Why Lone Worker Safety is More Important Than Ever

why lone worker safety is important

Job roles such as postal workers, security guards, traffic wardens, estate agents, cleaners etc could all find themselves working alone for long period of time without direct supervision. Lone working roles also span across many industries and it is estimated that around 8 million employees in the UK are lone workers.

Employers have a legal obligation to ensure the safety of all their employees, including employees who work alone. Certain job roles can have a varying degree of risk or hazards associated with them and it’s important that these are identified to help prevent accidents suffered by lone working employees.

Even though there are many solutions available to help protect the safety of lone working employees, some employers are still not implementing these within their organisation. There are many factors to take into consideration on why lone worker safety is more important than ever and some of these are:

  • Employee safety: To every organisation, their employees are their greatest asset. Therefore, ensuring safety of lone working employees would help protect their health and well being.
  • Prevent accidents at work: By conducting risk assessments, an employer would be able to effectively identify the risks or hazards associated with each job role. This could help reduce the number of accidents suffered by employees when working alone.
  • Staff morale: When an employee realises that their organisation is taking extra measures to protect their safety, it will help improve staff morale and also their confidence in working alone.
  • Duty of care: Employers have a legal duty of care requirement to provide the safest working environment for their all employees, including lone workers.
  • Fines or custodial sentences: Introduction of Corporate Manslaughter Act and changes to the Health and Safety legislation means that organisations could face heavy fines and even custodial sentences, if they fail to ensure the safety of their lone working employees.
  • Reputation: Along with the cost of legal fines, an organisation’s reputation can also be seriously affected due to failings in employee health and safety.

Often the main concern for a lone worker is that they won’t be able to call for help if they slip, trip or fall unconscious when working alone. In some instances, a serious fall could lead to a fatal injury if immediate medical assistance is not provided. This is why organisations should consider providing their lone working employees with personal safety devices, such as the MicroSOS.

The device allows lone workers to raise an alarm directly to a 24/7 Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) in an emergency with a simple press of the button. The device is also capable of raising an automatic “Man Down” alarm when it detects a sudden impact from a slip, trip or fall, giving lone workers complete confidence to carry out their day to day tasks.

Contact Peoplesafe’s sales team today on 0800 990 3563 or sales@peoplesafe.co.uk to find out more features of the MicroSOS.