News Roundup - June
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Technology is changing the way in which we drive and this has led to insurance company Admiral striking a connected car agreement that will enable it to generate video footage of a crash via Google Earth within minutes of the accident happening. Policy holders use a device that lets Admiral access data on driver behaviour. In the event of an accident, the data is run through Google’s virtual mapping service to reconstruct the incident in Admiral’s Claims Department. This move is a demonstration on how sophisticated black box technology is being increasingly adopted in mainstream cars as well as being common nowadays in fleet vehicles.
Meanwhile we’re seeing reports that young male drivers are increasingly using block box technology in order to obtain lower insurance premiums. However, despite the fact that 22% of men in the 18 – 24 age bracket have opted to install black boxes, only 14% of female drivers in the same age group have jumped on the bandwagon. Market Research company, Consumer Intelligence has disclosed that 61% of motorists would take out a telematics policy in order to lower their premiums while 59% would consider telematics if they were offered refunds for safe driving behaviour. However, research shows that two out of three drivers do not believe that telematics would become mainstream and 4% believe that telematics will become redundant as technology improves.
SHP (Safety and Health Practitioner) magazine reported that the risks faced by lone workers can be assessed and controlled with formal assessment and robust management. Dynamic Risk Assessment (DRA) is the3 spontaneous assessment that could provide lone workers with the tools they need to react to situations in a way that keeps them safe.
According to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), almost half of community nurses have been subjected to abuse during the last two years. A survey of more than 13,000 nurses working in the community disclosed that in more than 11% of cases this involved physical as well as verbal abuse. 44% of respondents felt that the risks have increased over the past two years due to increased caseloads and lack of staff, in conjunction with increased expectations from patients, an increase in out of hours work, substance misuse issues and antisocial behaviour in the areas they visit. Only 22% of community nurses said that their managers know where they are when they work alone in the community and only 34% of lone working nurses have undergone personal safety training. Even more worrying, only 13% of nurses have access to lone worker protection devices that would alert their office and then act as a recording device.