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Ground Control use StaySafe to manage lone workers during UK storm

On Thursday 23rd February storm Doris rolled across the UK, knocking down trees, damaging buildings, sweeping up debris and knocking out power supplies. With gale force winds of up to 95mph, many faced disruption as trees blocked rail lines and thousands were left without power.

But as many struggled to travel home and others avoided venturing out at all, Ground Control’s teams across the country worked throughout the night to remove obstructions and help their clients fix faults so that services could return to normal by the morning.

Fortunately, all of Ground Controls’ utility teams across the UK are equipped with the StaySafe app which made managing jobs and staff safety quick and efficient. Read more

Erhma lone workers protected with StaySafe

Ermha is a not-for-profit organisation focused on achieving recovery, independence and social inclusion for some of South-East Australia’s most vulnerable individuals. Many of their clients struggle with the challenges associated with disability, mental illness, homelessness, trauma and substance abuse.Ermha logo

To provide a personal service and wider outreach, Ermha relies on a network of lone workers who support clients on a one-to-one basis. For the organisation, lone working is a great way to provide much-needed support in the community.

However, the organisation recognised the risks of working alone and wanted to keep their employees as supported as their clients. This idea led the organisation to StaySafe. StaySafe is a lone worker safety app and monitoring service that allows Ermha to help mitigate the the risks associated with working alone in the community. Read more

Disaster management using SMS Broadcast

A major New Zealand StaySafe client has used the SMS Broadcast function to communicate with senior managers as part of this disaster management response, following the Kaikoura Earthquake on November 14.

Just after midnight on Monday, November 14, a 7.8 earthquake hit New Zealand’s South Island. Part of a client’s office building collapsed in the quake but fortunately, the building was empty and there were no injuries. However, communications were completely taken out as a result of the damage.

The building damage rendered their systems unusable, including email and phone systems. With traditional forms of communication now unavailable, the business turned to SMS Broadcast to communicate with their team. Through the StaySafe Hub, the client was able to send an SMS message to senior managers, updating them on the effect of the earthquake on their internal systems and what was expected from them following the natural disaster. Read more

The human element of disaster management – protecting lone workers

While we can plan and prepare for the practical side of disaster recovery, the ‘What if…?’ scenarios around our team members’ safety in the event of a terror attack or natural disaster are somewhat harder to address and, of course, highly emotive.

Following last November’s terror attacks in Paris and other equally upsetting incidents around the world, we are all on high alert with regards to personal safety. While it remains statistically unlikely that you or your staff will be affected by terrorism – statistics put the chances of being killed in a terror attack at around one in 20 million – the perceived risk by individuals in the current climate is high. The fall-out of a full-scale emergency, however unlikely one might be, could turn the situation into a catastrophe.

As an employer, it’s important to plan how to manage your employees’ safety in the event of a disaster. You also need to be seen to be doing so by your employees in order to help lessen their fears.

What can you do, then, when it comes to planning and communicating an effective human disaster management plan for your members of staff? Read more