Lone workers in industries like construction, manufacturing, healthcare, transportation and oilfields face unique risks because they do their work without the benefit of being surrounded by colleagues or coworkers. They may also be isolated from emergency services and family and friends if they live in remote areas or travel between locations for their jobs. Lone workers often need to be able to call for assistance or respond to emergencies working alone safety tracking quickly, especially when working in hazardous environments.
Lone worker safety tracking allows employers to monitor the location and status of employees who frequently work alone by using a combination of mobile apps and wearable technology. Many of these tools and systems feature GPS tracking and two-way voice communication, allowing supervisors to check in with their employees and ensure they’re safe. Some lone worker safety tracking solutions come with the option to add an unobtrusive panic button, enabling employees to trigger a duress alert and send their location to emergency response services with the press of a button.
For companies with a large number of employees who regularly work alone, it’s important to have efficient processes in place that allow managers to track their employees’ whereabouts and make sure they are safe. Using automated lone worker check-ins, like those provided by SHEQSY’s connected worker tools, can help to streamline these processes and make them more efficient. This allows managers to save time and resources while ensuring that their lone workers are safe and able to respond to emergencies in real-time.
Regular checks-ins can be conducted via phone calls, instant messaging or video conferencing, depending on the needs of the organization. It is also a good idea to provide employees with a map of the building and nearby routes, as well as emergency evacuation protocols. Additionally, employees who work alone should be familiar with the risk assessment and control measures outlined in their employer’s health and safety policies.
In addition to providing employees with a reliable means of checking in with their supervisors, Edgefinity IoT’s lone worker app allows supervisors to create rules that will react to various events, such as an employee falling or pressing the panic button. These rules can then be pushed to employees’ devices, allowing them to respond automatically by locking doors, stopping elevators and contacting emergency response services.