Why Protect Lone Workers?
Considerations around personal safety.
Everyone wants their colleagues to be safe, and as individuals we all expect to go home safely at the end of our working day. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. Some fantastic work in all sectors, led by Health and Safety Professionals and their employers has reduced the number of deaths we see from accidents in the UK each year.
However, The Health and Safety Executive's 'Summary statistics for Great Britain 2020' outlined that despite this, 111 workers were killed at work in 2019/20. Workplace injury also has a huge cost, of which there were over 65,000 (non-fatal injuries reported under RIDDOR) last year. In adidtion to the physical impact on an individual, this equated to the loss of 6.3 million estimated working days, at a cost of £5.6 billion.
There are lone workers in every sector - whether that relates to full time lone working, or on a limited basis. 'Lone Working' may not be a particularly prevelant term in your particular industry - but certainly, Personal Safety is a consideration for all, whether an individual is working in sight of other colleagues or not.
The decade so far has forced many organisations to reassess how they consider the safety of Home Workers, something brought very sharply into focus during the Covid-19 pandemic. All workers are owed a duty of care from their employer, and part of that involves assessing risks to their safety, and ensuring their well-being is considered. This affects employees in an office, those working remotely, or at home - even contractors and self-employed people working on a project you are managing.
Making provision for the safety of your staff is an investment that can help you deliver peace of mind across a workforce, retain the best staff, gain transparency, drive greater productivity and protect an employer financially.