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15 November 2013
 November 15, 2013
Guys NHS Trust use Skyguard alarms

Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS use Skyguard to protect 600 lone working staff

Based in central London, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust comprises of two of the largest hospitals in the UK, employing over 13,000 staff. In April 2011, the Trust took over responsibility for the provision of community services in Lambeth and Southwark. As a result of this transfer, the Trust ‘inherited’ 471 personal safety devices, which were purchased from the 2009 Lone Worker Framework Agreement.

The Trust’s Head of Security, Portering and Reception Services – Jayne King, was mandated to ensure the lone worker system provided robust protection for their community-based staff. Jayne discovered that the incumbent system relied on inferior cell ID location based technology, and many of the staff were not comfortable with using the devices. Jayne conducted a thorough evaluation of lone worker protection providers available on the market, and found Skyguard’s service met all of the Trust’s requirements. Skyguard’s MySOS device was chosen as the replacement, due to its GPS technology which sends the alarm location during an emergency and

6 November 2013
 November 6, 2013
Deaths in construction industry set to rise

Construction Union – ‘Industry Deaths More Likely to Increase’

The General Secretary for construction union UCATT, Steve Murphy has warned that “The combination of increased construction activity and the Government’s attacks on safety laws is sadly likely to lead to an increase in construction deaths in the future.”

The warning comes after figures released by the union revealed that deaths in the construction industry in London had increased from the previous year.

And construction workers in Yorkshire saw the number of deaths double in 2012/13 from 3 to 6. In Scotland deaths increased from 3 to 5 and there was 1 death in the north-east compared to none the previous year.

The findings found that overall deaths in the UK decreased from 39 down from 49 in 2011/12. However, Murphy doesn’t believe the reduction is down to improvements in safety.

“The reduction in construction deaths is welcome. However, construction remains the most dangerous industry in the UK. The reduction in

28 October 2013
 October 28, 2013
Safety advice in windy weather

Ten Tips to Stay Safe in Stormy Weather

This past weekend, many parts of the United Kingdom braced itself for severe storms which passed across Southern regions in the early hours of Monday morning. In some places, winds were recorded at over 80mph leaving 220,000 homes without power and tragically a 17 year old girl dead after being struck by a falling tree.

With forecasting technology able to predict these events well in advance, we’re able to prepare for extreme weather in good time. However, we should all take extra care and precautions when it comes to these ferocious conditions. Below are ten steps to take before, during and after severe storms.

Before the Storm:

Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture, wheelie bins, trampolines and anything else that could be blown about and cause damage.
Close and securely fasten doors and windows.
Park vehicles in a garage if available. Where possible, keep vehicles clear of trees, walls and fences.

During the Storm:

Stay indoors as much as possible. If you do go

2 October 2013
 October 2, 2013
Lone Worker Conference London

Skyguard To Exhibit at Lone Worker Safety Conference 2013

Some of this country’s leading and most respected experts on lone worker safety will once again come together on Tuesday, 26th November 2013 at London’s Olympia Conference.

“We are very happy to welcome Skyguard once again to our annual LONE WORKER SAFETY 2013 Conference & Exhibition” Robert Kaiser, CEO of PPSS Group and organiser of this event has stated today.

“For us it was crucial to collaborate with the very best in this field and we believe that by adding Skyguard to the list of exhibitors we are offering our visitors an even wider choice of lone worker safety device and technical advice and guidance”, he continued.

Skyguard provides Europe’s premier personal safety service for lone workers and people at risk. Skyguard offers a range of state-of-the-art personal safety devices linked to their purpose built, UK based, 24/7 Incident Management Centre certified to the highest lone working industry

16 September 2013
 September 16, 2013
Company fined for breach of safety laws

Health Board Fined for not Protecting Lone Worker from Attack

Lothian Health Board has been fined for safety failings after a lone worker was attacked while making a home visit to a patient with mental health issues.

The community psychiatric nurse was visiting a 58-year-old female patient who had been suffering from psychiatric illnesses for more than 30 years when the attack happened.

HSE’s investigation found that the injured person was an experienced nurse whose role involved visiting patients in the East Lothian area who were receiving community treatment for mental or psychiatric illnesses.

During the incident the nurse was forced to the floor, threatened and had her hair pulled so violently that several clumps were pulled out. Since the incident, she has been understandably apprehensive about undertaking home visits and has experienced unwelcome ‘flashbacks’.

Haddington Sherriff Court heard that at the time of the incident there were no risk assessments in place for Community Health team workers dealing with client violence or aggression, or for lone working in

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