SoloProtect Executives Share Lone Worker Safety Insight at ASSE Safety 2015
Richard Hambrick and Craig Swallow of SoloProtect talk lone worker safety at ASSE Safety 2015 including risks faced and how to mitigate these risks.
(Dallas, TX) Lone worker safety is a growing concern in the US, a topic of discussion at The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Safety 2015 Conference and Expo, held at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson from Sunday, June 7th through Wednesday June 10th. The conference consisted of more than 200 break-out sessions where members of the conference spoke and presented on topics falling under their expertise. Attendees could select which of these sessions that they wanted to attend based on topic, practice specialty and specified tracks. Among these sessions was a presentation called “Lone Worker Safety: The Need is Here. Are You Filling It?” in which SoloProtect executives , Richard Hambrick, Vice President- North America, and Craig Swallow, Managing Director- Europe, spoke to the need of lone worker safety, why it is so important and how to get all levels of a company on board with a lone worker safety plan.
Hambrick and Swallow’s session, Session 764, discussed statistics on workplace injuries and violence, relaying staggering numbers. An additional item of note from the presentation is that those who are attacked at work are not just attacked by coworkers or other people that they know. Strangers, patients and clients contribute to a high percentage of these attacks as well.
“According to statistics, 4,525 workers were killed on the job in the United States in 2013. This averages out to 88 deaths a week or more than twelve deaths every day. That means that within the hour that we are speaking in this room, someone will die from a workplace injury,” Hambrick pointed out.
After giving several real-life examples of incidents that happened to lone workers, the two began to emphasize the point of needing a proactive plan to help mitigate the risks that those who work alone face and how to go about creating that plan. They suggested that in addition to proactive plans, safety tools that allow for employee monitoring and can connect the worker to an emergency dispatch center are highly effective.
“How you handle a situation impacts how it escalates. There are some incidences that start low risk and quickly escalate to a dangerous situation. It is especially important in instances like these to get in touch with a professional who knows how to handle these situations and can monitor the occurrence in order to take the appropriate measures,” said Swallow as he emphasized the importance of a specialized emergency dispatch center.
Hambrick and Swallow addressed the importance of getting all levels of a company to buy in to the idea of a lone worker safety plan. In doing so, they suggested that the same staggering statistics of workplace fatalities and injuries can be motivating forces for the field worker, mid-level management and the executive group and provided additional insights and tips on how to reason with each specific group of people.
Swallow and Hambrick wrapped up the session by answering questions on both lone worker safety as well as their company, SoloProtect. For more information about lone worker safety, a paper covering their presentation is available here.
SoloProtect makes working alone safer by providing the leading lone worker safety solution for employers. Assisting in employee protection through employee monitoring for safety, the SoloProtect solution utilizes a specialized personal safety alarm, Identicom, a device that looks and feels like a standard ID badge and communicates at the touch of a button with their Emergency Dispatch Center (EDC). Operating over the cellular network, the SoloProtect solution captures GPS location information and enables users to discreetly open a voice channel to our specialized monitoring center when they feel at risk on the job. The solution is also 'Incapacitation' capable, detecting tilt, impact and non-movement to initiate an automatic alert to the EDC. SoloProtect focuses on helping businesses protect their lone working employees from social and environmental risk while better positioning the organization to handle worker safety incidents. For more information, visit www.soloprotect.com/us.
Allie Lewis, Content Marketing Specialist
Article Published 7.9.2015