The 5 biggest risks to lone workers and how to mitigate them

Risks to lone workers are the same whatever sector they’re in. We’re not talking specific dangers, such as falls for construction workers, or the threat of violence for those working in social care. These are broader issues which tie into any working area. We outline each and how to protect against them. 

Lack of training

Without proper training, mistakes can be made, and accidents and avoidable incidents can, and likely will, happen. Ensuring you train your lone workers on a regular basis, while informing them of company health and safety policies will help avoid them in the future.

Lack of security

Do you have a reliable lone working communication system in place? Depending on your sector, providing your lone worker with a phone may not be adequate. To ensure your team’s safety, a system should be able to tell when your employees have gone home and when they are in an emergency situation.

Health risks

When carrying out your risk assessment, take into account people are more vulnerable in your organisation. This might include someone who is pregnant or who has previous health problems. 

Lack of resources

Often, lone workers complete tasks that are meant for more than one person. This could lead to physical or mental exhaustion, which can cause problems in themselves, or make the lone worker more vulnerable to additional risks. An example may be an HGV driver working excessively, making them more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident due to tiredness. Risk assess all lone workers ensuring that they are not exposed to more risks than other employees.

Perceived culture

Health and safety is not just a box ticking exercise, and its crucial your employees understand this. Being clear on your company policies could keep them from harm’s way where possible.

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