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12 June 2015
 June 12, 2015
Clapham_Junction

Implementing the rules as a lone worker on our transport system

It is often questioned whether or not it is safe to work alone when working with the public, especially in roles that require you to enforce rules.

A recent incident at Clapham Junction station saw a lone working member of staff assaulted when performing his duties. The victim, who works on the platform at the over ground station requested that the attacker did not board the train with his bicycle during rush hour, unless he was prepared to travel in the last carriage. After the situation escalated, the attacker subsequently became aggressive, punching the rail worker in the face. Detective constable Denis Mahoney said: “The victim sustained several cuts, including one above his eye which required stitches”.

This poses the question as to whether or not lone working is suitable when the risk of assault or attack is relatively high. According to a 2015 investigation by the BBC, there has been a 44% rise in assaults on

2 June 2015
 June 2, 2015
NHS Lone Worker Framework 2018

Considerable Staff Shortages Predicted for NHS and Social Care

A report by the UK commission for Employment and skills (UKCES) warns that the demand for staff will far outstrip availability in both the NHS and social care over the next few years. According to the report, progression bottlenecks could limit the supply of appropriately skilled workers whilst demand in both sectors continues to grow.

This places enormous pressure on current health and social care workers, forcing them to work long hours to cope with workload. Subsequently, errors could be made while performing day to day duties, putting lone workers at greater risk of injury or attack. Could the overriding pressure on such workers be jeopardising their safety?

By 2022, the health and social care sector needs to train and recruit over 2 million more workers to satisfy demand. 2.1 million (67%) of these are needed to replace workers leaving existing roles. The research also highlights that a larger than average proportion of workers in the sector are aged between

18 May 2015
 May 18, 2015
Assaults on doctors rise

Medics express concern over violence against doctors

Recent evidence demonstrates that violence against doctors has become a growing international concern.

President of the WMA (World Medical Association) Dr Xavier Deau comments: ‘We are hearing about increasing violence against doctors, ranging from verbal to physical attacks and even kidnapping and murder. Everyone has the right to work in a safe environment.’

‘Violence against doctors is particularly mindless as it impacts on the entire healthcare system including the care of patients.’ An incident of violence towards a doctor is likely to interrupt patient care for the remainder of the doctor’s working day, possibly longer.

It was called upon by the WMA three years ago to encourage healthcare institutions to develop zero tolerance policies towards workplace violence, something that has become ‘even more urgent today’, according to Dr Deau.

A similar policy towards workplace violence was adopted by the NHS in 1999. In recent years however, there have been notable increases in the number of recorded assaults on NHS staff. 2012 saw an increase of 9% in

1 May 2015
 May 1, 2015
safety and health expo

SKYGUARD TO UNVEIL NEW VERSION OF THE MYSOS ALARM AT 2015 SAFETY & HEALTH EXPO

Skyguard will be unveiling a brand new version of its exclusive ‘MySOS’ personal safety alarm at the 2015 Safety and Health Expo, held at London’s Excel between 16th to 18th June.

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 launch the new version of our award-winning MySOS, at this year’s Safety and Health Expo.

“The original MySOS has been proven in use, delivering effective help to tens of thousands

4 April 2015
 April 4, 2015
Send for Help Group

SEND FOR HELP GROUP ACQUIRES BLUECHIP TECHNOLOGIES TO BECOME EUROPE’S LARGEST LONE WORKER PROTECTION PROVIDER

The Send For Help Group has acquired Bluechip Technologies Ltd (trading as Guardian24), which makes the group the largest lone worker protection provider in Europe. Combined with its existing subsidiary Skyguard, the Group has a subscriber base totalling over 100,000 users across a diverse range of Public and Private sector vertical markets.

Formed in 2010, The Send For Help Group was setup as the investment vehicle of technology entrepreneur Jan Murray, to enable the acquisition of Skyguard Ltd. Jan has an established track record in emerging hi-tech industries, having launched the PC World superstores chain and Internet Technology Group, which was the largest sale of an independent ISP in the UK.

The deal has enabled the Group to take advantage of a number of synergies; Guardian24’s subscribers will be migrated to Skyguard’s state of the art Incident Management Centre in Surrey, for alarm management and emergency response. The purpose-built facility, is manned 24/7 by Skyguard’s highly trained Controllers and

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