Lone Worker Security in Agriculture
24/7 personal safety solutions for the agriculture and industrial sectors.
A high-risk industry
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 22 people lost their lives in the agricultural, forestry and fishing sector in 2021-22, and there were many non-fatal injuries on top of this. In fact, the agricultural sector accounts for 18% of all workplace fatalities in Great Britain.
Whether it's working at height, working with dangerous machinery or hazardous chemicals, dealing with livestock or working near pits and silos there are many risks associated with working in the agricultural industry. Consequently, agricultural organisations must be vigilant and consider all available measures to safeguard workers, including having rigorous farm safety rules and ensuring a quick response when an accident occurs.
And, of course, to keep the operation moving, knowing the location of your mobile workers so you can efficiently redeploy them whenever necessary is vital.
What are the risks associated with the agriculture industry?
If you work in agriculture you’ll know that it can be a dangerous industry with many associated risks.
Agriculture risks may include:
- Working at height
- Dangerous machinery
- Large heavy vehicles
- Unpredictable environment, e.g. uneven, and wet and slippy surfaces
- Hazardous chemicals
- Working in or around pits
- Working around silos
- Lone worker security
Are there lone workers in the agriculture industry?
Despite being a busy and hectic working environment there are clearly many instances of lone working in agriculture.
Due to the sheer size of some of the working environments, the type of work taking place, and the fact that many farms are in isolated locations, agriculture employees will often find themselves working alone with no avenues of support in the event of an accident.
The biggest health and safety concerns within the agriculture industry are environmental. This means there's a greater chance of a worker being incapacitated due to a slip, trip, fall, illness, or injury. If you couple this with lone working then it's a recipe for disaster. Every second counts in an emergency so having super quick support is essential.
Discreet, simple to use, rapid response
SoloProtect provides discreet and easy-to-use personal safety solutions for agriculture workers that won’t get in the way of the day job.
With 24/7 emergency support and man-down detection, we’ll quickly get help to you when you need it most.
You'll also get access to SoloProtect Insights - the online platform for comprehensive metrics and ongoing management of your solution.
Lone worker devices designed for agriculture workers
SoloProtect lone worker devices are designed to withstand the daily wear and tear associated with agricultural work:
- Made for noisy environments
All SoloProtect devices are well-equipped for noisy agricultural environments. When active, your dedicated device, (or mobile phone if using SoloProtect Mobile) will vibrate in a distinct pattern so you’re reassured it’s working.
- Tough on dust and water
Wet and dusty agriculture sites are no match for our devices. They’re all water and dust resistant to ensure functionality is unaffected, even in the worst weather.
- Locates and communicates
Geolocation and cellular technology (4G LTE) ensure we can communicate with users and pinpoint their location whenever they need support.
- Small and mighty
All our devices are small, lightweight and won’t get in the way. They have a range of attachments so you can wear it on your belt, attach it to your keyring or lanyard, or simply put it in your pocket. Take a look at our range of personal safety solutions, including our mobile app.
Do your agriculture workers need lone worker protection?
If you’re unsure whether your agriculture workers need lone worker protection, take a look at our Team Assessment. This is a useful tool that helps an employer or agriculture team manager understand the risk level their workers are subject to.
What are your obligations towards contractors?
Agriculture has long been an industry that utilises contract workers, and as an agriculture professional, it’s important to consider the safety and well-being of everyone working under your care.
Do your contractors adhere to health and safety policies and procedures on- and off-site? Do you understand your obligations toward contractors? What are your responsibilities?
Find out more in our Health & Safety for Contractors article.
Book a demo
Click HERE to book a demonstration of SoloProtect’s lone worker security solution for agriculture workers.