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Shields Environmental protect lone working telecoms staff

Telecoms supplier, Shields Environmental have switched from a manual check-in system to StaySafe’shields-e logos easy to use app to ensure their staff are safe whilst they work and travel in the field.

Shields Environmental provide services and equipment to the telecoms industry. Their team of lone workers carry out electrical installations on sites across the UK, often travelling between busy cities and remote locations working at height and with electricity. Read more

The rise of the lone worker app – is it time to make the switch?

Dedicated devices have been around for a long time and are a great way to offer personal protection to at-risk employees. However, with the advancement of technology and availability of smartphones, safety apps can offer a new and efficient way of providing protection.

With more and more businesses switching to smartphone technology to keep their staff safe, we take a look at some of the reasons why apps are gaining popularity.

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Check-in calls vs. check-in technology

Manual check-in calls are one of the most common methods used to monitor the safety of employees who work alone. Check-in calls are commonly scheduled at timed intervals throughout the day or before and after entering a work site.

While manual check-ins are perceived to be low cost and low resource, there are a number of challenges that arise when relying on check-in calls alone. Read more

Kingswood Air Conditioning

UK based company Kingswood Air Conditioning have launched the StaySafe solution to monitor the safety of their lone working engineers.

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Kingswood provides servicing and installation of air conditioning equipment to businesses across the UK including NHS and University buildings. Their engineers often travel and work on sites alone, working at height and with heavy equipment.

Slips, trips and falls and heavy lifting are two of the top causes of workplace accidents, accounting for 2.1 million working days being each year (HSE 2014/2015). Engineers working in the facilities management industry are particularly vulnerable to these top risks as well as fire, electrocution and being struck by an object.

When working alone and an accident occurs, receiving immediate help may not be possible. Therefore, it is crucial that lone workers have a way of alerting someone if they are in trouble and in need of help. With Kingswood operating an out of hour call service this became a top priority for the business. Read more

Martin & Co Property Management

Martin & Co have launched the StaySafe Business App and surrounding monitoring service to provide peace of mind to their lone working agents.

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The StaySafe Business App allows Martin & Co Leeds City & Leeds North to monitor their employees’ safety and GPS location through an online Hub. The employee is able to start a timed session and alert their employer through a number of features if they face any danger.

As an office belonging to the largest letting and property management franchise in the UK, Martin & Co Leeds City & Leeds North rely on their lone workers to provide their award-winning service. Prior to working with StaySafe, Martin & Co utilised a diary system to keep track of employee safety.

However, after undertaking a review of their lone working policies they concluded they needed a more robust system in order to fully meet their duty of care as an employer. Following a two-week trial of the BS8484* accredited StaySafe app and Hub, Martin & Co decided to roll out the solution across their business. Read more

Barwon Water launch StaySafe for a more robust and unified lone worker solution.

Barwon Water (Barwon Region Water Corporation) is Victoria’s largest regional urban water corporation.

It provides high-quality water, recycled water and sewerage services to more than 298,000 permanent residents. As a major employer in the region, it has approximately 300 operational, engineering, strategic planning, financial and administrative staff.

Barwon Water launched StaySafe for all their employees in September 2016 in order to monitor employee safety whilst travelling and working alone.

Barwon Water elected to have enough licences to cover the entire workforce, despite not all employees being identified as high risk. The corporation believes all staff members have the potential to work alone. This may mean staying late in the office or a single remote site visit and, as such, Barwon Water wanted to ensure it had the ability to protect and monitor every employee if required. Read more

i-Systems

Independent IT, telecommunications and electrical service providers, i-Systems, are using the StaySafe solution to meet their duty of care to lone working employees.

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i-System engineers carry out installation and maintenance work on a flexible, project basis, sometimes working alone or in groups. Therefore, having a flexible solution that functions alongside their work pattern were crucial for the business.

Due to operating with electrics, equipment and sometimes at height, field service engineers are more at risk of workplace accidents such as electrocution and falls. This prompted i-Systems to make the switch from a manual administrating system, to the more robust and flexible StaySafe solution.

The StaySafe app enables i-Systems to monitor the location and safety status of their employees using the online hub. If an employee activates one of the app’s alerts or fails to check-in to a running session, notifications are sent via text, email and on screen via the hub. As well as a panic button facility, the StaySafe app has additional features such as discreet panic, duress pin and non-movement alerts. Read more

First Class Tailored Solutions use StaySafe to protect tutors

Remove the admin burden, increase flexibility and gain peace of mind

First Class Tailored Solutions were using text messages to keep track of their lone workers until they began working with StaySafe.

First Class Tailored Solutions is an external provider of alternative education solutions for students in challenging circumstances. Their tutors work in a range of environments from libraries and care homes to private residences. To keep their 40 tutors safe while working alone First Class were manually administrating a system whereby tutors would text their employer when they arrived safely at a venue. Tutor location, session times and texts had to be kept track of manually back at the office, which was taking up a huge amount of internal resources to administer.

After six months of the manual system, First Class decided to look for a more sophisticated solution that would be easier to manage and offer greater flexibility. After a review of the market they selected StaySafe. Read more

Joscelyne Chase

Estate Agents Joscelyne Chase use the StaySafe Business app and surrounding monitoring service to ensure that they meet their duty of care to their lone workers.

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The property industry is one of the first professions many people think of when considering lone worker safety; sadly because of some of the high-profile attacks that have happened to those working alone in the property industry.

For employees at Joscelyne Chase, based in Essex, lone working is a daily occurrence with staff showing properties, carrying out inspections, terminating tenancies and lone working in the office. Read more