What to Do About Lone Worker Safety—If the Lone Worker Is You

If you’re required to work alone on a regular basis, obviously the matter of lone worker safety will interest you immensely. You will want to confirm that your employer is doing everything they can, to at least minimize the hazards that you may face while working on your own.

So what can your employer do? They can set security measures in places, such as video cameras, communication gadgets, automatic alarm senders, and GPS devices so that you will be continuously monitored and others may be notified if you’re ever in danger. They can identify the various risks and use specific measures to eliminate or minimize them. They can also see to it that you and the rest of the workforce are trained in the new safety guidelines.

But it’s not all about what your employer can do to ensure your safety when you work alone. You can actually help and ensure your own safety, by accepting your own set of responsibilities regarding lone worker security.

Here are some ways you can help your employer and yourself:

  1. Take your safety training seriously when the company sets up security measures in place. The lectures and teachings you will encounter aren’t as useless as some of the subjects you took up in high school. These training lessons are taught so that you will be safer when you work alone, and so it’s not exactly a trivial matter.
  2. If you need to sue any sort of equipment or tool, use it properly and safely. Don’t misuse the equipment or treat it like a toy.
  3. Be alert to your surroundings, and keep your eyes out for any potential hazard. It’s easy to get hurt when you’re not mindful of everything around you.
  4. Eliminate any sort of hazard you may find, especially if another worker will be working in the same area as you do later on. Remember the Golden Rule of doing unto others what you’d want them to do for you.
  5. Always check in regularly and at specified times. Ideally, even if you’re working alone you should be able to communicate with other workers on a regular basis. So you can check in every half hour to assure the others that you’re doing fine. At least if you fail to check in, the others will have some idea of where you may be.
  6. Always report in if you find or do something unusual. This could be anything, such as a tool out of place or a noise you’ve just heard. Tell the others if you’re going to investigate anything or if you’re going to go from your planned walk path.
  7. If you feel strongly that something’s wrong, then you should heed your instinct and at the very least you must be extra careful. Sometimes your subconscious can tell you if a stranger is acting suspiciously when you meet them while you work.
  8. If you get into an accident or even a near miss, don’t fail to report it. It doesn’t matter if the accident was your fault. You still have to report it so that the managers can figure out how to prevent a similar accident from reoccurring. The supervisors may then be able to tweak the safety measures to make them more effective.

Ensuring lone work safety requires the cooperation of everyone involved, and the responsibility isn’t limited to just your employer. You have to do your own part to ensure your own safety when you work alone. Don’t forget this fact—your health and your very life depend on it.

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