HSE awards lone worker device contract
Safe Shores Monitoring has been awarded a contract by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to provide lone worker protection devices to some of its staff.
The security specialist will provide its lone worker protection system to 360 HSE inspectors, who investigate and enforce health safety rules around the country.
The GPS-enabled device is able to work in weak signal areas and connects to a state-of-the-art alarm receiving centre (ARC), which operates 365 days a year, at the push of a button.
Safe Shores Monitoring’s ARC staff are highly experienced and trained to locate the user, listen to the call and brief emergency services as required.
As part of the deal, the company has also customised the system for the HSE with a range of risk control measures, clock functions and management reporting tools.
This contract is one of a number of recent new business wins for Safe Shores Monitoring, which is now helping to protect an additional 2,000 lone workers, with potential for this to rise to 5,000 under the terms of the agreements.
“Lone workers face risks that traditional office-based workers don’t. These can include threats from the public or accidents when on the road or out in the community,’ said company Chief Executive, Tom Morton.
“This deployment means responses to situations affecting HSE inspectors are significantly quicker since the callers are immediately identifiable and are not subject to questioning delays traditionally incurred by the 999 system.
“The HSE is the body responsible for ensuring that companies meet their duty of care to employees which makes their use of Safe Shores Monitoring to assure the safety of their inspectors is particularly important,” added Mr Morton.
In addition to the HSE contract, other recent wins include a new agreement with Capita to deliver elements of the outsourcing giant’s criminal justice service across England and Wales.
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