Vulnerable jobs – Your staff that work independently are at more risk than your staff that works in the office.
Work without direct supervision isn’t always dangerous, but some jobs are more vulnerable than others.
We’ve put together the riskiest lone worker jobs for you to read so you can prove your duty of care for your staff today before something might happen.
1. Care Workers/Community Nurses
Some research stresses that nursing ranks as one of the most physically hazardous industry with an incident rate of more than 12 percent (U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics, BLS).
Community nurses who have to visit patients in their homes, as well as personal care assistants, are at risk of verbal and violent abuse. Companies can and should take some measures to protect their most vulnerable staff because lone workers in other people’s property are at risk. As well as the risk of abuse from patients and relatives, these workers also have the risk of being attacked outside if they carry drugs.
2. Retail Workers
In the UK 90% of business is sa mall and medium business. In small stores and petrol stations, especially those open at night, retail workers often work alone. While it doesn’t seem as risky as being a security guard on the night shift, thieves will also target these facilities when there is only one member of staff protecting the till.
Careers in farming and ranching come with inherent dangers, due to the use of heavy equipment and powerful livestock. 4. Delivery workers and Taxi Drivers
Delivery workers and taxi drivers are also vulnerable groups. The high incident rate of taxi drivers and delivery workers being robbed only adds to the workplace danger of these jobs.
5. Council Staff (Social workers, housing officers, environmental Health Officers)
Some job roles within local government require home visits to members of the community which may not make staff feel welcome. These roles include social workers, housing officers etc. Employees may need to visit a home to remove a child or visit a business to shut it down – both are scenarios which have an element of danger as people could react badly to the council worker.
The safety of independent workers should always be a priority. In most cases, remote workforce monitoring software can alert managers to any abnormal activity. The most important thing is that all companies should take care of their independent (lone) workers and show their duty of care. Light touch app solutions for business are the best way to do that. Minimum costs with maximum results.
more than 11 million British workers could be replaced by robots in the next two decades.
workers with low incomes (less than £30,000 a year) are more likely to lose jobs than higher-earners.
staff in retails, schools, hospitals, offices, public services will be affected.
According to Deloitte Report more than 11 million British workers could be replaced by robots in the next two decades. Deloitte believe that by 2036 a huge chunk of the UK workforce would be automated. In addition, workers with low incomes (less than £30,000 a year) are more likely to lose jobs than higher-earners. Staff in retail, schools, hospitals, offices and public services will be affected. In the last decade automation has steadily taken over roles traditionally filled by humans.
Angus Knowles-Cutler, vice chairman of Deloitte, said the march of the machines was already well underway and nothing could be done to stop it. “You either adopt the technology or your economy suffers,” he said. “It’s hard to resist these changes” (dailymail.co.uk, 2016).
Furthermore, Homecare.co.uk (2017) claims that UK Researchers are developing robots to care for older people in care homes and hospitals. This project is funded by the EU and the Japanese Government.
Researchers from Middlesex University and the University of Bedfordshire are helping create robots, as part of a project funded by the EU and the Japanese Government. The robots, manufactured by Softbank Robotics, are being built to carry such tasks as giving medication, companionship, connecting to smart appliances. Furthermore, the social robots, which will communicate through speech and gestures, will be able to detect signs an older person is feeling ill or in pain. Similar robots are already being used in people’s homes in Japan and in the country’s hospitals to lift patients.
A specialist in Transcultural Health & Nursing at Middlesex University, Professor Rena Papadopoulos stresses the researchers are starting with care homes first but believes it will be the social norm in the near future for older people to receive support from robots in their own homes” (Homecare.co.uk, 2017).
In December last year a British outsourcing company- Capita, a FTSE 100-listed firm that also runs the London congestion charge, stressed it needed to axe 2,000 jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive in response to poor trading. The company is going to replace staff with robots as it slashes costs.
The chief executive, Andy Parker, claimed: “Robots will help to eliminate human error and make decisions faster. It won’t remove the need for an individual, however it speeds up their work. A human assisted by automated robotic technology could do a 40-minute job in much less time”.
In addition, The Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn was reported to have replaced 60,000 workers with robots earlier last year, while the former chief executive of McDonald’s suggested a similar tactic in response to low-paid workers’ demands for better pay and conditions. (theguardian.com,2016).