Lone Worker Security For Traffic and Transit Workers
Those who work in the traffic and transit sector , such as toll booth attendants, cab, limo and/or bus drivers and crossing guards require extra lone worker safety due to certain risks they face.
Many traffic and transit employees work during odd hours, resulting in less supervision and facing increased risk due to isolation. In a tragic instance, a Scottsdale cab driver was attacked and later suffered fatal injuries after witnessing a fight between and a man and his girlfriend at 2:10 am. Because of the time of night, no one was around to witness the incident, to potentially help de-escalate the situation or to simply provide help to the driver after the attack. This raises the question- if anything were to happen during your employee’s late night or early morning shift, how long would it be before you or someone in the company became aware of it?
In many cases, due to the lone nature of their work, traffic and transit workers are outnumbered by those that they are serving, causing them to be at a disadvantage if a situation were to arise. Additionally, because of the vast amount of people who regularly require transportation, especially in major metropolitan areas, these workers must deal with customers from all walks of life without knowing beforehand the customers state of mind, or whether they may have a weapon. In any job dealing with the public, and especially doing so alone, employees need to have a heightened sense of awareness. Are you encouraging that within your company among your field staff?
Dangerous situations can develop unexpectedly at any given time simply going through the motions of your regular work duties. For instance, a New Jersey crossing guard was attacked by a man and woman after forcing them to stop at a crosswalk. Luckily, a retired police officer stepped in to help, but there are not always people nearby to help and certainly sometimes those nearby are unwilling to get involved Wouldn’t you feel more comfortable if you knew your employees could reach help immediately and that they were trained to summon help at the first sign of risk before they’d ever really consider dialing 911 solely so someone could be listening in on the situation as it unfolds and respond if they themselves are unable to? The security of knowing that you can summon help with a personal safety device in a time of trouble like this is important for well-being and peace of mind, both for employees in the field and managers responsible for their safety.
Finally, those working in traffic and transit face environmental risk. Their safety is affected by the weather, road conditions and other drivers around them. When there are that many factors that are outside of a lone worker’s control, it is important for them to be proactive in taking precautions. Having a personal alarm system that connects them to an emergency dispatch center the moment they need it is something that can be vital in helping mitigate unwanted situations.
Many of those who work in the traffic and transit industry are employed by the government. These workers can enjoy the benefits of SoloProtect’s GSA Schedule, allowing them to attain the SoloProtect service at a good deal without the hassle of bidding or negotiating prices.
According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, just between the years of 2010 and 2013, there were 293 reported work-related fatalities in the Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation sector. This industry is experiencing far too much preventable danger. SoloProtect can help.