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5 November 2015
 November 5, 2015
Lone working legislation

Corporate Manslaughter Fines to Increase to £20m

Major companies convicted of corporate manslaughter will face fines of up to £20m in order to replace sanctions that are deemed to be insufficient.
The guidelines, unveiled by the Sentencing Council, also state that firms with a much bigger turnover than £50m could be hit with even bigger fines for blatant safety breaches.

The new guidelines will come into effect on 1 February 2016. It introduces a wider range of fines for offences and an increase in the maximum amounts that can be imposed on organisations. Fines for companies found guilty of health and safety, food safety and food hygiene offences will be significantly increased.

Current guidance indicates the starting point for a corporate manslaughter offence should be £500,000. However, the new guidelines increase the maximum penalty imposed to £20m.

Organisations with a turnover of between £10m and £50m could face fines of up to £7.5m, firms with a turnover of between £2m and £10m would see a maximum fine of £2.8m while firms with a turnover of less than £2m could see fines hit £800,000

3 November 2015
 November 3, 2015

Stories We Noticed This Week

Lone working by its very nature is inherently more dangerous, solely for the fact that there’s no immediate help at hand should something go wrong. The diverse nature of what can go awry when undertaking daily tasks whilst working alone were highlighted in a couple of stories that we came across this week.

Subway store fined over £6,000 after lone worker trapped in chiller overnight

A Subway store was fined more than £6,000 after a lone worker became trapped in a chiller overnight. 20 year old Karlee Daubeney was working alone when closing up for the night. It was during this time that she became trapped.

When she realised no one would be coming to her aid she tried to get help with her SOS message in ketchup – hoping it would be spotted on CCTV by security staff. However, the cry for help was not seen and she remained trapped in the store in the centre until the following morning when staff came to open up for the day.

The franchise responsible for the store

28 October 2015
 October 28, 2015
NHS Assault and Attacks

Work Related Injury/Illness, Key Statistics

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently released figures for work related injury and illness throughout 2014/15.

The key findings were as follows:

1. 1.2 million workers suffered work-related illness

2. 142 workers were killed at work

3. There were a reported 76,000 other injuries to employees, according to RIDDOR

4. According to the Labour Force Survey, there was a total of 611,000 injuries occurred in the workplace

5. 27.3 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and injury

6. The estimated cost of injuries and ill-health from working conditions totalled a staggering £14.3 billion.

Despite Great Britain remaining one of the safest places to work in Europe and the slight improvement on last year’s statistics; the findings are still alarming.

To focus on just one example, a recent report revealed that NHS Grampian had suffered an extreme number of assaults on employees, more than any other

21 October 2015
 October 21, 2015
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Skyguard to showcase new MySOS device at Lone Worker Safety Expo 2015

Skyguard will be showcasing the brand new version of our exclusive ‘MySOS’ personal safety alarm at this year’s Lone Worker Safety Conference, held at the Olympia Conference Centre on 24th November.

The MySOS which already includes GSM, GPS and Man-down technologies, has been further enhanced by Skyguard with 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 new MySOS will offer increased functionality whilst still retaining the title of Europe’s smallest personal safety alarm.

Marketing Director, Will Murray said, “We are really excited to showcase the new version of our award-winning MySOS, at this year’s Lone Worker Safety Conference.

“The original MySOS has been proven in use, delivering effective help to tens of thousands of vulnerable people, whilst being convenient to carry and easy to use. The latest version incorporates even more safeguarding features but maintains the simple and flexible design which made its predecessor so successful.”

Visitors to the show will be able to see live demonstrations of

16 October 2015
 October 16, 2015
Lone working social worker assautled

Lone Worker ‘racially abused and attacked’ during Client Visit

Earlier this week, it was reported by The Liverpool Echo that a lone working social worker was ‘racially abused and attacked’ during a home visit in Runcorn.

The social worker was visiting a client’s home in Halton Borough Council when the violent incident occurred. It was reported that the social worker was racially abused and attacked with weapons, including a carvery fork. Upon leaving the premises, he also found his car had been vandalised. The service user was later charged with racially aggravated offences.

According to the report, verbal attacks are also a concern in the area with the incident rate doubling throughout 2015 compared to 2014, which again had risen from 2013. Verbal attacks are equally as distressing for lone workers and shouldn’t go unheard.

Since the attack in Halton, it has been recommended that staff be involved in reviewing the council’s lone working systems in an effort to implement safer ways of working.

When is it ok to work alone?

It can be debated whether or not it was appropriate for the social

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