Manage Lone Working Risks Through Training

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The importance of training is ever so vital in the workplace, especially in terms of employee safety. Organisations that provide effective training to their employees can help improve their performance at work. This further benefits the organisation in terms of increased productivity, among many other advantages.

It’s the duty of the employer to identify the risks or hazards associated with each job role, so that they can effectively help prevent accidents in the workplace. In most office based job roles the level of risk can be low, therefore it can be effectively controlled by providing the right training to employees. At the same time, the risks are much higher to employees in job roles where they may have to work with heavy machinery, work from heights, lone working or even working in environments such as explosive hazardous areas.

According to the recently released fatality statistics by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 144 workers lost their lives between 2017/18. This has unfortunately increased slightly compared to the 2016/17 statistics, where 135 employees died due to a workplace accident.

There were 38 fatalities within the construction industry in 2017/18 and out of those, 20 fatalities were due to falls from a height. In fact, falls from a height topped the list this year with 35 fatalities according to the HSE. This raises a stark reminder on the importance of providing appropriate training to employees, especially within the construction industry, where the risk of deaths due to falls from height is clearly much higher.

Providing the right training will help employees understand how to safely carry out work when working from a height. Employees that are effectively trained will also understand the dangers associated with their job role. A well – trained employee would be capable of identifying risks or hazards even before they occur, which is the best step towards managing the risks.

It’s also important for employers to provide training for all their employees, including employees that work alone. In fact, lone workers are more vulnerable as they won’t be able to easily call for help, when compared to employees who work with others. Therefore, employers should ensure that their lone working employees are effectively trained for all eventualities. This will help to ensure that the employee is aware of exactly what’s required of them in order to carry out their work safely.

On the flip side, employers should also consider scenarios where the lone working employee themselves may require immediate medical assistance. For instance, they could suffer an accident or a sudden medical emergency, like a heart attack or stroke.

Here at Peoplesafe, we are experts in lone worker safety. We provide a range of industry leading personal safety devices that can help the safety of your employees when working alone. Compact devices such as the MicroSOS, comes a with built in “Man Down” sensor, that will automatically raise an alarm should the employee slip, trip or fall unconscious.

We are currently offering a 30 day free trial, so why not contact our sales team today on 0800 990 3563 to try the MicroSOS. Our team will also organise training days to show you exactly how the device works. This will help lone working employees to effectively manage risks associated with their job role and help them to work confidently knowing that assistance is available from a simple press.