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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

16 September 2013
 September 16, 2013
Skyguard's alarm receiving centre

Skyguard’s ARC the First in the UK Accredited to ACPO’s “Secured by Design”

Skyguard – Europe’s premier personal safety service for lone workers, has become the first Alarm Receiving Centre in the UK to be awarded the prestigious ‘Secured by Design’ accreditation.

Based in Surrey, Skyguard’s Incident Management Centre (IMC) is the first facility to have been audited to the ‘ARC for Lone Workers’ product category, by the Association of Chief Police Officer’s (ACPO) Secured by Design scheme. The coveted accreditation gives customers reassurance that a product has been tested to the rigorous standards set by Secured by Design, based upon the principle of ‘designing out crime’.

Endorsed companies are allowed to display the SBD logo and “Police Preferred Specification” title, which indicates the certified product guarantees national police approval. This accreditation complements Secured by Design approval of Skyguard’s MySOS personal safety device earlier this year; making Skyguard the only lone worker provider in the UK to have an end-to-end accredited service.

As well as achieving Secured by Design status, Skyguard’s IMC was also the

29 August 2013
 August 29, 2013
Man Down Alarm

Skyguard Launch MySOS Mandown – The Personal Safety Device for High Risk Lone Workers

Skyguard – the premier personal safety service for lone workers and at risk individuals is pleased to announce the launch of MySOS Mandown.

The MySOS is Europe’s smallest personal safety device with GPS. It’s fitted with a fall sensor that automatically raises an alarm to Skyguard’s Incident Management Centre in the event of a fall or sudden impact. Identical in design to the MySOS, the Mandown variant is equipped with all of the features of its predecessor, but comes complete with a Mandown sensor.

The feature is vital if the user falls, suffers from a medical condition or is physically assaulted and knocked to the floor and may not be able to raise an alarm manually. Upon alarm activation, the information and location of the user will be transmitted to Skyguard’s UK based, 24 hour manned Incident Management Centre. From there, Skyguard’s professionally-trained Controllers will listen in, using the device’s two-way audio, assess the situation quickly and expertly and summon the

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