Christmas is around the corner – be sure to write your Christmas list early! Like Santa’s elves, we always appreciate as much notice as possible to complete your order in time for Christmas!

Time to make a list and check it twice! Like Santa’s elves, we always appreciate as much notice as possible to complete your order in time for Christmas!

The Christmas period is one of our busiest times of the year, and it’s fast approaching! With this in mind, it’s always a good idea to place your order as early as you can so that we can make sure your equipment arrives in time for when you need it.

“Christmas can be a tricky time of year because we can never properly anticipate what the weather is going to be like, and poor weather conditions can unfortunately have an adverse effect on delivery services,” says Guard Tour MD, Mark Parry. “Additionally, we do tend to see a large influx of orders and such a busy period can impact the speed at which we manage to get orders out to customers.

“It’s always a good idea to be as well-prepared as you can be, especially at this time of year. However, we know that, despite best intentions, pre-preparation isn’t always possible!

Whether you manage to place your order with us early or late in the season, we will endeavour to fulfil your order as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

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Guard Tour welcomes new apprentice, James, to the team

Passionate about business and skills development in the local area, Guard Tour have been proud to invest in apprenticeship programmes through Burnley College for several years.

As part of this development initiative, we have recently welcomed a new starter to the team.

James has just begun his apprenticeship in Business Administration with Burnley College, and looks forward to providing administrative support here at Guard Tour.

James’s role will be a customer-facing one, in which he will help to manage customer accounts, complete repair and purchase requests and oversee each order through to fulfilment.

“I’m really enjoying my new role here at Guard Tour, and I’ve appreciated the level of responsibility the team have entrusted me with. I enjoy contributing to team discussions and I’m revelling the fact that my contributions are heard and acknowledged.”

James will be with us in the office four days per week, dedicating one day per week to his studies at college.

Good luck in your new role, James – we’re happy to have you!

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EBS Annual Conference

This year marked the 30th anniversary of EBS, one of the largest manufacturers and developers of security systems and business automation solutions globally.

As one of the only UK suppliers of EBS’s sophisticated lone worker monitoring systems, Active Track and Active View, Guard Tour were welcomed as guests to the anniversary celebrations, held in Serock, near Warsaw, Poland on 26th & 27th September.

Reflecting on the event, managing director Mark Parry enjoyed his stay in the Hotel 4* Warszawianka:

“I was really happy to celebrate this milestone alongside EBS and others in the industry. It’s an incredible achievement when a business in any industry reaches its 30th year of operation, and the conference provided a fantastic opportunity for networking and meeting other suppliers and industry experts.”

Mark was delighted to accept the UK Sales Award on behalf of Guard Tour and Connect Security at the Polish conference:

“We all work really hard here and we really believe in the EBS security products that we supply, so it was nice to know that our efforts in the UK had been recognised.”

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Company Charged over Lone-Worker Death

Arthur Ebirim, 45, from Peckham, was overcome by carbon monoxide on 28 October 2011 as he kept a night-time watch over a disused nursing home in Taunton Vale, Gravesend, that was awaiting demolition.

His employer Anchor Services (GB) Limited was prosecuted  on the 13 February 2014 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation identified serious flaws with how the generator was used.

On the evening of 27 October Mr Ebirim was asked to guard the home alone because the usual night-time guard was unavailable. His wife raised the alarm when he failed to contact her at the end of his shift the next morning.
Company representatives went to the site but were unable to gain access to the office. The door was eventually broken down by the emergency services and Mr Ebirim was discovered slumped in a chair.

He was pronounced dead at the scene before a post mortem later confirmed carbon monoxide poisoning as the cause of death.

The HSE investigation established that the only source of carbon monoxide in the room was the petrol generator. Tests revealed it was capable of producing fatal levels.Generators of this kind are designed for outdoor use and should never be used indoors.

HSE inspectors also found that it was prone to running out of fuel in the early hours of the morning, according to a log book at the site. Refilling in the dark posed an additional safety risk because there was a greater chance of spilling petrol and causing a fire.

The court was told that Anchor Services (GB) Limited failed to assess the risks posed by the generator and also failed to implement its agreed lone working procedures on the night of Mr Ebirim’s death.

 The company, which is now in liquidation, was found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and fined £20,000, the maximum penalty available to magistrates, plus a further £35,656 in costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Melvyn Stancliffe commented:
“This was a tragic and completely avoidable death that has devastated Mr Ebirim’s wife, family and friends. Their loss is made worse by the fact he was only covering the night shift as a one off, but sadly never returned home.

“The bottom line here is that the generator should not have been used inside the building, even with the door open. Petrol generators must only be used in a well-ventilated area because they are known to emit carbon monoxide.

“The onus was on Anchor Services to keep Mr EIbirim safe, but they failed to do so.”

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IFSEC Convention Centre, The Excel Centere chooses Guard Tour

At the end of last year, we were contacted by the ExCeL centre London in relation to their patrol managment needs. The system they were using wasn’t up to scratch so they decided to contact the experts. We recommended the PES patrol solution, which offered them greater flexibility in the route-management than their current system, and logs who is using the system at any given time – saving man hours which would ordinarily be spent filling in paperwork. Our PES patrol solution has now been in place since the beginning of March, and will continue to ensure patrols are monitored during the convention.

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