BrickHouse Lone Worker Safety
BrickHouse Lone Worker Safety
Although we don’t like to think about the dangers that we might encounter through daily life, real risks should never be ignored. These risks are especially real for lone workers, who find themselves in solitary work environments, often on a daily basis.
While one might be tempted to shrug this off, a company with good HR practice will know that protecting lone workers is not only a matter of showing personal care for an employee but it is also a matter of safeguarding the company against unnecessary liability claims.
Whatever the industry, a basic set of lone worker safety practices can be put into place - we identify six things you will likely want to consider, from assessing your lone workers’ personal risks to implementing a safety protocol, and everything in between.
Assess the Lone Worker’s Potential Risks
As the old adage would say: know thine enemy. Take the time to identify the specific risks posed to the lone worker in your industry by assessing the environments and social dangers that they will be exposed to on a daily basis.
Environmental risks could be simple accidents like falling or mishaps involving heavy machinery, and they could also include natural incidents such as personal injuries or emergencies. What makes this such an issue for lone worker safety is that the worker in question is totally alone, without anyone nearby to witness that something has happened and offer help.
Social dangers would pertain to the risks associated with lone workers meeting strangers, such as in the case of real estate agents, social workers, or delivery drivers, or working in highly volatile positions, such as in the case of night-time security guards or parole officers.
Create Lone Working Policies
Once you have identified a specific risk profile, get to work on a set of lone worker safety policies. These will be the “rules of thumb” to apply if the worker finds himself in a position of compromised safety. These policies need to be extremely well-thought-out, with the lone worker’s safety at the forefront.
Train Workers and Supervisors
Having assessed the dangers and addressed these with direct policies, all workers and supervisors will need to be trained on carrying out safety procedures that ensure their own safety and that of their colleagues. This training should be implemented with all new staff and re-visited as necessary with existing staff. Training would include:
A full understanding of the potential risks they might encounter on the job
An assessment of each worker to ensure that they are physically and mentally capable of facing the tasks and risks at hand
First aid training
Vocational training specific to the worker’s post, such as operating machinery and electrical equipment
Training on work and social behavior to prepare the lone worker to avoid dangerous situations beyond their scope of practice
Implementation of the lone worker safety policies
Issuing of personal safety equipment and training the worker on how to use them
Establish Clear Communication Between the Lone Work and Management
Out of sight is often, unfortunately, out of mind when it comes to the lone worker, so it really is important to build a relationship that encourages clear communication both ways. A manager should be aware of a worker’s whereabouts and schedule in order to monitor both his productivity and safety. Information that should be shared includes:
All the locations where lone workers are operating, or scheduled to visit on any given day
Assurance that all vehicles and machinery being operated in the line of duty are in good and safe working order
A logbook, preferably one that can be accessed remotely, should be kept of how long the lone worker spends at each location or appointment
While these can be tedious details to maintain, especially where an entire fleet of lone workers might be involved, this could be addressed using the latest in security software and hardware.
Consider a Lone Worker Tracking App
Many Lone Worker Safety issues can be quite easily addressed by implementing the Brickhouse Phone Tracker app. The easy-to-use app is simply installed onto the lone worker’s cellular device, effectively turning the smartphone into a GPS tracker.
Brickhouse Phone Tracker allows an employer to track employee locations, as they move from site to site, empowering management teams to ensure the lone worker’s safety, as well as their productivity.
Upgrade to the Brickhouse Lone Worker
This is a commercial-grade active cellular device equipped with real-time GPS location tracking, SOS Location, a panic button, and two-way communication. The Brickhouse Lone Worker is able to offer a 24/7 employee monitoring solution that allows employees to be alerted to accidents, work-related injuries or attacks on the lone worker. The device is water-resistant and has the latest in geo-fencing technology, using the Brickhouse cloud platform.
The Brickhouse Lone Worker holds numerous features that can be activated, making it a lone worker safety product that can be easily tailored to budget and industry-specific needs.
Keep Lone Workers Safe the Smart Way
Combine wisdom with technology for the best possible outcome in lone worker safety, by equipping yourself with stats and knowledge, and investing in a lone worker monitoring system that ticks all the boxes.
If you’d like to discuss a monitoring solution for your team, contact us at Brickhouse Security.