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21 November 2018
 November 21, 2018
Lone Worker Lost Remote North York Moors

Lone Worker Lost on Moors an Important Reminder About Safety in Remote Areas

A volunteer had a lucky escape when he became lost on the North York Moors whilst working alone.

The man was undertaking a wildlife survey when he took a shortcut and struggled to find his way back. To make matters worse, his phone battery quickly went flat leaving him with no means to navigate.

Fortunately the man had been able to alert the police that he was lost before his phone died. They contacted the National Park Authority although they were unable to pinpoint his location.

Covering 554 square miles, the North York Moors National Park is one of the most remote parts of Yorkshire and the North East.

The volunteer had followed lone working ‘buddy’ procedures correctly and given his whereabouts to a family member at home. However, in a stroke of bad luck they’d gone out and left their mobile phone indoors and could not be contacted.

Eventually the worker was able to find his car and let others know he was safe, but things could easily have turned out differently. This highlights the dangers of working

19 November 2018
 November 19, 2018
Personal Safety When on Home Visits

Staying Safe When Carrying Out Home Visits

When entering another person’s home in a professional capacity, your personal safety must always be your top priority.

Nurses, social workers, housing officers, delivery drivers, carers and maintenance staff are just a few of the roles where home visits are commonplace. However, despite being part and parcel of many people’s everyday jobs, this can potentially expose employees to risk.
Why do home visits carry higher risk?
Quite simply when you are in somebody else’s home this puts them in a position of control. This perception can alter the way you behave and put you on the back foot to start with. In certain circumstances you may be more likely to agree with somebody else or behave in a submissive way. In an unfamiliar environment you might not be aware of the dangers or even how to get away in a hurry if you need to.

The nature of some roles may also have a higher probable risk associated, for example a nurse that visits mental health patients in the community or a housing officer that deals with

16 November 2018
 November 16, 2018
Will Murray

Will Murray Interviewed by Land Mobile Magazine

Skyguard’s parent company, Send For Help Director, Will Murray, has been featured in an interview for business communications publication, Land Mobile, sharing his thoughts on what companies must consider when procuring a lone worker solution.

Will, addresses key issues including cellular connectivity, how to encourage stakeholder buy-in, various environmental factors and the importance of standards.

Speaking about the BS 8484 lone worker standard, Chairman of the BSIA’s Lone Worker Section, Will, explains how using accredited systems can save vital minutes. He says “adhering to the standard really does make a difference in terms of the speed of response because it allows you to apply to police forces for a unique reference number (URN).”

With this approach, Will says: “It works out to be about two minutes quicker on average than ringing 999, which can be the difference between life and death.”

Land Mobile is the only monthly publication dedicated to wireless communications for business. As an authority in its field, its diverse readership includes the emergency services, national government and defence.

You can read the full in

15 November 2018
 November 15, 2018
Retail Crime is Rising

Retailers ‘Concerned’ Over Rising Crime

Three quarters of retailers are said to have expressed concern over the response to incidents, as it’s claimed that police forces are under significant pressure to deal with rising crime levels.

A report by The Home Affairs Committee, entitled ‘Policing for the Future’ outlined the demands on modern police forces, suggested that falling staff numbers coupled with an increased level of crime is making it harder to offer communities the protection they need.

It stated that recorded crimes, including robbery and theft have climbed 32% in the last three years –  a sharp increase, whilst charges fell by over a quarter as neighbourhood policing has been cut.

Retailers are feeling the impact of rising crime, as The Association of Convenience Stores Crime Report shows that incidents in the sector have almost doubled in the past year to 950,000.

At the same time around 82% of retail employers are also concerned about the consistency of the response from police, with 73% dissatisfied by the time taken to respond to incidents.
Increasing Threat of Violence
Violent crime is a particular worry

8 November 2018
 November 8, 2018
Event organised by The Suzy Lamplugh Trust focusing on personal safety at work

National Personal Safety Day 2018

Today is National Personal Safety Day, an annual event that aims to raise awareness of the simple ways we can all avoid violence and stay safe.

Organised by The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, this year highlights issues relating to personal safety in the workplace, focusing on the retail sector. Released today, a survey conducted by the Trust shows that 66% of the people surveyed had experienced violence or aggression in the workplace and the results highlight a clear need for employers to do more to help their staff feel and be safer.


The Suzy Lamplugh Trust have also produced a code for staying safe in the workplace in a handy pamphlet and poster.

Safety advice for those working in retail

We’ve assembled our top tips for retail workers on how to

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