Lone workers can carry out their roles in fixed facilities or from remote sites, far from a usual workplace. Pretty much any vertical or sector can utilize lone workers on a daily basis; from construction companies, maintenance, agriculture, utilities, real estate, security, delivery and many other industries.
But who should be the one taking care of the employees who are working all alone off-site? The law clearly states that employers must protect their lone workers regardless of where they are located. Taking care of lone workers can generate certain challenges, but it can definitely be performed effectively to keep employees safe as well as increase workers’ satisfaction and therefore business profits on the long run.
Several lone workers do worry about their safety, leading to low levels of satisfaction when it comes to their jobs, and high turnover in many sectors that utilize lone workers.
There are a few regulations regarding lone workers in the United Kingdom, It is required that employers check on lone workers “at regular basis and intervals” as well as at the end of their shift or assignment.
However,it is not specified what these regular intervals must be. If a lone worker is actually injured while working within fifteen minutes of starting the shift, how long are they supposed to wait for help?
Some sectors that frequently hire lone workers have actually taken the initiative to protect their lone workers, developing tools, lone worker solutions as well as strategies to empower their lone workers to reach out when they require help.
A few of the safety alternatives currently utilized by lone workers can include:
Emergency signals when there is need for help
This involves mobile apps that provide users with the capability to notify emergency authorities that help is needed immediately. In order to make it simple in case the worker becomes disabled, all it is needed is to pull a wrist tether from an unlocked mobile phone. Emergency res-ponders can find out the location of the employee with a GPS monitoring system and access the pre-programmed personal health details before they actually arrive to the site.
A visual deterrent
Employees safety involving unknown and potentially dangerous or even aggressive individuals is always a concern. Lone workers can display visual signals to a potential aggressor, to let them know the worker has an easy and immediate access to alert the authorities. This might be as simple as a noticeably bright flag tethered to a smartphone. When lone workers go ahead and threaten to contact the police or local authorities, the attacker might actually reconsider approaching the lone worker.
A clearly audible alarm
An audible alarm can most probably be the simplest yet most effective deterrent against an individual considering harming the lone worker. There are several mobile phone apps that are available to make sound the alarm or alert quickly and easily. Some of them allow users to initiate and launch the alarm without even unlocking the mobile phone or even pressing any buttons.