Thursday, April 4, 2013

How Is Your Liability?

The Duty of Care and 
Why You Need to Know
By Nick Ashton, Founder, CEO, 
Tracometry Group of Companies.

Since 1998 I have been preaching this necessary characteristic of business, life and social understanding, it is our responsibility to others and always a high priority.  Logically you would think everybody would understand the need for this important factor in our society, Your Duty of Care!

Duty of Care requires everything reasonably practicable to be done to protect the health and safety of others in the workplace and anywhere basically people gather or live. This duty is placed on all employers, their employees and any others who have an influence on hazards, security and day-to-day activities in a, neighborhood, community or workplace.

The latter includes contractors and those who design, manufacture, import, supply or install plant, equipment or materials used within a workplace.
Reasonable practicable means that the requirements of the law vary with the degree of risk in a particular activity or environment, which must be balanced against the time, trouble and cost of taking, measures to control the risk.  It allows the duty of care holder requiring change in technology and knowledge to be incorporated but only as and when it is efficient to do so.  The duty holder must show that it was not reasonably practicable to do more than what was done or that they have taken reasonable precautions and exercised due diligence.

Specific rights and duties logically flow from the duty of care.  These include:

v  Provision and maintenance of safe plant and systems of work;
v  Safe systems of work in connection with plant substances;
v  Safe working environment and adequate welfare facilities;
v  Overseeing all persons under your care and recording all information regarding their daily care;
v  Information and instruction on the workplace hazards and supervision of employees in a safe workplace;
v  Disaster preparedness planning and testing of such planning;
v  Security of building and glazing from potential attacks or faults;
v  Information flow at a rate that maintains up-to-date records;
v  Simplification of record keeping with major redundancy capabilities;
v  Auditable records that are accessible and checkable in a reasonable time frame;
v  System that is usable and accessible by all.
The ‘hierarchy of control’ refers to the range of feasible options for managing the risk to health and safety. The hierarchy normally ranges over the following controls: elimination of the hazard; to choose the most efficient means for controlling a particular risk from the range of feasible possibilities.

The qualification allows those responsible to meet their duty of care at the lowest cost.  It also allows substitution with a less harmful version; its redesign; engineering controls; isolation of the hazard from people at the workplace; safe work practices; redesigning work systems; and the use of personal protective equipment and methods by people at the workplace.

This includes all information to make that right decision.  Gathering and analyzing the data to inform and allow management to be “in the know”, enabling correct and precise judgments.  Knowingly ignoring the capabilities of the information that can be collected is placing all in a libelous position.  Failure to recognize the systems and solutions today does not negate responsibility, it is still your Duty of Care.

In practical terms, you as an employer have the obligation to take reasonable care to avoid causing foreseeable harm to another person or his or her property.  The breach of Duty of Care is the failures to take reasonable care to avoid injury or damage to a person or their property in a situation where the law imposes a duty of care.  It is logical and sadly missed every single day in America’s workplace. 

Due to the activities of our enemies on September 11th 2001 the responsibility to protect your business, employees, clients and members of the public has increased by one hundred fold.  The legal liability is astounding and as any competent lawyer will tell you, you had better have taken measures against such incidents or face the consequences.

In a press release issued January 24th, 2002, Gartner Inc. in The Business Continuity Readiness Survey reports that the areas in which companies and government organizations are least prepared in are the same areas that are most likely to incur loss or damage in physical attacks.  Only 13 percent of companies’ report that they are "mostly" prepared for major loss of life; 28 percent report business continuity plans for addressing physical attacks; and 38 percent are prepared for loss of transportation infrastructure. Only 36 percent have a plan for complete loss of physical assets and workspace.

Chuck Taylor, Gartner EXP vice president and research director, said; "Scenario planning is never a pleasant exercise. However, CEOs owe it to their employees, their families and to shareholders to protect their most valuable assets -- their people -- and to ensure that business can continue even under the extreme circumstances. Business continuity should be on the agenda of every corporate board meeting.''

The Duty of Care can be your best ally or worst enemy.  To make sure all are safe from all eventualities is one thing, but to do nothing at all is total irresponsibility, especially in the field of corporate security or public liability.  The ability to secure your company to the best of your capability is available and at hand.    

Today we must document everything, store the information and have at hand for auditors or in the event of a lawsuit, for the legal beagles to sift through in a competent manner.

The instrument used by most to record their daily information is the pen and paper.  It is ubiquitous and carried by all.  Converting that written information to data has never been easier than with the Tracometry Group of Companies and is just part of our circle of fire.

At the heart of our circle is the analytics, the ability to be one step ahead of the bad guys with crime analytics, tracking, Calls for Service, Next Event Predictability, all available in our three level solutions.  Even a 24/7 availability via the Internet for the public of required street level information.  This ties in to our community solutions with the Pied Piper Project, rejuvenating communities, removal of social problems, which include utilizing all the laws on the books to spring clean society. Municipalities have monies owed sitting the hallways and streets, court order monies in fines, court charges and property taxes, our recoupeit, reuniting revenues, collects those monies which are in fact owed to the citizens indirectly. 

All this in the Tracometry Group of Companies, Circle of Fire and it is Your Duty of Care and responsibility.

                   WE are in the NOW and KEEP YOU; in the KNOW…

Call: +1 (317) 426.0110

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Stop Flopping Around!

Choosing Strategic Partners 
that Really Do Partner UP!
By Nick Ashton, Founder, CEO, 
Tracometry Group of Companies.

Ever feel like a six-armed disconnected flopping octopus? "If I only had two more working arms, I could undertake so much more!" Every entrepreneur strives to be a master multitasker, always doing numerous things at once. Strategic alliances are the finest way to extend your reach and accomplish so much more.

Listen, you cannot do everything on your own, can you?

The definition of a successful strategic alliance is a long-term partnership, it has to be a win-win situation in order to be justifiable and mutually advantageous. No one has all the answers, it is the ability to see others expertise and how you both can take advantage of each other’s merits.

How can you choose wisely? By beginning with conducting a strategic full analysis of the marketplace sectors that you current revolve in and firmly target the audiences that makes the most sense for your ability to conduct your business.

  • What are the most lucrative zones?
  • Where is the greatest opportunity for growth?
  • Understand clearly where you are, so that you can find the partners that best balance you.

Once you've done the right analysis, contemplate the following questions:
What's your gut feeling about the partner you're considering?
  • Is there “real” interaction?
  • Is there a natural fit in terms of principles, veracity, and character?
  • Do your potential partners "get it"?

That is, do they have a solid understanding of your objectives and goals, and are they genuinely excited about joining forces for an alliance and vice a versa? 

Thankfully they do! When you have team that all work from the same page and from various positive angles, still arriving at the correct and agreeable decisions, ending in the complementary results, you know you have made a wise and solid choice.

This is why the Tracometry Group of Companies has such a well-rounded relationship with all, partners, staff and clients. Our skills do not bog us down, we use our individual skill sets for the benefit of all. In our case, it is about circles, the circle of fire with all elements complementing each other.

Digital understanding of data collection and real time transference. Using the Penamatics, digital pen and paper, which is ubiquity personified. Knowing that information sharing is vital to be a success and ahead of your competition and in our crime aspects, ahead of the bad guys.

The ability to analyze data with proven unique algorithms for use in crime statistics, allowing for crime analytics, tracking, Calls for Service Data, Next Event Predictability and importantly first class results. RAIDSonline, powered by BAIR Analytics, is that complete difference in fighting crime with tools that the criminal does not have.

Data capture is one thing, criminal apprehension is another!

There are more communities nationwide that are in dire social trouble. Violence, teens killing teens, drug use and selling, domestic and child abuse, unemployment and total social-economic decline. It takes more than entitlements to reverse this disgusting landscape and pull them back to productive involvement. The Pied Piper Project does just that, we make the change, together.

Projects and services cost money, they take investment and when the coffers are reaching near empty, you must recognize what needs to be enacted and now. Collections of outstanding debts, from court imposed fines, property taxes and fees, monies owed to the community is the key to refilling the coffers with what is rightfully owed. With over twenty years of successful collections in Europe, recoupeit – reuniting revenues, has brought it’s expertise to the U.S.A. 

Municipalities and cities need all the help they can get and not even think of filing bankruptcy. It does nothing for the citizens, they are the life blood of the community with enough on their plates. It only adds a stain, increasing the blight and social distaste to all.

This is us, a core of success, with a team that is connected. The majority of the team are former members of law enforcement with analytic and computer expertise. Others are the creators of digital system, solutions and have the answers you require, no, your citizens demand! Join our circle of fire and burn off the problems and increase your social and economic status.

The Tracometry Group of Companies simply removes the FEAR FACTOR and increases the COMFORT ZONE. Revitalizing your municipality, neighborhood, communities and importantly, your citizens. 

Time is of the essence… 

There is so much that you and your partners can do together to extend your reach. 

Oh, with these workable ideas, you should be able to find strategic partners that really partner. And you'll discover that you are just an eight-armed octopus after all.

WE are in the NOW and KEEP YOU; in the KNOW… 

Call: +1 (317) 426.0110 


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Monday, April 1, 2013

Do not be fooled, start the month with a lesson...

Learning From Our Teens
By Nick Ashton, Founder, CEO, Tracometry Group of Companies.

Fifteen years in this world is nothing, unless you have made a positive change or seen what you think, needed to be addressed.  That is Kayanna Lovett has done.  We met her this last weekend on a "Stop the Madness march in Indianapolis, In.

Take a look and see if her words make a difference.  Kayanna is also a fellow Linked In subscriber.

Oh, the Stop the Madness March was a success too!

While we are on good causes, Jeff Alexander is Tee'd Up For Hunger, those in Indianapolis come tee it up too!

Call: +1 (317) 426.0110

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