Circle Housing Property Services has introduced MySOS Mandown personal safety devices from Skyguard.
Circle Housing Property Services (CHPS) is an in-house property maintenance team providing services to Circle Housing’s regional providers. It employs around 115 lone-working tradesmen across a large geographical area, with a consequent risk of workplace injury or assault.
To mitigate the risk to its workers, CHPS adopted the MySOS Mandown devices – a small, discreet and easy-to-use personal safety alarm, featuring GPS, GPRS and Mandown technologies. When a user raises an alarm, an alert is instantly sent to Skyguard’s incident management centre (IMC) along with the GPS location of the device. A controller at the IMC will first listen in and assess the situation, before talking to the user and taking the appropriate action.
Mark Perkins, health and safety manager, Circle Housing Property Services, said, “We used to have a phone-in system for lone worker protection but this was complicated and cumbersome and because of those factors, it was not always used correctly.
“The direct access to the emergency services’ control rooms was an important factor when deciding to buy the Skyguard service. The response received to activation calls and accidental man down alarms has been fast and accurate which gives confidence in the support offered should there be a genuine incident.”