In some cases other people may be close by, such as a cleaner working by themselves in a city office building. In other cases the employee could be in a remote location, such as a researcher undertaking field work by themselves in a national park.
Three broad groups of lone workers whose activities involve a large percentage of their working time operating situations without the benefit of interaction with other workers or without supervision are those:
It should also be noted that many of the problems of lone working could also apply to pairs of workers who work in isolated areas.
|Taxi Drivers||Abusive customers, road rage, violence|
|Social workers, institution staff, community workers||Abusive / violent patients / clients/ relatives, manual handling (lifting) injuries|
|Electrical/Maintenance workers||Electric shocks, trips, cuts, falls, accidents, confined spaces|
|Emergency services, security workers||Abuse, violence, robbery, traffic hazards, accidents, biological hazards, falls, burns, toxic exposures|
|Farm/forestry/horticultural workers||Animal attacks, weather, machinery accidents, chemicals, falling trees|
|Home help, care assistants, cleaners||Falls, injury, lifting, injuries from garbage handling, infections, needle sticks, chemicals, violence, robbery|
|Domestic and Family Violence||Adverse behaviour|
|Meter readers, delivery, postal workers||Animal attacks, abusive customers, violence, robbery, accidents|
|Nursing staff||Manual handling injuries, abusive/violent patients, drug handling, robbery, violence|
|Parking attendants||Robbery, violence, abuse, vehicle fumes|
|Shop/service sector workers||Robbery, violence, abuse, manual handling injuries|
|Public workers||Confined spaces, toxic gases, biohazards, slips and falls|
|Transport workers||Abuse, road rage, violence, robbery, road accidents, falling asleep at the wheel|