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3 May 2016
 May 3, 2016
Military Working Dogs

Animal Attacks – No Laughing Matter

The classic image of the dog chasing the postie can invoke whimsical and often humorous thoughts. It harks back to the days of the Beano or Dandy where the likes of Dennis the Menace’s dog, Gnasher would regularly torment visitors. These days, we’re more likely to laugh at videos on YouTube of Westies or Jack Russells tearing their way through the mail as it’s delivered.

However, with a rise in hospital admissions from dog attacks, often causing permanent disabling injuries, it’s no laughing matter.

According to official statistics, there has been a 76% rise in admissions over the past ten years in England. Last year alone, this equated to a staggering 7,227 incidents.

Lone working outreach nurses and postmen/women visiting people’s homes are prone to these attacks. Dave Joyce of the Communication Workers Union said: “Over 15,000 postal workers have been attacked by dogs over the last five years for simply doing their jobs.”

MPs also expressed their concern over dog attacks. Survey results revealed that politicians have faced similar assaults when

11 April 2016
 April 11, 2016
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1 in 8 Workers Face violence in the Workplace

According to research published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in February 2016, one in eight people are victims of violence in the workplace. Employees reported being pushed or punched or even spat on. In more extreme cases, some victims reported being stabbed.

The findings revealed that the healthcare sector experienced the highest number of violent incidents with 22% of workers reporting an encounter. Some may question whether the reported number of assaults is misleading when taking in to account those that go unreported.

Results from the NHS staff survey in March 2016 revealed that 40% of Newcastle NHS employees did not report violence they experienced in 2015. In contrast, Jane Sayer, Director of Nursing at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust believes her Trust, amongst others, has an open and honest culture with incidents reported accordingly, “We always encourage our staff to be proactive in regards to reporting any incidents.” She later added “We also believe that a high rate of reported incidents is a positive thing. It represents a culture of openness where staff feel they can raise

5 April 2016
 April 5, 2016
NHS

Skyguard’s MySOS Device Safeguards Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust’s Outreach Staff

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust has turned to Skyguard’s BS 8484 approved personal alarms to safeguard their community-based staff tasked with providing in-home services.

Skyguard’s keyfob sized MySOS devices were implemented as a means of discreet protection for lone working staff to carry on their person. Accredited to BS 8484 standards, the device is equipped with the latest mobile phone and GPS tracking technology.

When the user raises the alarm, an alert is instantly sent to Skyguard’s dedicated Incident Management Centre (IMC) along with the GPS location. Using the alarm’s two-way audio, trained Controllers will first listen in and assess the situation before talking to the user and taking appropriate action. Using the escalation instructions provided, the Controller will, if necessary, directly contact the local police control room, bypassing the 999 service for a faster response. All audio and actions from the incident are digitally

18 March 2016
 March 18, 2016
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Skyguard to Showcase new MySOS Lone Worker Safety Device at The Health and Safety Event

Skyguard will be showcasing the new version of our exclusive MySOS personal safety alarm at this year’s Health and Safety Event, held at the NEC Birmingham from 22nd to 24th March 2016.

After further enhancement from Skyguard, the MySOS boasts a number of new features in an updated key-fob sized design. Fully certified to BS 8484, the British Standard for Lone Worker Devices, the MySOS features GSM, GPS and Mandown technologies, whilst retaining the title of Europe’s smallest personal safety alarm.

Visit Skyguard at stand C30 where you can witness live demonstrations of our exclusive lone worker protection range, including the MySOS device, as well as our smartphone application. Registration to attend the show is completely free and can be found here.

Register to Attend the Health and Safety Event, 2016

1 March 2016
 March 1, 2016
Ambulance Speeding

Four in Ten Paramedics Assaulted Last Year

Paramedics are our lifeline – first at the scene and first to help in a medical emergency.
However, shocking statistics revealed by The New Day newspaper found that 40 per cent or Ambulance crews are physically attacked by the public and nine in 10 are showing signs of becoming mentally ill.

The investigation uncovered a surge in violent attacks, soaring 999 calls, and burned-out paramedics fleeing the service. Research shows that Paramedics have a rate of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 5.5 times that of war veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Almost a quarter of ambulance staff have PTSD, according to research published in the British Medical Journal, compared to four per cent of army veterans.

Figures obtained by the newspaper show that violence on call-outs is increasingly commonplace.

Two-fifths of ambulance staff say they were violently attacked at least once in 2015, up from just over a third the year before. The figure is 62 per cent among the basic-trained emergency care assistants who work alongside paramedics, up from 46 per cent in 2014.

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