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, and this is where our lone worker safety solutions are invaluable.
|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|