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Addressing Lone Worker Safety

As a society, many employers don’t think about employee’s safety as much as they should, particularly the safety of their lone workers. Lone workers incidents are increasing and if employers don’t recognize this issue then the problem will continue to get worse. Organizations must realize that this issue will not improve unless they act and implement a strategy to ensure their workers’ safety.

Sometimes, as an employer, safety can be the last thing on your mind. We understand how busy you can be but looking after your employees is extremely important. The BLS chart below shows the injuries and fatalities faced by several different industries in 2015. As an employer, these numbers can help inform you of the risks your workforce faces, and hopefully help you build a strategy solving this problem.

When companies don’t see the value of a lone worker solution it can cause long-term issues.

1. Without suitable training and the correct equipment workers in a hazardous environment could hold the company liable if an incident were to occur.
2. Lone workers could face threatening situations that could cause injury or impede performance.
3. OSHA fines and legal fines could occur if the employer is not enforcing implemented laws.
4. Brand reputation could be damaged if an incident were to occur and the employer was found to be at fault.
5. Employee turnover could occur with workers feeling undervalued or frightened to undertake their duties.

Employers have a responsibility to protect their most valuable asset, their workforce. In protecting their employees, employers should implement a lone worker safety strategy to avoid any of these long-term issues. Implementing a lone worker safety strategy combined with a technological advanced solution can have a profound positive effect on decreasing employee incidents and protecting the brand reputation.

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References: 

News Release Bureau of Labor Statistics US Department of Labor (2015) BLS Charts. Retrieved August 24, 2017, from https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/cfch0014.pdf

News Release Occupational Safety and Health Administration (2013) OSHA Stats. Retrieved August 24,2017, from https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3148.pdf

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