Lone Worker Solutions

‘Working alone’ is working anywhere a person is unable to get immediate assistance from colleagues or other people.

Lone worker safety is a global issue

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:

1. Working alone on a site

2. Working away from base

3. Homeworkers (including “outworkers”)

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.

Examples of who is at risk

Abusive customers, road rage, violence

Abusive / violent patients / clients/ relatives, manual handling (lifting) injuries

Electric shocks, trips, cuts, falls, accidents, confined spaces

Abuse, violence, robbery, traffic hazards, accidents, biological hazards, falls, burns, toxic exposures

Animal attacks, weather, machinery accidents, chemicals, falling trees

Falls, injury, lifting, injuries from garbage handling, infections, needle sticks, chemicals, violence, robbery

Adverse behaviour

Animal attacks, abusive customers, violence, robbery, accidents

Manual handling injuries, abusive/violent patients, drug handling, robbery, violence

Robbery, violence, abuse, vehicle fumes

Robbery, violence, abuse, manual handling injuries

Confined spaces, toxic gases, biohazards, slips and falls

Abuse, road rage, violence, robbery, road accidents, falling asleep at the wheel