Lone Worker Incidents & Workplace Fatalities in Ireland

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The 2019 statistics of workplace fatalities in Ireland show agriculture as the industry with the highest fatality rate followed by transportation and construction. All three of these industries employ a lot of lone workers. Lone workers are particularly at risk in these occupations as they are working in dangerous environments without any direct support from …

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How Lone Working affects Grooms, Stable Hands and Farriers in North America

How Lone Working effects Grooms, Stable Hands and Farriers in North America

The American Horse Council, has reported that the United States has a horse population of approximately 9.2 million and that the horse industry supports 1.4 million jobs in the United States¹. The horse industry directly employs 701,946 people (full-time, part-time and seasonal), which equates to 453,612 full-time equivalent jobs. These full-time equivalent jobs are in the …

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Improving the Safety of Employees who Drive for Work

Improving safety for employees who drive for work, from Ok Alone

Angelina Robinson and Rick Walters from Road Safety at Work BC. recently hosted a webinar, ‘Improving safety for employees who drive their own vehicles for work’.  Amongst the many interesting ideas they shared, one thought-provoking fact really stood out – ‘Any vehicle being used for work becomes the workplace,’ this then means that legal requirements …

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What does lone worker risk really mean?

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What does lone worker risk really mean? We often hear about lone worker risk. It’s talked about in a generic sort of way – you are on your own, so you’re at more risk. While this is true, it’s less common to see these risks broken down into meaningful categories that can be analysed. This …

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Are you looking out for the mental health of your lone workers?

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When it comes to assessing the risks associated with working alone, it’s easy to focus on the physical dangers that can easily set off a lone worker alarm. Heights, loud noises, chemicals, extreme temperatures, tripping hazards—these are all things you can see, hear, and feel. But under the surface, there’s a lot more going on …

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Work Alone Safety: Creating a Safe Space for Fixed-Site Lone Workers

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Work Alone Safety: Creating a Safe Space for Fixed-Site Lone Workers What comes to mind when you hear the term “lone worker?” An oilfield operator testing well production at an unmanned site? A biologist conducting fieldwork on a northern river? A truck driver making a delivery on an isolated stretch of road? These types of …

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Using Focus Groups to Gather Risk Information for a Lone Worker Policy

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Using Focus Groups to Gather Risk Information for Your Lone Worker Safety Policy Most often, the process of gathering risk information for your lone worker safety policy begins in a general sort of way. You might make a list of the obvious hazards, observe your employees in their working environments, or carry out a short …

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HR Strategies to Promote Lone Worker Safety | Ok Alone Worker

HR Strategies to Promote Lone Worker Safety

Human resource professionals play a vital role in ensuring the health and safety of lone workers. Of course it’s not their exclusive domain (health and safety is everyone’s business), but they are equipped with exceptional communication skills that can help mitigate the risks associated with working alone. It’s not easy to start a conversation about …

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Work Alone Call Center: What to Look For in a Live Monitoring Service

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Work Alone Call Center: The Benefits of Live Monitoring When it comes to monitoring lone workers, someone must be looking out for their safety at all times. Usually, that person is a manager, a supervisor, or another person in the office. But what if the company doesn’t have the necessary resources to monitor their teams? …

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Winter has arrived. Snowplow drivers need lone worker safety too

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Some people need to get to work, regardless of weather conditions – doctors, nurses, medical professionals, first responders.  Snowplow drivers work at all hours to make this possible.  Some start at 4 am, some at midnight. Conditions get slippery, black ice is a menace, and fatigue can easily set in.  When your snowplow driver is …

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5 emergency response plan essentials for education ¦ Lone worker

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5 Emergency Response Plan Essentials for Education Settings

Emergencies, disasters or critical incidents that occur within an educational setting are every parents’, teachers’ and school administrators’ nightmare. The health and welfare of hundreds or thousands of children and young people could be at risk and dependent upon a thorough and well-executed emergency response plan.

The five basic all-hazard responses…

Volunteers Need Safety Monitoring | Lone worker safety systems

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Fundraising Events and Canvassing for Charity can be Hazardous to Volunteers and Fundraising Professionals

Where would we be without volunteers? Volunteerism contributes to a kinder, more equitable and safer society, so it’s only fair that those who go out of their way to help others should be protected themselves, right?

Recently, a young man volunteering at a charity haunted house in…

Keeping Parks and Recreation Teams Safe | Lone Worker Safety

Parks and recreation workers everywhere face hazardous conditions nearly every day. Whether you are operating recreational or leisure programs at playgrounds and parks in the city, managing wilderness campgrounds, performing trail-building and maintenance duties or any of the countless tasks that are part of many parks and rec workers’ daily routines, you face unique challenges to staying safe at work.

For each lone worker or team of workers, it’s critical to do a hazard…

5 tips for Managing Workplace Stress | Lone worker Safety System

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We all face stress on the job and when your workplace stress is not acknowledged and managed, it can lead to physical and emotional illness as well as reduced performance and productivity. How well you manage your workplace stress depends on how you are able (or unable!) to address it. Compounding the problem, if you work alone, without the security of co-workers to share the workload and watch your back, your stress levels may go through the roof!

Here are 5 tips for managing your workplace stress:

 

Pitfalls of the Buddy System | Lone Worker Protection Systems

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Don't Rely on the Buddy System to keep your Team Safe on the Job

The buddy system has traditionally been a cornerstone of many safety systems for, quite literally, hundreds of years. It has performed quite admirably in many circumstances, but fails spectacularly sometimes, and sometimes with serious or even fatal consequences.

The most obvious flaw in the buddy system – what if…