Being aware of the risks and full-prepared can make a real difference to personal safety.
Statistics from the British Crime Survey have indicated that as many as 150 lone workers are attacked every day (both physical and verbal). These attacks take place across a number of industries and job roles where people can be found working alone.
Some roles are more prone to risk. Take housing, for example. In a recent survey (June 2016), Inside Housing found that 69 percent of those who responded said they have been verbally assaulted while doing their job.
Regardless of sector, anyone that is working alone is at risk. The main risks associated with lone working include:
The best place to start is identifying what types of lone workers you employ. People who work alone typically fall into one (or more) of three categories:
You have a legal obligation to carefully consider the health and safety risks of these lone workers. Everything starts with a lone working risk assessment, but there are a number of things you can do to protect your lone workers:
Your safety when working alone can be improved by following these tips: