A lone worker is anyone who carries out a work activity away from colleagues and without close or direct supervision. Lone workers could apply to as many as 71% of workers, whether all or part of their day is spent working alone.
Types of Lone Workers
Lone workers can operate across any industry and occupation, from housing and healthcare to utilities and construction.
Examples of lone workers:
- Estate agents
- Truck drivers
- Social workers
- Construction workers
- Metre readers
Hazards of Working Alone
There are many hazards of lone working. Working alone carries increased risk because any dangers faced are encountered alone. If the lone worker were to become ill, have an accident or suffer an injury, there isn’t anyone to assist them.
Different types of employees face different hazards of lone working. Social workers and security guards may be faced with challenging behaviour in public, estate agents and utility workers have to enter properties alone and salespeople can spend a lot of time on the road putting them at a high risk of road accidents.
Construction workers, engineers, and surveyors are especially vulnerable to accidents or injury on site. While truck drivers and farmers may be vulnerable to not having mobile phone coverage in the event of an accident or emergency.
It is important for lone workers to assess their role and environment to ensure risks are understood and planned for.
Being a lone worker doesn’t increase the likelihood having an accident, though they are more vulnerable when dealing with difficult people alone. It does mean that if an incident occurs, there isn’t anyone else to de-escalate the situation or summon help. This is where StaySafe can help.
How StaySafe & RescuePlus helps lone workers
These devices increase communication between lone workers and employers. They act as a method of getting help when it is needed, whether it be an emergency, accident or injury.