If you are an employer, then protecting your lone workers and staff from harm within the workplace is a moral obligation. At Safe Shores Monitoring we have been protecting people since 1998 and we advocate employee safety strongly.
On top of this, when employing individuals who work by themselves i.e without close or direct supervision they are classed as lone workers. If you employ lone workers within your organisation then there must be a lone worker solution in place to allow these individuals to work safely by themselves.
If you are unsure whether you employ lone workers, or you would just like to find out more information on them, then you can read our blog: What is a Lone Worker.
With lone workers on the rise, one in five of the UK workforce is now considered a lone worker, employers who might not traditionally have considered their employees as lone workers may have to think again. With this in mind, an employers’ duty of care to their employees, and especially to their lone workers, is enshrined in law.
With an estimated 8 million lone workers in the UK, it comes as no surprise that employers face increasing levels of enforcement over their legal obligations to ensure their safety by mitigating lone worker risks. The need to now consider lone worker solutions as a risk and financial mitigator not as a cost could not be more prudent.
A recent report from global law firm Clyde and Co showed that fines from prosecutions brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) rose by 74% and those from local authorities increased an eye-watering 1,870% following the introduction of new guidelines earlier in 2017.
With this rising trend toward negligent employers, it is not surprising that last year we seen a whopping £850,000 fine for Yorkshire Window Contractor when one of their lone workers fell off a ladder and broke his knee cap.
The prosecution, led by the HSE, claimed that the company had no system of lone worker monitoring. Therefore it is evident that the HSE is taking Lone Worker breaches even more seriously.
Our CEO, Tom Morton, urges employers to review their health and safety procedures in order to ensure they meet their duty of care requirements and avoid being hit by fines as well as protecting their most valuable asset – their people.
To break down the potential fines, penalties and the negative exposure your business can face when found to be negligent in protecting your lone workers we have created the table below.
This table highlights a range of costs negligent companies could face
As you can see from the table large firms can face fines of £20 million if they breach the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007.
For each company, morally there is no difference when it comes to negligence – every company has a responsibility to look after their lone workers and employees. But it cannot be overlooked that the larger the firm the larger the fine, which is why from a strictly financial perspective it is even more important for large businesses to make sure there is a lone worker solution in place, contact us to find out about our reduced Lone Worker rates for larger businesses.
Free Lone Worker Risk Assessment
There is no one solution to fit every business and the level of protection needed for your lone workers will vary depending on assessed risk level which is why we offer a free Risk Assessment. Once this has been completed we can discuss which lone worker service, device or app is the right fit for your business’ needs, guaranteeing the right device in the right hands.
Because of this variation in business’ needs for protecting their lone workers, we conducted in-depth customer research with lone workers across the UK. The results of this confirmed a need for a solution that worked with the growing deployment of smartphone and tablet devices within the remote workforce, and highlighted that lone workers needed a discreet security product which:
- Did not rely exclusively on mobile phone signals
- Had an ability to control personal information, manage changing organisational circumstances, and cater for multiple risk scenarios
- Is suitable for both individuals and employers.
- Worked in areas with poor mobile reception i.e lift shafts, warehouses, wind-farms, etc
Therefore as part of an £800,000 investment into our business, we have delivered a lone worker protection application – our Companion App and and AL-i Bluetooth Button.
Companion App is a state of the art application provides your lone workers with an easy access SOS button, advanced fall detection and location with the ability to send an alert without the need of a mobile signal. In addition, Companion can link with the UK’s most discreet SOS button Ally: Bluetooth button which provides a discreet ability to raise an alarm at distances of us to 30m from the smartphone.