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HEALTH & SAFETY


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HOTA


ENSURING SAFETY FOR REMOTE CREW IS SIMPLY GOOD BUSINESS


Companies operating in all sectors realise that retaining the most expert, knowledgeable staff is simply good business. Experienced team members often perform duties more efficiently than junior staff and typically have more know- how to draw upon when faced with challenging situations.


The diversity of activities that workers need to carry out in this industry is wide-ranging. It includes engineers to ecologists, installation crews to construction workers and of course maintenance personnel and operators who work on wind farms on a regular basis. These activities typically take place in far- flung, sparsely populated areas often with limited or non-existent terrestrial or GSM mobile communications.


ESSENTIAL OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENT Gavan Murphy, Director of Marketing EMEA at satellite technology pioneer Globalstar says: “Improving working conditions and welfare for remote crews, in particular those working in potentially hazardous environments, has moved up the agenda to become an essential operational requirement.”


To add to the safety imperative, emergency rescues offshore can require specialist support such as an air ambulance. All told, remote crew require a communications system they can trust, rain or shine, 24/7, to guarantee an always-on link with colleagues.


A satellite-based communications solution offers the only viable communications lifeline.


GPS MESSENGER


SPOT Gen3 from Globalstar is a rugged, pocket-sized, affordable personal GPS messenger that helps users stay connected via satellite even where there is poor or no mobile phone signal. If a worker needs help urgently, with the single press of a button, first responders are alerted, the worker’s GPS co-ordinates are transmitted and a rescue operation is initiated.


INCREASING INTEREST


The company has seen increasing interest from businesses to better help them fulfill their duty of care obligations to lone workers, including Northumbrian Water Group. The regional water provider has deployed over 300 SPOT Gen3 devices to enhance the safety of 1,500 employees who carry out checks on reservoirs in remote areas.


POSITIVE FEEDBACK


Northumbrian Water HealthSafety and Environment Consultant Team Leader Diane Somerville commented: “Ensuring the safety and well-being of our staff is an extremely high priority for Northumbrian Water Group and it helps us attract and retain skilled employees. Feedback from staff on the new solution and SPOT has already been overwhelmingly positive.


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