Violence at work

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    Keeping utility workers safe: alarm monitoring technology is key

    Utility workers out in the field maintaining our electrical and gas supply networks can be at risk of accidents and aggression from the public, making it vital to have the right technology for raising the alarm and identifying their location.

    By Rebecca Pick, Pick Protection on 12 May 2023

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    Abuse of shopworkers is rising: we need to up our game

    With Usdaw’s annual survey showing abuse against shopworkers is higher than pre-pandemic levels, it’s vital that government, retail employers, police and the courts work more closely together to make shops safer for staff.

    By Paddy Lillis, Usdaw union on 02 May 2023

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    The camera never lies

    Body worn cameras are increasingly being issued to staff at risk of violence and aggression, providing both a visible deterrent to potential aggressors and a means of reassurance to vulnerable employees.

    By Chris Allcard, Reliance Protect on 02 May 2023

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    Shopworkers deserve greater protection from violence

    Violence, threats and abuse against shopworkers has been a growing problem in recent years, which was made much worse by the coronavirus pandemic.

    By Paddy Lillis, Usdaw union on 14 December 2021

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    Paramedics to wear body cams to reduce attacks on frontline workers

    Ambulance crews in England will be provided with body cameras as part of an NHS crackdown to reduce attacks on staff.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 02 June 2021


    Raising the bar for prison safety: a case study

    Sodexo Justice Services was recently awarded the British Safety Council’s five star audit for five of its prisons. Belinda Liversedge is granted access behind the bars at HMP Addiewell, an all-male high security prison in Scotland, to find out how they did it.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 26 June 2019

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    POA says jail time for prison officer attack ‘appropriate’

    The Professional Trades Union for Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers (POA) has approved a court’s decision to order a prisoner who assaulted his officer to four years’ extra jail time.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 12 June 2019