Height Safety Company Pure Safety Group Aquires Checkmate In The U.K.

Acquisition is the third in the past year, establishing Pure Safety Group as the world’s largest independent provider of safety equipment, training and resources for workers at height

Pure Safety Group (PSG), now the world’s largest independent provider of height safety equipment, training and resources, has announced that it has acquired UK-headquartered Checkmate Lifting and Safety Ltd., the leading innovator, designer and manufacturer of lifting and height safety equipment, including its product and patent portfolio, installation and training businesses.

The acquisition of Checkmate continues PSG’s plan to expand its full line of height safety offerings, particularly its premium line of products, and extend its global reach. Checkmate is a prime addition to PSG being a product innovation powerhouse with a premium products portfolio including self-retracting lifelines, horizontal lifelines, harnesses, and descent and rescue products. Pure Safety Group will leverage the combined range of all its product brands to extend its offerings to its growing global network.

The acquisition is PSG’s third in the past year; in August 2017, the company purchased Guardian Fall Protection, based in Seattle, and Web Devices, based in Houston.

Checkmate’s 100 employees and its production facilities and offices will remain in the UK. Checkmate was founded by Paul Auston in 1979 and owned by Paul and his son Oliver, who has been CEO of Checkmate since 2006. Paul Auston has a global reputation for his expertise in height safety and sling products and will remain as a consultant to the business, particularly in the marine shipping market, where he has deep industry connections, and to ensure customer continuity during the transition. Oliver Auston will manage the company’s integration into PSG and the UK operations, and become Chief Innovation Officer of PSG, leading product research, design and development across the Pure Safety Group companies. Oliver will be a shareholder in the expanded PSG group.

“We were looking for a partner that would allow us to bring our products and design innovation to more users globally, to save more lives,” said Oliver Auston, “while retaining the strong employee culture that has made our success possible.” Auston adds that the company will immediately ramp up production to meet the needs of the global market as part of PSG.

“Checkmate is recognized as an innovator in the height safety industry, with a 40-year history of design breakthroughs and 70 patents granted or pending,” said Brad Gates, CEO of PSG. “It brings a significant, impressive pipeline of impending new products into our growing proprietary portfolio that we offer customers in several industries, including construction, general industry, oil and gas, energy and utilities.”

Gates adds that Checkmate’s commitment to developing products that meet or exceed ANSI voluntary standards also aligned with PSG’s recent commitment to being a standards leader in the industry. Last month, PSG announced ANSI Z359.18 compliance for several anchor products including details behind the testing that is performed in their accredited ISO 17025 laboratory and witnessed by a Professional Engineer.

About Pure Safety Group
Pure Safety Group™, parent company of Guardian Fall Protection, Web Devices and now Checkmate, is the world’s largest independent provider of height safety equipment and training. PSG’s leadership team including industry veterans such as Brad Gates, Kevin Coplan, Pat Velasco, Anders Pettersson, and Roland Schylit have deep experience as innovators, thought leaders and business builders in the global height safety industry. Their decades of experience and combined strengths, along with the talent and technology of the teams at Pure Safety Group facilities across the world, have quickly built the company into the global source for keeping workers safe at height. Learn more at www.puresafetygroup.com.

Are You Ready To Be The Unexpected Hero?

ZOLL’s Virtual Rescue
In 2002, ZOLL® launched the AED Plus® defibrillator with real-time CPR feedback through Real CPR Help®. For the first time, rescuers received feedback for high-quality CPR. Today more than half a million AED Plus automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are providing medics and lay rescuers everywhere with the best support when treating victims of cardiac arrest.

The new ZOLL AED 3™ takes our Real CPR Help® technology to the next level with enhancements that can help further support the delivery of high-quality CPR. It delivers unmatched support for rescuers together with low total cost of ownership.

CPR required
The current guidelines of resuscitation councils throughout the world are clear: Successful defibrillation must be supported by high-quality CPR. But what is high-quality CPR? The Guidelines call for chest compressions at a rate of 100 to 120 per minute at a depth of 5 to 6 centimeters.

So how can rescuers tell if they are in compliance? The importance of early, uninterrupted chest compressions is emphasized throughout the Guidelines. Rescuers should not have to guess. They need certainty, and that certainty may well give them the power to save a life.

Like all of ZOLL’s defibrillators, the ZOLL AED 3 is equipped with Real CPR Help to let rescuers know, in real-time, when they are in compliance with the Guidelines.

Performing CPR in Virtual Reality
ZOLL has developed a CPR training application in Virtual Reality – this allows users to experience the power of Real CPR Help with our new ZOLL AED 3 in an exciting, virtual world.

Stop by our stand R410 at the Safety and Health Expo and become an “Unexpected Hero” in ZOLLs virtual rescue or experience ZOLL’s Real CPR Help through one of our VR telephone Apps which will be available for download at our stand.

Come and take the Virtual Rescue at the Safety and Health Expo – ZOLL Medical will be located at stand R410.

Safety and Health Expo (19 – 21 June 2018), Excel London

NCP Choose SoloProtect

As the UK’s number one car park operator, NCP has more car parks than any other UK company supplying millions of customers with parking solutions.

NCP has approximately 1,000 lone workers nationwide and is focused on ensuring their workforce is fully prepared should anything happen. Many of NCP’s car parks are linked to a 24/7 helpline but to ensure staff can deliver a professional and helpful customer service, NCP has invested in a programme of regular and thorough training for all staff members, and partnered with SoloProtect to deploy a lone worker solution.

Benefits of the SoloProtect Solution:

  • Discreet wearable device
  • BS 8484:2016 approved
  • EN 50518 Compliant ARC (in-house)
  • Complete end-to-end service provider • Designed and manufactured in the UK


Alone, Together

With such a high proportion of lone workers around the country, NCP wanted a product that would help them protect and care for their staff at all times.

Rupert Abercrombie, Head of Operations – North explains, ‘We have a high proportion of lone workers at NCP and they face a variety of risk, therefore, it’s hugely important we have precautions in place to protect our staff. We’re keen to ensure that all NCP lone workers have access to a SoloProtect Ione worker device’

Identicom is the only lone worker device specifically designed as an identity card holder, it’s easy to wear and discreet to use. It contains mobile-phone (GSM) technology and in the event a worker requires assistance the device enables a 24/7 link to a state-of-art Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC). It offers protection to staff who work alone and is designed to fit a range of personnel and lone worker applications; whether primarily facing ‘People Risk’ (arising from social interaction – potential verbal abuse and attack) or an ‘Environmental Risk’ (potential for incapacitation, commonly referred to as a ‘Man Down’ (incapacitation), due to illness or a sudden trip or fall).

NCP chose the SoloProtect Identicom for a number of reasons but its discreet buy phentermine yahoo answers appearance and focus on customer service were big selling points. NCP has been extremely happy with the service offered by SoloProtect as Rupert explains, ‘SoloProtect have been there for us right from the start, through implementation, assisting us with any issues, training and helping us drive usage. The service from the ARC when a genuine “Red Alert” occurs has been excellent.’

The, BS 8484:2016 accredited, SoloProtect Identicom device is supported by an elite, EN 50518 compliant, in-house ARC that uses the latest alarm handling technology to ensure that audio alarms from an alert are presented to our operators quickly and efficiently. Every second counts in a genuine ‘Red Alert’ situation; so, enabling a highly trained operator to listen to, assess, and record, the lone worker alarm as soon as possible is imperative.

By investing in a brand new, purpose built ARC that meets new, more stringent European Standards, SoloProtect take lone worker protection to a whole new level. Both in terms of the quality of our infrastructure and staffing, but also with regards to the level of reporting a SoloProtect customer can tap into.

The SoloProtect Solution is designed to provide unparalleled lone worker protection, Rupert stated:

‘NCP takes the health and wellbeing of its employees very seriously. Iden com is there for our staff in the event of an emergency but it also gives them the peace of mind and confidence to carry out their jobs to the best of their ability when working alone.’

SoloProtect provide Identicom lone worker devices to NCP as part of a SoloProtect Solution. All SoloProtect solutions are BS 8484:2016 approved guaranteeing a police escalation, one level above a 999 call where appropriate. Every SoloProtect solution includes the Identicom, or SoloProtect ID device, inclusive billing, 24/7/365 manned monitoring, SIM card, mobile network usage, device training and monthly reporting.

For more information please visit www.SoloProtect.com/uk

Send For Help Director Elected Chairman Of BSIA Lone Worker Section

Will Murray, Marketing Director of leading lone worker protection provider, Send For Help Group, has been elected to Chair the BSIA’s Lone Worker Section.

The appointment means that the Group now occupies an unprecedented three spaces on the Section Committee, with each subsidiary brand receiving representation.

Operations Director, Ricardo Pombo and IMC Operations Manager, Nick Shea will be attending future BSIA meetings on behalf of Peoplesafe and Skyguard respectively. Will Murray will continue to represent Guardian24. Read more

Automotive Component Supplier eradicates compressed air for removing debris

DURA Automotive Systems is an independent designer and manufacturer of automotive components, including control systems, exterior systems and lightweight structural systems. DURA markets its automotive products to Global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), including leading Tier 1 automotive suppliers.

At Dura Automotive Body & Glass Systems, based in Birmingham (UK) they manufacture products that includes Steel and Aluminium Doors, Impact Beams, Glass Encapsulation, Plastic Cappings, Exterior Trim and Electric Park Brakes. Read more

JJ Food Service uses Sentinel Systems to improve vehicle safety

National wholesalers and independent food specialists, JJ Food Service, has recently worked with Sentinel Systems to install safety camera and recording devices onto their vehicles.

Vehicle safety specialists, Sentinel Systems, were asked to install camera safety systems onto 40 of JJ Food Service’s vehicles so its drivers can manoeuvre more precisely and safely. Sentinel has installed five-channel camera systems onto JJ Food Service’s 7.5 ton and 18 ton vehicles. Read more

Hard line HSE prosecution strategy may push firms into bankruptcy

The Health & Safety Executive risks pushing companies into bankruptcy by accusing firms of the committing the most serious offences when they have in reality committed lesser breaches, a leading lawyer has warned.

Speaking on the eve of Safety and Health Expo at ExCel, London, Vikki Woodfine, Partner at law firm DWF LLP and Lead Commentator for Wolters Kluwer professional Health and Safety information service Croner-i, said some companies could be forced to the wall by fines that could see medium sized firms fined up to £4m for health and safety offences. Read more

New ‘Assure’ SOS Tracker from Watchovers Offers Great Value for Lone Workers

Latest model from WatchOvers proves there’s no need for budget-conscious mobile tech fans to compromise on quality.

Make way for a new slim mobile watch phone, specially designed to be budget friendly and easy to use. Offering GPS and SOS technology alongside a series of exceptional features, the Assure represents the next frontier in modern mobile watch phones. It is stand alone phone bypassing the need for the wearer to also carry a mobile phone or any other device. Read more

UK Door and window company the perfect alternative to compressed air

Formed in March 2003, and operating originally from a small Industrial Unit on the outskirts of Rochdale, Performance Doorset Solutions (www.pdsdoorsets.co.uk) or PDS was initially established to service the Construction Industry with purpose made GRP Doorsets.

Founded against a background of longstanding experience within the joinery sector and identifying quality, service and value as key cornerstones to its development, PDS has rapidly become a market leader in this sector and moved into a purpose-built location in Littleborough, Lancashire. Here there is room for the company to expand, something which has recently been boosted by adding Timber Doorsets, Timber Windows and made to measure joinery. Read more

Croner Provide Health And Safety Courses To Educate All Levels Of Staff

Between 2015/16, it was reported that 621,000 injuries occurred at work, contributing to 30.4 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury (HSE).

There are serious consequences, other than substantial fines, for employers falling foul of their obligations, with many recent cases resulting in imprisonment. Read more