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Kingdom awarded security contract with 99p Stores

clip_image002Kingdom is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a national contract to provide security to the retail company 99p Stores following a successful supplier review process by Kingdom Sales Manager Dawn Summers.

Kingdom started providing security to 99p Stores from 1st December 2014. They are providing permanent guarding to 36 stores and one distribution centre, with a particular focus on stores in London and the south, but will also be covering stores as far north as Leeds, Salford and Harpurhey.

99p Stores is a family run business which was started in 2001 by entrepreneur Nadir Lalani. It is now the UK’s second largest single price point retailer with over 250 stores nationwide and 2 million customers per week, and is now one of the UK’s favourite places to shop.

They pride themselves on their refreshingly different approach, providing their customers with the best possible value on over 4,000 items from everyday grocery, snacks and drinks to stylish homewares, essential DIY tools, stationery, kids toys, health, beauty and household products plus more. Their prices are consistently low all-year round and offer their customers the best value products and biggest brands.

99p Stores is expanding fast, with more than 30 new stores opening every year, bringing the 99p Stores shopping experience to more customers and families across the UK. Kingdom will be working in partnership with 99p Stores as they roll out their ambitious growth plans over the next 18 months. To find out more about 99p Stores, please click here.

Kingdom is an established retail security specialist with a dedicated retail division working in partnership with some of the biggest retail names to reduce shrinkage and provide a return on investment. Kingdom’s retail services range from a basic retail officer door presence to a fully managed risk and loss prevention service.

Established in 1993, Kingdom is one of the largest privately owned security companies in the UK, and has over 20 years industry experience. For more information about Kingdom’s retail security services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/retail-security/ or click here to download their online retail security brochure.

Boris Hails Kingdom Hero

clip_image002Following her success at last week’s London Leadership and Peace Awards 2014, the brave actions of one of Kingdom’s environmental protection officers, Jenna White, have been written about in London’s leading regional evening paper, the London Evening Standard.

The article, entitled “Female enforcement officer who chased down four suspects as they mugged pensioner commended” was written by the London Evening Standard’s Crime Editor Justin Davenport, and also featured on the website London News. A photograph was included with the article showing Jenna receiving her award at City Hall in London on Wednesday 10th December, standing between singer Sinitta and London Mayor Boris Johnson. The article said the following about Jenna and her actions:

A litter enforcement officer who chased and tackled four suspects after they tried to mug an old lady has won an award for courage.

Jenna White, 26, single handedly took on the four - two men and two women - as they tried to grab the pensioner’s handbag in Edmonton Green shopping centre.

Ms White called police on her radio as she ran after the group and she grabbed two of the suspects while police officers tackled the remaining two.

Employed as a litter enforcement officer for Enfield Council she said : “Instinct took over and I just took off after them. I shouted at them to stop and they all ran off together.

“I caught up with two of them and grabbed them and brought them back. It was a natural reaction but a bit out of the ordinary.

“I normally get to stop people dropping their chicken boxes on the floor.”

Ms White won the ‘courage award’ at the London Leadership and Peace awards held to celebrate Londoners judged to be “community champions.”

Backed by Boris Johnson and hosted by singer Sinitta and Tory peer Baroness Berridge, the awards included six winners from dozens of people and groups nominated by Londoners.

To read the full article in the London Evening Standard, please click here, and to read Kingdom’s write up of Jenna’s award, please click here.

Jenna was nominated for the award by Enfield Council, who were delighted with the result. Kingdom has provided environmental protection services to the council since 2009, helping to clamp down on people who drop rubbish in the borough’s streets and parks. Four wardens from Kingdom patrol the borough and are empowered to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection teams tackle street litter, dog fouling and control orders, commercial and residential waste and waste disposal checks, smoking in prohibited areas, the illegal distribution of free material, criminal damage, graffiti, fly-tipping and posting. For more information about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection services, please visit their website: http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/

Kingdom’s Jenna White wins London Leadership and Peace Award

InstagramCapture_76f22fd8-0eaa-4418-8f61-87f39d81a127Kingdom is extremely proud to announce that one of their environmental protection officers, Jenna White, won a prestigious London Leadership and Peace Award for individual courage last night and was presented the award by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

The London Leadership and Peace Awards 2014 were held at City Hall in London on Wednesday 10th December to “celebrate the outstanding contribution of Londoners and London organisations”. The event was described as an opportunity to celebrate what’s great about London and “to nominate and recognise individuals and organisations that tirelessly make a visible and tangible difference in the world’s greatest and most diverse capital!”

Jenna was nominated in the “Individual - Courage Award” category, which recognises “an individual who has shown bravery in the face of danger; resilience in overcoming adversity; or demonstrated extreme grace and forgiveness in extraordinary situations.” The nomination was made by the Leader and Chief Executive of Enfield Council, who are delighted with the result.

clip_image002The award is in recognition of Jenna’s actions in helping to catch four suspected muggers who attacked an elderly lady. Jenna was patrolling the streets of north London for litter on behalf of Enfield Council back in September when she spotted four suspected muggers running from the scene of an alleged attack where they had allegedly tried to steal an 84-year-old woman’s handbag, dragging her to the ground in the process. Jenna chased the group while simultaneously filming the pursuit on her body camera and giving a running commentary to the police on her mobile phone, who talked her through what to do. The group split up when they realised they were being followed, and Jenna subsequently stopped two members of the group and returned them to the town centre where they were arrested by police. The other two were arrested nearby by other officers. All four were charged with attempted robbery and assault. The victim required medical attention at the scene, but was thankfully unharmed following her ordeal.

Before winning this prestigious award, Jenna was given an internal commendation by Kingdom and also received a Staff Excellence Award from Enfield Council in recognition of her actions. She was presented the award by the leader of the council, Councillor Doug Taylor. Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Jenna is a credit to Kingdom and to Enfield Council. She demonstrated initiative and bravery by single-headedly chasing down and tackling a gang of criminals who were suspected of committing a cowardly assault on a defenceless pensioner in broad daylight.”

clip_image004Commenting on the award, Michael Fisher, Head of Environmental Services at Kingdom, said: “We are incredibly proud of Jenna and this award is well deserved. All of our litter wardens wear real time body cameras as part of our work to reduce street litter, but Jenna has managed to use her kit in a brave and courageous way, serving wider community interests. She is a great asset to the team. Well done Jenna!”

Kingdom has worked with Enfield Council since 2009 to help the council clamp down on people who drop rubbish in the borough’s streets and parks. Four wardens from Kingdom patrol the borough and are empowered to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection teams tackle street litter, dog fouling and control orders, commercial and residential waste and waste disposal checks, smoking in prohibited areas, the illegal distribution of free material, criminal damage, graffiti, fly-tipping and posting.

For more information about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection services, please visit their website: http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/

Kingdom praised for fast shopping centre clean-up following ram raid

clip_image002[9]Kingdom’s cleaning team have been praised following a serious incident that took place at The Atrium Shopping Centre in Camberley on Saturday 6th December. There was a ram raid at the shopping centre in the early hours of the morning which resulted in a large amount of cash being taken. The incident also caused extensive damage to the property.

Kingdom’s cleaning team, together with the shopping centre’s security team, were required to spring into action to ensure that the shopping centre was ready and in pristine condition for the trading day ahead – the first Saturday in December - which is traditionally one of its busiest of the year. They worked against the clock under extreme pressure and without any hesitation to clean up the areas, and were called in on their days off to ensure that Kingdom had their full complement of staff to complete the operation.

Commenting on the fast moving clean-up operation, Peter Simpson, Operations Director at Kingdom Clean said: “The team coped admirably in what was a great team effort in difficult circumstances, and further demonstrates that Kingdom Clean remains committed to our clients requirements and emergency procedures when needed. Narjang Gurung, the site supervisor and his team carried out a fantastic and very professional job on behalf of our client so well done to Narjang and the cleaning team at The Atrium. I am extremely proud of them all.”

Adam Talbot, the Centre Manager at The Atrium, said: “The teams had to work above and beyond today to minimise the impact to the centre and the tenants following the ram raid this morning. A big thank you to the teams for getting the centre up and running on what is one of the busiest days of the year.” JLL Chairman for Retail Management, Catherine Lambert, also wrote to thank everyone for their efforts and to say well done.

Kingdom delivers a supervisor or site-managed cleaning and maintenance service committed to using the best people, technologies and products. They add value by taking a pro-active stance towards site cleanliness and tidiness.

Kingdom provides cleaning services to commercial, leisure, transport and public circulation clients, which include basic, specialist, deep and reactive cleaning, as well as waste management, janitorial service, hygiene supplies, landscaping, high pressure cleaning, kitchen and ductwork cleaning, graffiti and chewing gum removal.

For more information about Kingdom’s cleaning services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/commercial-cleaning/ or click here to read their online brochure.

Kingdom to provide security services to Inverness Campus

imageKingdom is delighted to announce that, following a successful tender submission by their Scottish sales manager Jim Ferguson, they have been awarded a three-year contract to provide a bespoke security solutions service at the new and exciting Inverness Campus in Scotland.

Described as “a place to inspire”, Inverness Campus is one of the most ambitious projects in Scotland and will be a nationally and internationally significant location for business, research and education.

Located just off the A9 at Beechwood on the eastern edge of Inverness, the Inverness Campus is being developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and occupies 215 acres of prime development land sitting adjacent to a thriving life sciences and business community. HIE has invested £25million in the project which will provide a new home for Inverness College UHI (University of the Highlands and Islands), an enterprise and research centre, a life science building, sport facilities and a hotel. The first buildings are due to be completed in 2015 in time for the 2015-16 academic year, and once opened the Campus will offer a high quality, vibrant location for innovation, business, development, collaboration and learning. The new college will be able to accommodate more than 6,500 full-time and part-time students.

Kingdom has been actively involved on the Campus since its inception, working in partnership with both Morgan Sindall plc and Morrison Construction during the initial works phase. As well as the normal university buildings, the campus contains two main ponds incorporating ‘beaches’, weirs, walkways and pedestrian barriers. A further pond area will only fill with water after particularly heavy rain fall and there are also a number of small watercourses spanned by pedestrian bridges. These are going to be open to the public and will make the security both a challenging and interesting project for Kingdom’s Inverness team and for local Operations Manager David McMillan.

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, Kingdom has over 20 years industry experience and is one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. They have all the power of a national organisation but support their service provision from their network of regional support offices.

Kingdom has a dedicated education team with extensive experience and an in-depth understanding to meet the special demands of the education sector, focusing on the criteria that matter most to their education customers. They specialise in safeguarding people, facilities and reputations, and provide a safe place to teach and learn. For more information about Kingdom’s services for the education sector, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/security-personnel/education-sector/ or click here to download their online Education Sector brochure.

Kingdom to provide environmental protection to Gravesham Council

clip_image002Kingdom is pleased to announce that they will be providing environmental protection services to Gravesham Borough Council in Kent in the New Year.

Starting from the 19th January 2015, Kingdom will be providing specialist environmental protection officers to tackle litter and dog fouling across the borough, initially for a 12 month trial. The aim is to improve feelings of safety and wellbeing within the local environment and to address the concerns, enquiries and complaints that the council receives from residents regarding littering and dog fouling.

Kingdom provides environmental protection services to a number of councils nationwide, with Gravesham becoming their fourth council in Kent alongside Maidstone Borough Council, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Canterbury City Council. Gravesham Council decided to use Kingdom’s services after visiting Maidstone to establish how the arrangement was working from the council’s perspective and the impact that it has had in terms of street cleanliness. Their site visit to Maidstone Borough Council established that income generated from enforcement work completed has been recycled back into further ant-litter and environmental education programmes and additional street cleansing equipment such as chewing gum removal machines.

Kingdom will issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) on behalf of Gravesham Borough Council to offenders seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Dog Control Order for fouling under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. All officers will be dressed in uniform agreed between Gravesham Council and Kingdom and will have the use of video and sound through body-worn CCTV cameras. As well as patrolling Gravesend town centre, Kingdom’s officers will work on intelligence-led litter enforcement and dog fouling offences, and will visit some of the outer lying shopping areas such as Perry Street and Lion Garage.

The council will support Kingdom’s work with an anti-litter and dog fouling campaign, designed to educate and inform, with the aim of helping to encourage a change of behaviour in those members of the public who currently break the Environmental Protection Act and the Dog Control Order.

Kingdom’s environmental protection division aims to make the UK’s streets cleaner, safer and greener. It is led by experts with an ex-police and military background, and delivers over 130,000 environmental protection hours per annum on behalf of local authorities across the UK.

Kingdom tackles street litter, dog fouling and control orders, commercial & residential waste and waste disposal licence checks, smoking in prohibited areas, the illegal distribution of free material, criminal damage, graffiti, fly-tipping & post.

For more information about Kingdom’s environmental protection services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or click here to read their online brochure.

Kingdom acquires Phoenix Security

clip_image002Kingdom is pleased to announce that, as of 1st December 2014, they have acquired the business of Phoenix Security Group. Phoenix is a dynamic, privately owned company operating in the security services industry with a clear strategy of achieving customer satisfaction through employee commitment.

Based in Spalding in Lincolnshire, Phoenix has traded in the security industry since 1995, and has evolved into a well-respected, quality provider of security guards, security services, products and investigations. All of the company’s directors have worked in senior management positions for various national companies and have over 50 years experience across the security management spectrum.

Terry Barton BA Hons Law, Managing Director of Kingdom said: "The acquisition reflects our business strategy to continue our growth through retention of business, organic wins, strategic acquisition and the introduction of new services such as our new Intelligence & Specialist Support division. Phoenix represents the continued desire for Kingdom to significantly increase its market share and to develop further its current extensive customer base.

We welcome the Phoenix team into Kingdom and look forward to meeting with our new customers and maintaining the high level of service they have grown accustomed to whilst being able to provide additional services and the innovations Kingdom as a top 20 service provider can offer.

Phoenix provides security guards, alarm response and key holding, event security, CCTV installation, CCTV monitoring, alarm installation, consultancy, mobile patrols, static guards, risk management, investigations and special projects.

Established in 1993, commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom become one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. Commercially strong, Kingdom has a strategy to continually grow and strengthen by expanding their services and offering a complete support service to all customers. Kingdom has all the power of a national organisation but supports their service provision from their network of regional support offices. For more information about Kingdom, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/

Kingdom providing nationwide security to IKEA

ikeaKingdom is proud to announce a UK contract award (including Belfast) with the world’s largest furniture retailer, IKEA, as their sole security supplier.

Kingdom has been providing security to some IKEA stores since 2010 alongside three other security companies and the new award includes 18 UK stores and two distribution centres.

The robust tender process included office visits, presentation, reference checks and financial & credit checks. Kingdom was very pleased to be informed by IKEA that their textbook set of accounts received the highest marks possible.

IKEA Relationship and Kingdom Director Mark Wallace said: “Kingdom is honoured and humbled to be awarded such a prestige contract and to be selected as the sole security supplier to IKEA in the UK. This is a unique security service, tailored specifically to match the IKEA environment and work ethos, and includes manned guarding teams, mobile patrol, key holding, customer service and reception teams as well as loss prevention and return on investment analysis. It is always fantastic to retain work but to enhance a partnership reflects on the special team we have built within Kingdom to service and support our customers.”

IKEA is a multinational group of companies that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, appliances and home accessories, and since January 2008 has been the world’s largest furniture retailer. The company was founded in Sweden in 1943 by the then 17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad, and the acronym IKEA stands for Ingvar Kamprad, Elmtaryd (the name of the farm where he grew up) Agunnardyd (his home town in south Sweden). IKEA now has 364 stores in 46 countries. Their vision is “to create a better everyday life for the many people”, and their business idea is “to offer a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them”.

Kingdom is a national security supplier with a dedicated retail division that works in partnership with some of the biggest names in retail. Established in 1993, Kingdom has over 20 years industry experience and has become one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. As well as security, Kingdom also offer a range of related services including commercial cleaning, environmental protection, mobile patrol, key holding and alarm response, reception and concierge and a new intelligence division. For more information about Kingdom, please visit their website http://www.kingdom.co.uk/

Kingdom officer nominated for individual courage award

clip_image002Kingdom is delighted to announce that one of their environmental protection officers, Jenna (pictured right), has been nominated for a prestigious London Leadership and Peace Award by the Leader and Chief Executive of Enfield Council. The nomination is in the “Individual - Courage Award” category, and the council have nominated Jenna in recognition of her actions in helping to catch four suspected muggers who attacked an elderly lady back in September.

Jenna works as an environmental protection officer at Kingdom, patrolling the streets of the North London Borough of Enfield on behalf of Enfield Council. She was out on patrol when she spotted four suspected muggers running from the scene of an alleged attack where they had allegedly tried to steal an 84-year-old woman’s handbag, dragging her to the ground in the process.

On witnessing the incident and hearing a member of the public shouting for help, Jenna chased the group while simultaneously filming the pursuit on her body camera and giving a running commentary to the police on her mobile phone, who talked her through what to do. The group split up when they realised they were being followed, and Jenna subsequently stopped two members of the group and returned them to the town centre where they were arrested by police. The other two were arrested nearby by other officers. All four were charged with attempted robbery and assault. The victim required medical attention at the scene, but was thankfully unharmed following her ordeal.

Commenting on what happened, Michael Fisher, Head of Environmental Services at Kingdom, said: “We are incredibly proud of Jenna. All of our litter wardens wear real time body cameras as part of our work to reduce street litter, but Jenna has managed to use her kit in a brave and courageous way, serving wider community interests. She is a great asset to the team.”

clip_image004Before she was nominated for this prestigious award, Jenna also received a Staff Excellence Award from Enfield Council in recognition of her actions, and was presented the award by the leader of the council, Councillor Doug Taylor (pictured right). Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Jenna is a credit to Kingdom and to Enfield Council. She demonstrated initiative and bravery by single-headedly chasing down and tackling a gang of criminals who were suspected of committing a cowardly assault on a defenceless pensioner in broad daylight.”

The London Leadership and Peace Awards 2014 are being held at City Hall in London on Wednesday 10th December to “celebrate the outstanding contribution of Londoners and London organisations”. Jenna has been invited to attend the award ceremony with up to 5 guests. The event is described as an opportunity to celebrate what’s great about London and “to nominate and recognise individuals and organisations that tirelessly make a visible and tangible difference in the world’s greatest and most diverse capital!”

The Individual – Courage Award, which is the category that Jenna has been nominated in, is to recognise “an individual who has shown bravery in the face of danger; resilience in overcoming adversity; or demonstrated extreme grace and forgiveness in extraordinary situations.” The event is being co-hosted by the Peace Alliance and the Greater London Authority, and is being supported and attended by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. For more information about the London Leader & Peace Awards, please visit www.leadershipandpeaceawards.london

Kingdom has worked with Enfield Council since 2009 to help the council clamp down on people who drop rubbish in the borough’s streets and parks. Four wardens from Kingdom patrol the borough and are empowered to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection teams tackle street litter, dog fouling and control orders, commercial and residential waste and waste disposal checks, smoking in prohibited areas, the illegal distribution of free material, criminal damage, graffiti, fly-tipping and posting. For more information about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection services, please visit their website: http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/

Kingdom launches new Intelligence Division

intelligence-twoKingdom has launched a new intelligence division which aims to help you make informed decisions about your environment, your people and your business. The new division will advise you on three key areas including cyber security, activism and global travel advice. We are also offering specialist operations support services.

Our new intelligence team includes recognised experts in their chosen field, with backgrounds in the MOD, Police and Intelligence Services who will work with you from project inception through all stages of the operational cycle to maturity or decommissioning. They are supported by a “help desk team” to ensure your enquiry is handled with the upmost integrity.

This is a fully holistic, multi layered intelligence service and is an unrivalled solution available from Kingdom in response to fast changes in both the world and security markets. This service has been created because businesses are facing an ever evolving and hardening threat from multiple vectors on all fronts. This threat is persistent, technically complex, sophisticated, and well resourced. Our combination of physical, information and personnel security measures is the most effective way to secure a business and by engaging our intelligence led services we will help your business better understand the threat so that you are able to make informed decisions to help reduce the risk.

Following the introduction of this new service changes have been made to our website, so you can access the new intelligence division from the Kingdom website homepage. You can find out more information by visiting http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/intelligence/ or by clicking here to read our new intelligence division online brochure, or here to watch our new video.

Kingdom awarded Constructionline accreditation

ConstructionlineKingdom is pleased to have been awarded accreditation by Constructionline, a UK government certification service designed to reduce duplication and improve efficiencies for both suppliers to the construction industry and buyers of construction services. The certificate is valid until September 2015.

Described as the “common sense solution for both sides of the tender”, Constructionline pre-qualify all of their suppliers to government standards. This means that suppliers do not then have to repeatedly fill in standard pre-qualification forms every time they tender, and buyers don’t have to sift through pre-qualification data and keep it up to date. Instead, both sides of the deal can bypass these problems, saving everyone time, money and hassle in the process.

Constructionline is a Public-Private Partnership between Capita and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. Their national online database is the UK’s largest register for pre-qualified contractors and consultants. Over 8,000 buyers and over 18,000 pre-qualified suppliers make up this database. To find out more about Constructionline, please click here to visit their website.

With over 20 years’ experience, Kingdom is one of the largest privately owned security companies in the UK. They have a dedicated civil engineering and construction team with extensive experience and an in-depth understanding of the construction sector.

Kingdom specialises in the protection of people, property, plant and materials and focus on the criteria that matter most to their customers. They maintain an inventive but orderly approach to construction projects and offer a flexible range of services and solutions that make a difference.

For more information about Kingdom’s Civil Engineering and Construction security services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/security-personnel/civil-engineering-construction/ or click here to read their online Civil Engineering & Construction Sector brochure.

Monthly Health and Safety Bulletin–Issue No. 003

Health & Safety Alerts

clip_image002[4]Congratulations, only 1 accident reported throughout October 2014. The most common Health & Safety accident and near miss reports received at Kingdom still remain ‘Slips, Trips and Falls’. A lot of these are the result of taking unnecessary risks, sometimes with the best of intentions but, none the less, unnecessary.

Don’t take those risks; Think Safe, Work Safe, Home Safe.

Complete your Shield Training (revisit modules as often as you feel necessary) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Legislation Updates

No legislation updates applicable to Kingdom’s industry sectors this month.

Previous updates. The recent update of RIDDOR, the ‘Common Sense – Common Safety’ report by Lord Young of Graffham, can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/common-sense-common-safety-a-report-by-lord-young-of-graffham

A recent review of the Health & Safety at work Act 1974 was completed by Professor Löfstedt entitled ‘Reclaiming health and safety for all’ can be found at www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/66790/lofstedt-report.pdf

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Case Study of a Risk Assessment

Stockline Plastics explosion

clip_image002On 11 May 2004, the ICL Plastics factory (commonly referred to as Stockline Plastics factory), in the Woodside district of Glasgow in western Scotland, exploded. Nine people were killed, including two company directors, and 33 injured, 15 seriously. The four-storey building was largely destroyed.

The cause:

Poor maintenance resulting in an ignition of gas released by a leak in a pressurised petroleum gas pipe.

The HSE Report concluded:

  • Failure to maintain pipes carrying hazardous gas.
  • Failure to ensure the safety of staff and visitors.
  • Failure to carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessments.

The hazard posed by pressurised petroleum gas appears to have ignored as was the need for maintenance work so they did not Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions resulting in the fatal explosion.

Court Action:

The HSE took ICL Plastics and ICL Tech Ltd to the Criminal Court, the companies both admitted liability and each were fined £200,000.

Conclusion:

Risk Assessment is critical, it’s the cornerstone of providing a safe working environment

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Dispel the myth (Health & Safety getting wrongly blamed again)

Pub bans confetti

Issue: A sign at a pub says: "Customers please note: due to confetti being a health and safety issue, unfortunately we are requesting that you do not use any. Sorry for the inconvenience."

Panel decision: This is not and never was a health and safety issue. It is encouraging to note that after contact from HSE the pub manager has agreed to take the sign down. If the pub wants to ban confetti because of the clean up problems it creates that is their decision but they can’t hide behind the veil of health and safety!

View more myths at www.hse.gov.uk/myth/index.htm

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clip_image004Short Quiz

What does COSHH stand for?

A.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health

B.

Careful of Substances Harmful to Health

C.

Control of Spillages Hazardous to Health

D.

Control of Substances Hurtful to Health

What type of training is most likely to reduce back injuries when

handling materials and loads?

A.

1st aid training

B.

Forklift truck training

C.

Weight training

D.

Manual handling training

How can workers best contribute to a positive safety culture in the workplace?

A.

They should know how to complete work quickly if things go wrong

B.

They should report unsafe conditions after an accident has occurred

C.

They should report any unsafe conditions as soon as possible

D.

They should know the location of the first aid kit and accident book

Answers to last month’s quiz: (1) = B, (2) = A (3) = C

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Got a question for the Health & Safety Department?

Email it to Health&Safety@kingdom.co.uk

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Do you want to get involved?

Become a local Health & Safety ‘Champion’

  • Join a project group or
  • Provide comment on a project or
  • Create a case study on your site or
  • Provide comment on an HSE legislation update

Your involvement can be kept to a minimum, it won’t impede on your work or leisure time.

You will receive full assistance and advice from the Health & Safety Department.

You will gain a greater understanding of the application of Health & Safety Law.

Your involvement will be recorded as a positive action in your personnel file.

We are looking for persons from all the divisions within Kingdom, regional representation from all Branches.

With your help and assistance, together we can identify the best practices to ensure a safer workplace and you’ll get the satisfaction of saying “I helped make that happen”

Register your interest at Health&Safety@kingdom.co.uk

Kingdom supervisor praised for tackling gunman

security-personnel-twoAn off duty Kingdom supervisor has been praised for this role in helping armed police to apprehend a gunman in Stoke.

Dave Craggs, who is a Kingdom area supervisor in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, was off duty shopping in his local area when an incident occurred.

According to the report in the local newspaper, The Sentinel, Staffordshire Police initially received reports of an individual waving a gun at customers in the Go Eat Cafe on Trentham Road – close to Longton, at lunchtime on the 12th November.

Armed response officers were deployed immediately due to the potential threat. The 41-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent then entered a nearby bookmakers before he was arrested in Longton’s Home Bargains discount store with what was thought to be an air gun.

Nobody was injured, but shoppers were left in shock by the event, and police remained in the area afterwards to offer reassurance to the community and to support those approached by the man.

The Sentinal’s report detailed Dave’s involvement in the incident:

One shopper, who wished to remain anonymous, claims to have seen the incident in Home Bargains.

The eye witness said he saw an unarmed security guard help the police in detaining the suspect.

He said: “The police had got him on the floor and were struggling to cuff the man, but then one of the security guards came over to help.

“He knelt on the man’s back which enabled the police to get his arms up behind his back and arrest him.”

The shopper has also called for the security guard to be praised.

He added: “It was a pretty bad situation and I though the security guard should be recognised for his help. Not many people would get involved with a potentially armed suspect.”

To read The Sentinel’s full coverage of the event, please click here.

Dave showed great courage in assisting armed police to apprehend the gunman, and as a result of his actions has been awarded a £100 bonus.

Staffordshire Police are continuing their investigation and have appealed for witnesses over the incident. Anyone with information should contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 298 of November 12. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Kingdom welcomes new Operations Manager

Satia PicKingdom is delighted to welcome Satia Rai to the company as the new Operations Manager for the Midlands.

Satia started at Kingdom at the beginning of November in her new role which has a particular focus on customer care and retail, and will utilise her particular strengths in the areas of people centred service delivery and using technology to ensure an efficient service.

Satia has a wealth of experience in the security industry, having spent 15 years working in a range of security related roles. She has extensive operational experience in leading and developing large teams.

Satia has been recognised twice with awards by the BSIA (British Security Industry Association), firstly in 2012 in the Best Use of Technology category, and then again the year after in 2013 in the Best Team category.

Outside of work, Satia is very family orientated and enjoys going to the theatre and live concerts. She also enjoys travelling, and lists her favourite cities as Rome, London and San Francisco.

Welcome to Kingdom, Satia!

Kingdom providing security at Cardiff University

Cardiff University

Kingdom is delighted to have been awarded the contract to provide security services to Cardiff University’s Health Library at the Cochrane Building, Heath Park. Kingdom will be providing manned guarding to the prestigious university for three years.

Situated in the capital of Wales and its largest city, Cardiff University was founded in 1883 and has established itself as one of Britain’s leading research universities.

It is a member of the Russell Group, a group of 24 leading UK research intensive universities. It currently ranks amongst the top 25 universities in the UK, and among the top 125 universities in the world.

Cardiff is the 12th largest university in the UK in terms of student numbers, with over 28,500 students enrolled from over 100 different countries and a range of backgrounds. To find out more about Cardiff University, please visit their website http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/

Kingdom is a dedicated and experienced national security supplier, and is one of the largest privately owned security companies in the UK. Established in 1993 to influence and inspire the security marketplace, Kingdom specialises in safeguarding people, facilities and reputations.

Kingdom’s dedicated education team has extensive experience and an in-depth understanding to meet the special demands of the education sector, providing a safe place to teach and learn.

For more information about Kingdom’s security services for the education sector, click here to visit their website, or here to read their online brochure.