“Lone workers are people who work without direct supervision or out of contact with other employees. These people may be exposed to greater risk than other employees as their is no one there to assist them, should an accident happen”
Some professions that may be required to work alone include:
In Australia and the UK, there has been a strong push in recent years to make employers more accountable for the welfare of those employees needing to work in isolation. There is great number of risks that an employee can be exposed to in our great country including incident and accidents, sudden illness such as heart attack, en-venomation such as snake and spider bites and many other environmental factors. If the worker is not in contact with other people they could find them selves in a situation where they are not able to raise any assistance and may not go noticed for days.
Workplace Health and Safety officers and company managers are required to identify risk associated with Lone working and use the appropriate tools and systems to mitigate such risks. As technology improves we are seeing advances in the use of electronic monitoring devices as risk management aids. These Personal safety devices can be used to monitor an employee rather than paying for extra employees for risk reduction purposes.
The new devices can monitor weather an employee is standing as per normal or if they are lying on the ground as though they were injured. If the devices detects something out of the usual it can send a message back to a monitoring centre. The monitoring centre can then determine weather to send for help or if the alarm was triggered accidentally.
Most of the devices now also have GPS location features, voice recording, two-way communication, video recording and panic or duress activation buttons. Usually, the device will be monitored by a call centre, where the operators are trained at identifying emergency scenarios and conversing with emergency service organizations.