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Smart safety app protects farmers and lone workers

September 24, 2020 by  
Filed under Machinery

Tech company Safepoint has teamed up with the AF Group cooperative to help protect farmers and other lone workers in the agricultural sector.

With a fatality rate some 18 times higher than other sectors, agriculture remains one of the UK’s most dangerous industries, according to the latest Health and Safety Executive report. Causes of death include contact with machinery and being struck by moving vehicles.

Recognising these risks, the AF Group has partnered with Norwich-based Safepoint – a company which has developed an app which helps keep workers safe by using an automated alarm to call for help in the event of an accident.

Safepoint chief executive Callum Coombes, who grew up on and around his grandparents’ farm, said: “Safepoint is extremely proud to be partnering with the AF Group and providing a solution which will ensure safety becomes the utmost priority for workers when out on the farm”.

Alerts can be triggered in two ways – either by a manual emergency trigger via the app or the safety button, or a time-out alert which sends an alert when a worker’s task duration expires. Alerts are sent to designated people or a call centre who can then call the emergency services.

This month also sees the launch of Safepoint’s GuardianPlus service providing a dedicated 24/7 emergency response team on hand to manage any emergency situations for those businesses that have signed up to the plan.

Based in East Anglia, Safepoint’s GuardianPlus Response Centre is a fully accredited state-of-the-art monitoring and alarm receiving centre (ARC), manned by a team of highly skilled and qualified experts, trained to deal with emergency situations.

Mr Coombs said: “Our goal at Safepoint is to make protecting your staff so easy and accessible that there’s no reason not to do it. Up until this point, businesses were responding to emergency alerts internally when using Safepoint, so we wanted to take this responsibility off their hands.”

AF Group communications project lead Michael Simnett said: “We have been looking for a system that gives farm owners and farm managers the ability to look out for the welfare of their staff, especially during tasks undertaken whilst working alone.”

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