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30 July 2012
 July 30, 2012
NHS Stockport use Skyguard's Lone Worker Alarms

Stockport NHS Trust Switch to Skyguard

A recent survey carried out by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) reference found that more than 60 percent of nurses working in the community have been subjected to verbal or physical abuse in the past couple of years.

In efforts to combat this worrying problem, many Trusts have a form of lone-worker alarm system in place to help protect their staff in the event of abuse or an assault. Stockport NHS Foundation Trust is a typical example.

In 2009, NHS Trusts across England and Wales purchased personal alarms (in most cases, the Identicom i750*) for their lone working employees through a national framework agreement, which was part-funded by the government. However, funding was only for the first two years of the contract – after the initial two year period was over, Trusts took responsibility for the remainder of the contract. With recent changes in public sector spending, many Trusts are now looking for more cost-effective, viable alternatives to offer 24/7 backup and assistance for their lone working staff.

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25 July 2012
 July 25, 2012
Student holds Skyguard personal alarm

Skyguard and the City of Edinburgh Council Pioneers New Initiative to Help Pupils with Special Needs Travel Independently

Skyguard is pleased to be working with the City of Edinburgh Council in implementing a pioneering initiative to help school pupils with special needs. The Independent Travel Scheme aims to give hundreds of students the opportunity to travel independently without the need for school transport, which allows them the chance to go to college to complete further education courses and build a career.

Back in late 2010, the council began trialling Skyguard’s service with two young students from Pilrig Park School. By carrying their Skyguard personal safety device, the students were able to travel to and from school without direct supervision. Traditionally special needs pupils are taught self travel by teachers who have to accompany them over an average eight week period. However, thanks to the personal safety device, the need for staff to accompany them is eliminated and training is completed a lot quicker, with teachers able to train more pupils.

Craig Nibloe, one of the first students to trial this scheme said, “I always wanted to

23 July 2012
 July 23, 2012
Lone working legislation

Company Charged with Record Fine Under Corporate Manslaughter Act

Lion Steel Limited has become the third company in the United Kingdom to be found guilty under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2008. With the prosecution, Lion Steel has received the largest fine on record – £480,000 with additional costs of £84,000.

Last year, Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings became the first company to be convicted under the Act, receiving a fine of £385,000. In May this year, Northern Ireland based business JMW Farms Limited (Co. Armagh) was fined £187,500 plus £13,000 costs.

Lion Steel, a Cheshire-based storage manufacturer, pleaded guilty to the offence in relation to the death of 45-year-old employee Steven Berry, who suffered fatal injuries when he fell through a fragile roof panel at the firm’s site in 2008.

Under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2008, organisations can be punished and censured for culpable conduct that leads to a person’s death – including the failure of providing adequate Duty of Care to its employees.

Until recently, successful prosecutions under the older Health

23 July 2012
 July 23, 2012
First past the post

Skyguard Contingency Plans for the London 2012 Games

With the 2012 Olympics due start in a few days time, businesses which operate in areas around the Games (and its associated events), are likely to experience severe disruption to their day-to-day operations. Contingency and forward planning is therefore essential to ensure the impact the Games has on business continuity is kept to a minimum.

Contingency planning is even more critical when the nature of your business is providing a vital lifeline and backup to high risk individuals facing potentially life threatening incidents. Therefore, Skyguard has been planning for many months in advance to ensure that our service continues to operate as efficiently as possible throughout the course of the Games.

We are able to do this by applying the following:

As an end-to-end service provider which wholly owns each component of the service; this ensures we have specialist expertise and reduces communication time between each of our service elements
All of our personal safety devices & smartphone applications are certified to BS 8484

12 July 2012
 July 12, 2012
Mobile Apps

How Skyguard Eliminates Mobile Phone Network Coverage Problems

Yesterday, O2 – the UK’s second largest mobile phone service provider suffered severe network problems which affected hundreds of thousands of their customers. Many were unable to make and receive calls or send SMS text messages.

However, the loss of coverage hasn’t just affected mobile phones. Many new technologies rely on the mobile phone network to operate. One example was Transport for London confirmed that the issues had affected docking stations for the London cycle hire scheme.

A sector that heavily relies on mobile phone network coverage is lone worker protection. Technology such as personal safety devices fitted with SIM cards, broadcast their alarms, positions and alerts via GPRS, GSM and SMS transmissions… all carried across the networks.

What if something happened to one of your employees that required immediate assistance? An assault… an accident… a heart-attack? How would a personal safety device or mobile phone application come to their aid when the alarm transmission would fail? It doesn’t bear thinking about.

Skyguard has a solution to this problem. We

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