The disappearance of 25-year-old Suzy Lamplugh continues to be a mystery. Quoted across the UK media today, Suzy Lamplugh’s father Paul says 'I still don't know what happened to my daughter'. Suzy went missing on 28 July 1986, while working alone as an estate agent. Her diary included an appointment to show a Fulham house to a ‘Mr Kipper’. Suzy didn’t return to the office and was not seen again. Although Scotland Yard announced in 2002 that they believed Suzy had been killed by convicted murderer John Cannan, no one has ever been prosecuted, and no remains have been discovered.
A tragedy that focused the UK on lone worker safety
Losing their daughter in this terrible way became the inspiration for Paul and Diana Lamplugh to set up the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. The Trust’s aim is to “reduce the risk of violence and aggression through campaigning, education and support.” Writing in the Telegraph today, Victoria Lambert quotes Suzy’s father ““Diana and I believed that people should get on and live a full life – not hide away – but do so safely. And to do that you need to be taught how to manage aggression from others and in yourself so that you can control your reactions. We wanted to teach personal safety as a life skill, for life.””
Victoria goes on to explain “The Trust – its motto, Live Life Safely – also provides specific advice and support for those, like Suzy, who regularly work alone and meet strangers.”
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has campaigned for, and achieved significant advancements in personal safety:
• Campaigning for private hire vehicle licensing in London.
• Helping to bring about the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
• Producing an award-winning video about safe independence for young people.
• Setting up the National Stalking Helpline. The world’s first specialist service dedicated to supporting victims of stalking.
• Delivered personal safety training to over 50,000 people since its inception.
The Trust’s website provides information about their campaigns as well as useful information on personal safety in and out of work. The Trust’s news page states “Mental health issues including stress, anxiety and depression, gave rise to the most working days lost and the most common physical or psychosocial risk cited by two-thirds of workplaces was ‘dealing with difficult customers, patients and pupils.’ This was placed higher than risks such as lifting, chemical substances, slips, trips or falls and machinery.”
Lone working is not against the law, but the law requires employers to review the health and safety implications and risks associated with these activities. Protecting lone workers is not only a legislative requirement for employers, but it is also a moral responsibility. That’s why we’ve developed Safe Hub to provide protection to lone workers in a wide range of situations in their daily working lives.
For information about the Suzy Lamplugh Trust’s Right to be Safe appeal
Find out more about the Suzy Lamplugh Trust
Read Victoria Lamberts full article here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/family/i-still-dont-know-what-happened-to-my-daughter---suzy-lamplughs/
Image courtesy of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust
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Post by George Stavrinidis
George is Chief Executive Officer of Lone Worker Solutions (LWS). He believes passionately that everyone should be protected and supported at work. George supports LWS clients to make sure they enjoy the most effective relationship with the team and maximise the effectiveness of their deployment of Safe Hub.
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At Lone Worker Solutions, it’s our business to protect employees, managers and shareholders from the risks associated with working alone. This includes the potential hazards faced by staff who work by themselves, remotely, or out-of-sight or earshot of colleagues. When it comes to safety we don't believe in a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach; instead, we tailor our solution to each organisation's exact needs.
This post has been updated to reflect recent changes and improvements to the naming of Lone Worker Solutions' platform and the safety features that it provides. Prior to 2018, Safe Hub was called LoneWorker Manager, Safe Check was called Heartbeat, and Group Alert was called Broadcast Messaging. These updates reflect advancements in the platform and help to improve end-user comprehension.