In order to work out how best to protect your staff, you must first know what the lone worker risks are. One of the easiest ways to do this is to establish what types of lone workers your staff are. We find it’s easy to use three distinct categories, each of which represent a variety of job roles; public lone workers, mobile lone workers and fixed location lone workers.
Our handy infographic breaks down each type of lone worker and the risks they face.
Types of Lone Workers
A lone worker is someone who works alone with direct or close supervision. It is easy to assume a person working with the public isn’t a lone worker because they aren’t technically alone. But they are still considered to be a lone worker, and should be treated as one. Confusing? Lets take a look at the types of lone workers and the risks they face.
We put lone workers into three categories; public lone workers, fixed location lone workers, and mobile lone workers. Each of these groups has specific risks, but it’s important to remember that some job roles may actually cross over categories so this is only intended as a rough guide. To fully assess your lone worker risks you must carry out a lone worker risk assessment.
Lone workers may face many different types of risk including; illness and injury, slips, trips, or falls, abuse or assault, or environmental dangers. Not being supervised or having colleagues close by, means that they are vulnerable to the sorts of hazards that would be more manageable, or not exist, should they be accompanied.
If you need help categorising your lone workers, or just want to find out more about our lone worker solutions, then please call us 0333 7729401 or fill in our contact form. We will get right back to you.