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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

14 October 2015
 October 14, 2015

Safety First on Firework Night

For some, the approach of Halloween and Bonfire Night is one of the most thrilling times of the year – not so much so for the faint-hearted.

Amongst the excitement, it is important to ensure you remain safe. It may seem obvious to take precautions when putting on a firework display, but it’s always useful to refresh your memory- after all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Here are some tips courtesy of the Mail Online for a safe Bonfire night:

1) Never go back to a lit firework – even if it hasn’t gone off it could still explode.

2) Keep a bucket of water nearby.

3) Use a torch to read the instructions on the back of each firework – never a naked flame.

4) Light fireworks at arm’s length using a good quality lighter.

5) Ensure that your fireworks are appropriate for your garden size and are up to British standards. Just like Skyguard is accredited to BS 8484, make sure your

22 September 2015
 September 22, 2015
National Personal Safety Day

National Personal Safety Day

Wednesday 7th October sees the 10th anniversary of National Personal Safety Day – an annual event that highlights all aspects of keeping safe from harm and leading safer and more confident lives.

The event is organised by The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, a registered charity that campaigns, educates and supports people to help reduce the risk of violence and aggression for everyone.

This year’s theme focuses on young men and the risks of violent crime. Statistically, young men are the most at risk when it comes to assaults or robbery. In fact, 73% of robbery victims are male.

The Trust are asking men to ‘Keep it REAL’ by making themselves aware of the dangers and taking steps to ensure their own safety.
R is for READY
E is for EDUCATE
A is for ALERT
L is for LEGAL
Young men are encouraged to be READY in case an incident occurs. EDUCATE yourselves about the dangers you could come into contact with. Be ALERT to danger – it may happen when you least expect it. Above all – stay LEGAL. Carrying a

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