What is a Lone Worker?

Posted by Kyle | Posted on 12 Oct 2021

A lone worker is anybody who works by themselves without close or direct supervision. Anybody who works alone – whether they’re a contractor, employee, or self-employed person – is classed as a lone worker. It’s important to consider the risks your lone workers face so you can keep them safe in the workplace. Lots of employers choose devices like the Lone Alarm to protect their staff.

Who is a Lone Worker?

There are many different sectors that employ lone workers. Lone worker alarms can benefit all of them by putting their minds at ease while working alone.

Construction – Lone workers in the construction industry face lots of hazards. Protect your employees from the risks of working at height or with hazardous machinery.

Security – Lone Alarms can put lone security workers’ minds at ease. Take the worry away from working alone, especially at night.

Healthcare – Healthcare face risks of violence and abuse from both patients and visitors. Keep them safe in the workplace and the community.

Travel – Those who travel for work face extra risks. Lone Alarms can put them and their employers at ease.

Retail – Retail workers can be vulnerable to assault or theft. Those who open and close premises alone are most at risk.

Community – Keep social workers and housing officers safe while they work with the public.

Education – Teachers, support staff, and maintenance workers can all benefit from lone worker alarms.

Logistics – Protect employees working in logistics, transport, distribution, and delivery.

How to Protect Lone Workers

Every employer is responsible for conducting a risk assessment. This is a process of identifying and assessing risks associated with a job role carried out by a worker. When carrying out a risk assessment for lone working staff, you must consider hazards related to the work being carried out, the people they meet and the different environments they travel and work in. The purpose of the assessment is to identify how to control health and safety risks for all employees. This is especially important for lone workers.

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Risk Assessment

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advises employers to follow these five steps when carrying out a workplace risk assessment:

  1. Identify hazards, i.e. anything that may cause harm.
  2. Decide who may be harmed, and how.
  3. Assess the risks and take action.
  4. Make a record of the findings.
  5. Review the risk assessment.

Protect Lone Workers with Lone Alarms

Lone Alarms can protect lone workers from the hazards they face in the workplace. If a lone worker needs help for any reason, they can raise the alarm quickly and easily. Just press and hold the two buttons on the Lone Alarm. This will raise an alert in our 24-hour Monitoring Centre. A member of our expert team will respond and arrange help.

Every Lone Alarm contains a GPS locator. This allows the team to send assistance to the worker’s exact location. The alarm also contains a built-in microphone and speaker, so the worker can tell the Monitoring Team what has happened.

Get Yours Today

To order your Lone Alarms or find out more about the service, call our friendly team on 01603 576 312.

 

Editor’s Note: This article was updated on 12th October 2021.

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