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19 March 2014
 March 19, 2014
Mackies of Scotland use Skyguard lone worker alarms

MACKIE’S OF SCOTLAND CHOOSE SKYGUARD FOR ROUND THE CLOCK LONE WORKER PROTECTION

Food Manufacturer, Mackie’s of Scotland have issued their nightshift staff with Skyguard’s palm-sized personal alarms, to help mitigate risk whilst working alone with heavy machinery.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), over 5,000 injuries in the food and drink manufacturing industry are reported each year. This represents around a quarter of all manufacturing injuries reported. About 16% of the injuries are ‘major injuries’ resulting in broken bones, hospitalisation etc, mostly due to slips, falls from height or machinery. The remainder are ‘over-3-day absence injuries’ mostly caused by lifting and handling, slips and trips and being struck by objects such as hand-knives or falling objects.

Mackie’s, a leading Scottish food brand, approached Skyguard after extensively researching suitable means to call for help quickly and easily in an emergency. After reviewing all options, it was actually a recommendation that eventually swayed Mackie’s. Spokesperson Rhona Wight explains, “We have many links with companies in the local area, so we asked one who they used. They gave us great feedback on Skyguard. We

28 February 2014
 February 28, 2014
Skyguard personal alarms

Skyguard Announce Lone Worker Partnership with VSG

Skyguard – Europe’s premier personal safety service are pleased to announce a distribution agreement with VSG in providing lone worker protection across the UK and Ireland. Skyguard will supply personal safety devices, mobile phone software and client administration tools to link directly with VSG’s 24 hr manned alarm receiving centre.

VSG is one of the UK’s leading security services suppliers, offering solutions that encompass guarding, systems, remote monitoring, training and background screening. The company is part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, a leader in the supply of food and support services across 10,000 sites including workplaces, famous sports and leisure venues, hospitals, schools, oil rigs and much more in between.

VSG have now added the MySOS personal safety device and Skyguard for Smartphone applications to their already impressive range of services. With its ever expanding blue-chip client base and outstanding reputation, there’s no security organisation better placed to promote lone worker

14 February 2014
 February 14, 2014
Skyguard and VSG working together

SKYGUARD ANNOUNCE LONE WORKER PROTECTION COLLABORATION WITH VSG

Skyguard – Europe’s premier personal safety service are pleased to announce a distribution agreement with VSG in providing lone worker protection across the UK and Ireland. Skyguard will supply personal safety devices, mobile phone software and client administration tools to link directly with VSG’s 24 hr manned alarm receiving centre.

VSG is one of the UK’s leading security services suppliers, offering solutions that encompass guarding, systems, remote monitoring, training and background screening. The company is part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, a leader in the supply of food and support services across 10,000 sites including workplaces, famous sports and leisure venues, hospitals, schools, oil rigs and much more in between.

VSG have now added the MySOS personal safety device and Skyguard for Smartphone applications to their already impressive range of services. With its ever expanding blue-chip client base and outstanding reputation, there’s no security organisation better placed to promote lone worker protection across the United Kingdom

21 January 2014
 January 21, 2014
Tougher penalties for health and safety breaches

Tougher Penalties for Breach of Health and Safety Laws

Tougher penalties are being handed out to employers who breach health and safety laws following a change in approach to prosecutions, according to a report released on 16 January.

The report, published by the Department for Work and Pensions, shows that the changes introduced under the Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008 have led to more cases being tried in the lower courts, convicted offenders being given higher fines, and more custodial sentences for bosses who pay scant regard to the welfare of their staff or the public.

Minister of State for Health and Safety, Mike Penning said: “By handling greater sentencing powers to Magistrates and Sheriffs it has sent a clear message to unscrupulous employers that if they do not take their responsibilities seriously they will face stiff penalties, which include heavy fines and – in the very worst cases – prison.”

He said that the burden of prosecuting all but the most serious cases through the Crown Courts has been removed, adding

20 January 2014
 January 20, 2014
Solent NHS use Lone worker alarms

SOLENT NHS CHOOSE SKYGUARD TO PROTECT OVER 700 COMMUNITY-BASED STAFF

Solent NHS Trust have chosen Skyguard to protect 700 of their lone working staff, after conducting a thorough OJEU tender process.

The Trust provides specialist community and mental health services to local people, principally in the Portsmouth and Southampton area with some services reaching across a wider part of Hampshire. Due to the nature of the services provided there is a significant proportion of their 3800+ staff who work in the community, often alone.

Recent alarming statistics show 21% of NHS mental health staff across England and Wales have reported at least one physical assault in the past year. Simon Zammit, Solent NHS Trust’s Local Security Management Specialist, was entrusted to implement appropriate, effective lone worker protection to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the Trust’s community-based clinical staff.

An EU tender process commenced with the intention of sourcing the most appropriate and cost- effective solution for the Trust’s needs. Upon a thorough evaluation of each supplier’s proposal, due to the combination of Skyguard’s technical

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