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15 September 2014
 September 15, 2014
Public workers suffering increase in assaults

Government Report Highlights Increase in Assaults on Public Workers

Nearly 30,000 London frontline workers have been attacked whilst on duty in the last three years, a new report has revealed.

This equates to about 190 attacks every week on workers including NHS workers, London Underground and train staff, bus and cab drivers, according to the report published by the Greater London Authority (GLA) Conservatives.

A total of 29,679 frontline workers in the capital have been attacked while on duty in the past three years. They were punched, kicked, scratched, threatened and spat on while doing their job.

Victims include 4,017 London Ambulance Service (LAS) workers, 7,435 London Underground employees, and 3,719 train staff, while on average five London bus drivers are assaulted every day. Violent attacks on ambulance staff rose 23 per cent in the past year.

Risky Business: Protecting front line workers from attack whilst on duty, published by Conservative London Assembly member Roger Evans, calls for all paramedics

22 August 2014
 August 22, 2014
Should paramedics work alone

Should Paramedics Work on Their Own in Difficult Situations?

This past week, the Mail Online reported how a patient died after a lone working paramedic refused to enter the property on her own, fearing for her own safety.

Anthony Offord, 35, collapsed shortly arriving at his friend’s home in Sheffield in April last year and began ‘coughing’ on the floor.

A lone female Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedic arrived at the scene five minutes later, but waited outside the building for 20 minutes until other paramedics arrived.

The article, which can be read in its entirety here, raises many issues about lone working and personal safety. Was the paramedic within

21 August 2014
 August 21, 2014
Brent Council use lone working alarm

SKYGUARD EQUIPS BRENT COUNCIL’S LONE WORKERS WITH PERSONAL ALARMS

Skyguard- Europe’s premier personal safety service, are providing Brent Council’s frontline lone working staff with 24 hour backup and assistance. The Council’s employees can raise the alarm anytime via the use of Skyguard’s ACPO accredited MySOS personal safety device – giving them a simple yet effective way to call for help in any emergency situation.

The Council provide a wide range of community services to the public within their Inner London borough boundaries. Some of these services require the Council’s employees to work alone, occasionally in difficult circumstances. Conscious of their Duty of Care towards the safety and wellbeing of their staff, Brent Council needed a form of personal protection for their lone workers. They required a small, easy to use personal alarm which enables the user to discreetly raise the alarm should they face any difficulties.

The MySOS – Europe’s smallest personal alarm, comes fully equipped with the

14 August 2014
 August 14, 2014
Health and Safety North Expo

SKYGUARD TO SHOWCASE ITS SOLUTIONS AT HEALTH AND SAFETY NORTH 2014

Skyguard will be showcasing their exclusive range of personal safety devices and Smartphone software at this year’s Health and Safety North exhibition, held at the USN Bolton Arena between 8 – 9th October.

Visitors to the show will be able to see live demonstrations of Skyguard’s product range on their stand (H32), including the recently launched iPhone app, which converts the handset into a fully functional personal safety device. The app is an expansion of Skyguard’s range which includes software for Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Mobile handsets, as well as analogue phones.

Skyguard will also be demonstrating the MySOS – Europe’s smallest and lightest safety device featuring GPS, GPRS, GSM and Mandown technologies. The key fob-sized MySOS, can be discreetly worn as pendant, attached to a belt or keyring, or as an ID badge using the clip-on

11 August 2014
 August 11, 2014
Quattro Telematics

SKYGUARD SIGNS QUATTRO TELEMATICS AS DISTRIBUTOR

Skyguard are pleased to announce that Quattro Telematics are the latest organisation to join their Business Associate Programme.

With offices based in the UK, Ireland and Switzerland, Quattro Telematics are a leading European provider of vehicle tracking and workforce management solutions. The partnership allows Quattro Telematics to distribute Skyguard’s MySOS lone worker safety solution to clients across the UK and Europe, complimenting their existing product portfolio.

Skyguard’s MySOS device is the smallest and lightest GPS alarm in Europe, providing lone workers and vulnerable individuals a simple yet effective way to call for help in any situation. Its intelligent design allows the MySOS to be worn as a pendant around the neck, or secured to a belt, keyring or ID-badge holder.

GPRS technology provides fast and effective alarm transmission, with SMS as a backup, while two-way audio allows Skyguard’s controllers to listen-in to the user’s environment and talk to them, if it’s

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