Lone working in the construction industry

The construction industry shows statistically significantly higher injury rates than all other industries. Construction environments can be hazardous, especially if you’re working alone. If you’re an employer in the construction industry, are your employees provided with lone worker devices?

The dangers of working in the construction industry

Accidents occur every day in the construction industry. Listed below are just a few of the main hazards encountered on a typical construction site:

  • Working at height
  • Moving/heavy objects
  • Slips, trips, & falls
  • Material & manual handling
  • Collapse
  • Electricity

If you’re working on a construction site alone, you can already imagine what might go wrong. Employees must have help at hand, should they need it, especially in such a dangerous working environment.

First2HelpYou has a range of lone worker devices available. The devices provide a vital lifeline and connect people to a helpline the moment they need it. When an alarm is raised, two-way voice support is provided by highly skilled call handlers via our Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC), which operates 24/7/365.

Scary statistics of construction injuries

In construction, there were:

  • 39 fatal injuries to workers and 4 to members of the public in 2020/21.
  • An average of 36 fatalities to workers and 5 to members of the public each year over the last five years.
  • 50% of deaths over the same five-year period were due to falls from a height.

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Source: RIDDOR, 2020/21; RIDDOR, 2016/17-2020/21

Protect your construction workers

First2HelpYou can provide your employees with a lone worker safety device – this is a discreet tool that allows employers to locate employees quickly and easily in an emergency and send immediate help. Take a look at our KIT Device, ID badge and Mobile App. If you need any help choosing the correct lone worker device for your employees, contact us on 0333 7729401. We’re happy to help point you in the right direction.