The importance of lone worker solutions.
Close your eyes and picture yourself at work. Are you at a desk, in an office, surrounded by colleagues?
Now imagine, as you sit at your desk, someone begins verbally attacking you for no reason. You’re frightened and alone. There’s no way to know for sure if this verbal assault will turn physical.
To you and I this might seem like an unlikely situation.
In the UK more than 150 lone workers are attacked, every day. Every 9 minutes a lone worker is either verbally or physically assaulted while working. Many of these do not have a lone worker solution on hand.
Lone Workers make up for 22% of the entire UK workforce.
They are carers working for The NHS. They work for charities visiting vulnerable people at home and in the community. They are engineers, electricians and joiners who work on remote sites. They work at all hours of the evening.
As we leave for work each day, we accept certain risks. We callously cross roads without green men, walk under scaffolding and drink scalding hot tea. There 6.8 million workers in the UK who would not entertain the idea of being attacked in the workplace.
However, for some, this is their reality.
Under the 1974 Health and Safety at Work etc Act, employees must “consider carefully, and then deal with, any health and safety risks for people working alone”. Further to this, the 2007 Corporate Manslaughter Act states that organisations may be prosecuted and heavily fined if there is seen to be a systematic failure of management control following the death of an employee.
Although we cannot guarantee the exclusion of risk, we must ensure that we are doing everything in our power to mitigate the damage caused if a high-risk scenarios were to ensue.
Without wrapping lone workers in bubble wrap, we cannot be sure that something will ever happen to them. But we can provide them with the assurance through lone worker solutions that if the worst were to happen they would be protected and someone will respond with immediate effect.
Lone worker solutions such as Companion App, Essential Service, or our Chaperone Device are a leading method used by businesses to protect those working alone. By utilising the advanced technology offered by Safe Shores Monitoring, Lone Workers can be monitored and accurately located. In an emergency situation, a highly trained operator would immediately assess the situation and activate an emergency response which would bypass the traditional 999 service, instigating a police response.
Safety is not a guarantee, but lone worker services provided by Safe Shores Monitoring are.
Over the last 20 years, we have protected thousands of workers from the dangers of isolated employment. Every day we work to develop our services to completely mitigate the chances of a violent attack. We provide assurance and peace of mind while responding to emergency situations within a matter of seconds.
Contact a member of our team today, if you would like to enquire about our range of devices, bespoke software and our state of the art Alarm Receiving Centre, and find out how we can protect your workers today.