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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

5 August 2014
 August 5, 2014
Will Murray - Lone Worker Committee member

STANDARDS ARE VITAL WHEN SOURCING LONE WORKER PROTECTION

Skyguard’s Will Murray, highlights the risks, both physical and legal, of failing to protect staff who work alone and the importance of adopting the BS 8484 standard for lone-worker protection.

A lone worker can be defined as an employee who performs an activity that is carried out in isolation from other workers, without close or direct supervision. With such a broad definition, there are varying estimates of the number of lone workers in the UK, but it is generally accepted that at least six million people work either alone, or on their own for parts of their working day.

Often these individuals are working in hazardous environments or circumstances which place them at risk of violence, accidents, or illness – the fact they are working alone puts them at even greater risk should the worst happen.

What does this mean for an employer?

Organisations have a legal and moral Duty of Care to protect their staff from unnecessary risks, and there are several pieces of health and safety legislation which apply to all organisations:

The Health & Safety at

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