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4 October 2016
 October 4, 2016
CV Magazine Technology Innovation Award

Skyguard’s Lone Worker Protection Once Again a Winner

Skyguard’s award-winning personal safety service has been chosen as Corporate Vision Magazine’s Best Personal Safety Service Provider 2016 and granted the Innovation Award for the MySOS Mandown personal safety device.

Corporate Vision’s 2016 Technology Innovator Awards are designed to recognise and reward the individuals, departments and organisations behind ground-breaking developments that change the way we do business for the better.

Skyguard provide a comprehensive 24 hour personal safety service for lone workers and vulnerable individuals via its state-of-the-art personal safety devices and mobile applications. Linking to a purpose-built Incident Management Centre, the service provides an essential lifeline for those who find themselves in difficulty should an emergency occur. A call for help can be made at the touch of a button – vital for those who work alone with no immediate backup to hand.

Skyguard adds these awards to the host of other industry accolades and achievements which include The Security

3 October 2016
 October 3, 2016
stalker

The Unsettling Truth About Stalking

What is Stalking?

Defining ‘stalking’ is often tricky because a stalker will use multiple methods to harass their victim. According to the National Stalking Helpline, stalking consists of any type of unwanted behaviour, such as regularly sending gifts/flowers, making malicious/unwanted communication, damaging property and physical or sexual assault. If the behaviour is persistent and causing fear and anxiety for the victim, then it is classed as stalking and must be stopped.
The following points reveal worrying truths about stalking and the effect it can have on victims:

Stalking is not limited to a delusional fan lurking in the shadow of a celebrity. In fact, 40% of people who contact a stalking helpline are being stalked by ex-partners and a further third are already acquainted with their stalker, be it a friend or somebody they’ve previously dated.
Anybody can become a victim of stalking. Dr Lorraine Sheridan and the Network for Surviving Stalking surveyed 2,292 stalking victims with an age range of 10 to 73. This included male and female victims, spread across the

3 October 2016
 October 3, 2016
Send for help Group

Lone Worker Protection Provider, Send For Help Group Reports Record Growth for Fourth Year Running

The Send for Help Group – the world’s largest lone worker protection provider, are pleased to announce record growth and profits for the financial year 2015/16.

The figures, published in Send for Help Limited’s Annual Report found that for the year ending 31st March 2016, turnover was up 81% year-on-year and operating profits had also increased by 42% within the same period.

Results for 2015/16 saw the Company turnover increase to £6.1m, with a gross margin of £4.94m and profits of £1.5m – with an adjusted EBITDA* figure of £3m.

The business has maintained its market leading position by continued product development and delivering the highest levels of customer service through its subsidiary brands – Skyguard and Guardian24. The previous financial year had seen Send for Help acquire Guardian24 Limited, adding a second well-established market player, alongside the market leader, Skyguard, to their portfolio. The full benefits of this acquisition have been reflected in these published results.

The Company’s position as the world’s largest

5 September 2016
 September 5, 2016
Prison

Health and Safety Failings Can Lead to Imprisonment

According to UK laws, severe failings of health and safety within organisations aren’t only punishable by fines as highlighted this week after a company director was jailed for 12 months following the death of an employee.

Company director Kenneth Thelwall, from Enfield, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment following the death of one of his employees resulting from the overturn of a spider lift during loading. This fatality follows the guilty plea from Mr Thelwall over a separate incident in 2010 when employee Bernard Rowson was crushed to death in a metal gate.

His firm, Thorn Warehousing Ltd was charged under the Health and Safety at Work Act and subsequently fined £166,000 plus court costs. Unsurprisingly, the company is currently in administration.

However, those in charge of the welfare of employee safety, including the safeguarding of lone workers regardless if they’re ‘on site’ are liable to face custodial sentences – consequently having severe, life changing impact on

26 August 2016
 August 26, 2016
ambu

A 46% Rise in Attacks on Paramedics

The emergency services – designed to be there for us in our hour of need, all too often fall victim to abuse and attacks from the people they are trying to help. The culprits, in most cases, are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

According to data from South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMB), there were 98 reported attacks on paramedics in 2011-12. Just 3 years on, this figure jumped to 126 reported attacks for 2014-15, and rose again last year to a staggering 184.

Although these figures are alarming, it is likely they take in to account only a proportion of the incidents that take place. Paramedics feel dissuaded to report attacks as any pending investigations take them away from performing their duties.

SECAMB Security Manager, Adam Graham said current safety measures included; CCTV, risk assessments and conflict resolution training, but has called for a government-led task force to tackle the problem more thoroughly.

In an example of the violence faced by our ambulance service, paramedic Gemma Fitzgerald suffered a broken jaw whilst trying to help

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