector

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

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