Lone workers are at high risk of accidents no matter how dangerous the job is. Sometimes being a lone worker can become a part of everyday life. Some jobs are more dangerous than others but here are MyTeamSafes top 5 dangerous lone working jobs.
Farmers are one of the most vulnerable workers on the planet and more likely to have an accident. In fact, they could suffer from a very bad accident. Farmers usually work alone and in very wide open spaces and also operate dangerous machinery on a daily basis. According to the Health and Safety Executive, farmers have the second most dangerous job in the UK. A number of fatalities occur, from industrial accidents to angry animals.
Some retail workers work alone, that could be in a small shop or even in a petrol station, these type of jobs could be exceptionally dangerous especially at night time. Thieves will target shops that only have one person behind the till which could put the retail worker in a life-threatening situation. Such as being taken as hostage or even threatened with a weapon to hand over cash from the till.
Working with explosives
Just hearing the word explosives automatically makes you think danger. Working alone with explosive equipment is a very dangerous situation to be in. Accidents do happen but sadly you will not come off lightly with an explosive going off. Working in such dangerous environments should require a lone working solution so that they can act quickly. (MyTeamSafe Panic Button)
Council staff can have their bad days and good days but when it comes to removing a child or visiting a business to shut it down, this can lead to violence and possible threats against the lone worker. Council staff are required to do regular home visits which can also make the worker uncomfortable but also the person they are visiting.
Workers who complete repairs alone
Maintenance workers can work hours alone. That could be fixing machinery, working at heights, using high power tools and working at night. Someone working alone and working freely can be very dangerous. Many accidents can occur such as falling from heights and harming themselves fixing machinery or using high power tools which could also end up being a fatal accident. Working nights could result in slips trips and falls.
There are more hazards than just driving on the road in freezing conditions, here are 6 things you must know before you go out on the road to help prevent you from damaging your vehicle, causing a bigger hazard or even breaking the highway code.
Don’t pour boiling water on a frozen windscreen.
About to go to work? or do the school run? You go outside and your windscreen is frozen, its so important you do not use boiling hot water to remove the ice from your windscreen. The extreme change in temperatures (really cold to really hot) could result in a bigger issue, a cracked glass. De-icer spray works well Or even salt water.
Why salt water?
Saltwater freezes at a much lower temperature than normal which will melt the ice. This is why you see the winter service vehicles (salt trucks and plows). You could even use an old blanket to cover your windscreen through the night to prevent ice on the windscreen the next morning.
Only use a proper scraper to remove ice/snow from your windscreen.
If you decide to scrape ice or snow from your windscreen the best tool to use is an ice scraper. Using anything else can result in damages to your windscreen like permanent scratches. It’s a very bad idea to use anything else but an ice scraper because you will only see the damage once the ice has been removed which could also result in you getting a new windscreen!
Using things like your license, bank card, CD cover or anything with a metal edge you may find in your glove box could result in you damaging your windscreen with a lot of scratches becuase you have to press harder for it to get through the ice.
If your doors or windows are frozen don’t force them open.
Apart from the hazards with frozen windscreens its also common to have frozen doors and windows, if they are both frozen the best way around this is to try pouring warm water over the handle and the edge of the window, make sure this warm water is not boiling because this will result in cracking like the windscreens.
If you have a car that has electric windows and they are frozen the worse thing to do is keep pressing the button to bring it down. Doing this can result in you burning out the motor this could also result in a hole in your wallet. If you want to put your windows down the best thing to do is wait for the inside of your car to warm up.
Don’t let down your tyre pressure to increase grip when driving.
Most people get told to let down your tyres in icy and snowy conditions for better grip on the road. This is not true and in fact, youll lose some stability on the road which will make driving in horrible conditions worse.
Make sure to check your tyre pressure that it’s at a safe level through the horrible conditions because it can drop in cold weather. You may have heard of winter tyres, these can be pricey but will be worth the buy if you’re always driving in harsh icy conditions, these tyres are designed to give you better traction and braking in the snow and also wet conditions. So if you have the money for winter tyres then get them.
Don’t leave snow on the roof of your car.
Its so important to remove the snow from the top of your vehicle, leaving snow on your roof is actually a violation of the highway code, why? Because when you break, that snow on your roof will then fall onto your windscreen obstructing your view.
People attend to do the windows/windscreen on their car and forget about the remaining snow on the roof. It’s important to remove this snow from the roof because this could also affect other road users, the snow on your roof could fly off hitting the vehicle behind covering their windscreen which could cause a crash.
You can also use Vehicle Smart https://www.getvehiclesmart.com to set reminders, such as your winter service, or remind yourself of your tyre pressures (which are different for winter) and much more.
MyTeamSafe® is a lone-working app. Making sure your lone workers and employees check in regularly, notifying you as a supervisor that they are safe.
MyTeamSafe website – you can try our lone working solution free for 30 days, with text (SMS), email and push notifications.
The panic button is used for serious scenarios such as accidents or for when you feel you are in a vulnerable or unsafe situation. This helps your Supervisor to act quickly to these situations.
Once the panic button has been pressed a window will pop up asking you if you are sure about starting the panic mode. Once you press the button “YES” you will see that the background behind the buttons will then turn red. Depending on your defined strategy your supervisor can be contacted Via email and SMS immediately once the panic button has been applied.
What Can Your Supervisor See?
Your Supervisor will be contacted immediately via SMS or email to alert them that you are in a panic mode and they can decide what actions need to be taken. Your escalation notifications will then remain silent so other people around you will be unaware that you have started a panic session.
Note: The supervisor can also check out your current location if GPS location has been switched on within the strategy.
Now it’s darker outside, are your staff happy to be in a building on their own?
When it's dark outside it does change how people feel when they are left on their own; opening up, locking up or just working late. Staff might not say anything, but actually the reassurance that someone is looking out for them goes a long way for staff well-being and moral. Even a minor incident, that happens in a dark empty building, can have a lasting impact on the individual and the company.
The MyTeamSafe® app reassures staff and protects the business at a tiny monthly cost, giving you a peace of mind knowing your staff are safe.
MyTeamSafe® is a great way to provide your duty of care to all employees in the workplace, especially your lone workers.
HSE - In general, health and safety laws apply to all businesses, no matter how small. Employers are responsible for health and safety and need to take the right precautions to reduce the risks of workplace dangers and provide a safe working environment.
HSE - Managing health and safety is an integral part of managing your business. You need to do a risk assessment to find out about the risks in your workplace, put sensible measures in place to control them, and make sure they stay controlled.
Accidents do happen. MyTeamSafe® caters for multiple scenarios…
Panic - If you have an accident, or need to raise a panic alarm, you can initiate this at any time.
Check-in - During normal operation, everyone just checks in regularly, indicating that they are safe.
Late - If you have an accident and can't reach your phone, or you are unconscious, MyTeamSafe® will detect that you have not checked in and escalate automatically.
If you don't check in within the right time your supervisor will be notified that you're late. This gives him/her a chance to act quickly and check your last location and then decide what course of action to take.
For example, in a high-risk role, you might be expected to check in every 20 minutes. If you are late, your supervisor will be notified. This gives your supervisor the chance to react, perhaps to call you, or other employees that may be working near you, or to start looking for you at your last known location.
You can assign your lone working strategy to your whole company, a group, or specific staff members.
It takes less than 15 minutes get setup and go live. A simple phone app with quick check-in at user defined intervals or Panic Alarm. Keep control with total flexibility. Suitable for all sizes of business. Central web dashboard allows you to manage & monitor users as well as their locations. MyTeamSafe even has documentations to help you setup your company in a more effective way which can benefit you and your business.
Staff feel significantly safer knowing their health and wellbeing is core consideration at all times. Apart from covering your corporate responsibility, staff are much more productive, with reduced absence if they feel they are valued and looked after. Even a minor incident can have a knock on impact on everyone’s health, trust and confidence in the company. MyTeamSafe ensures staff always feel safer when working independently. If an incident does occur it is managed by someone the person knows, not an impersonal call centre that doesn’t know the situation.
MyTeamSafe® is a simple to use App & Dashboard. A cost-effective light touch solution for reassuring your lone workers. It is flexible and keeps YOU in control rather than impersonal call centres.
MyTeamSafe® is a comprehensive and self-managed solution for businesses to prove their duty of care for all staff that work independently or without direct supervision, even occasionally.
MyTeamSafe is specifically designed to simply keep the business in control. No need for costly call centres that don’t know you, your business, or your staff.
With MyTeamSafe you know your staff are OK and where they all are.
MyTeamSafe is for Organisations and Individuals that work in all areas, including:
What Is Duty Of Care?
Duty of Care” is the legal obligation to ensure the safety and well being of others.
All UK companies have a responsibility to ensure that their employees do not suffer from any harm or loss in the workplace ensuring that they are safe at all times – This is known as duty of care.
What is LoneWorking?
“Those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision, either employees who work separately from others in an establishment or mobile workers who work away from a fixed base.”
A lone worker is not just someone who is staying late, or coming in at the weekend, but can be someone working when others are in the same building, but some distance away, out of immediate contact.
If there is potential for an accident to occur particularly if the worker will not be able to raise the alarm or be found quickly, then appropriate precautions must be taken as if they are a lone worker.
Employees who may be classed as Lone Workers include the following:
•Caretakers with the responsibility of opening and closing a building.
•Staff working outside of normal hours.
•Staff working in an isolated part of a building.
•School staff working during holiday periods.
Tasks Prohibited When Working Alone must be carried out to establish if the work can go ahead.
•Work at Height.
•Work on electrical, gas or plumbing systems.
•Work involving chemicals/dangerous substances, or the transport thereof.
•Work involving excavations or areas likely to cause a landslip or cave in.
MyTeamSafe® was created because of Rob Little’s concern for some of HILLINGAR’s Supply Chain consultancy clients. The problem was that warehouse or office staff were working late or opening and locking up a building on their own, often in the dark. None of these situations were intrinsically dangerous but accidents do happen and had. Some staff were naturally apprehensive but didn’t want to make a fuss. The company had an uncontrolled risk and their duty of care was not covered. Nothing serious had happened and solutions always looked costly or complex, so nothing was done. Read More
Do You Know Your Lone Workers Are Safe?
Working late, opening/locking up, working from home, even going to external meetings. These situations might not be intrinsically dangerous but, even with a minor incident, the business is still responsible.
By law, you are responsible to protect your staff’s welfare. Each violation could cost you £20,000. Lone workers are particularly vulnerable, even for short periods of time (e.g. locking up, off-site visits or working from home).
MyTeamSafe monitors your staff safety through a mobile app and web dashboard. You keep control, not costly impersonal call centres. Sessions start automatically or manually with optional location tracking (GPS). Find out today how easy it is to protect your staff and your business.
Why Choose MyTeamSafe?
MyTeamSafe ensures staff always feel safer when working independently. If an incident does occur it is managed by someone the person knows.
It takes less than 15 minutes get setup and go live. A simple phone app with quick check-in at user defined intervals or Panic Alarm. Keep control with total flexibility. Suitable for all sizes of business.
Asbestos kills around 5000 workers every year, did you know this is more deaths than people killed on the road?
Around 20 tradesmen die every week due to exposure to asbestos.
When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air. When these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases. These diseases will not affect you immediately; they often take a long time to develop, but once diagnosed, it is often too late to do anything. This is why it is important that you protect yourself now.
The Real Story of Asbestos? The human health effects from long-term unsafe asbestos exposure are well documented. Asbestos fibres are easily inhaled and carried into the lower regions of the lung where they can cause fibrotic lung disease (asbestosis) and changes in the lining of the chest cavity (pleura).
Training should be given.
Many employees can come across asbestos especially the workers, many people don’t know the hazards of asbestos and haven’t had the training, so how do you know your safe from asbestos?
Personal protective equipment must be warn.
It is so important to be protected by asbestos, your employer must provide you with the correct equipment for the job, training should also be given on how to take the equipment off once you have been working in an asbestos area in case they have been in contact with asbestos. PPE should also be replaced once warn once.
According to OSHA, the exposure limit for asbestos is 0.1 fibers per cubic centimeter of air on an eight-hour shift. This exposure is also restricted to 1.0 f/cc for a 30-minute limit for asbestos. With the knowledge of exposure limits, employees are more likely to remove themselves from a situation if they feel they are overexposed to asbestos before they are at risk for experiencing negative health effects.
Asbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc) and causes around 5000 deaths every year.
Many people are back and forth to work, short distances and long distances. But we all know that we can have our bad days and if that’s problems with your car then it could cause you to have a very bad day.
Have you ever thought of your lone worker’s safety when on the road? For example, do they know how to change a wheel on a vehicle? And do they know the highway code? Yes, a lot of people are covered by the AA but what if your lone worker has no signal or their phone is dead? How can they call the AA? What if its freezing cold outside and they have nothing to keep them self warm? But importantly have you ever thought your lone workers should carry a Road Side Safety Bag in their boot?
What Should A Roadside Emergency Kit Include?
A basic roadside emergency kit should include some of the following items:
1. Charged mobile phone. Although this item will probably be on your person, it may make the difference between getting help fast and maybe not getting help at all. “Make sure it is properly charged every time you get into your car.
2. First-aid kit. As well as an assortment of Band-Aids, it should include adhesive tape, gauze pads, aspirin, antiseptic wipes, antiseptic cream or ointment, and anything particular to you or your family.
4. Three reflective warning triangles. While many prepackaged emergency kits contain one warning triangle, you should have three that are placed 50 feet apart to warn oncoming traffic.
5. Tire gauge. Motorists should use the tire gauge in their car emergency kit to periodically check the air pressure in their spare tire. Make sure your spare tire is properly inflated, a lot of the time people ignore it until they have a flat, and then discover the spare is flat, too.
6. Foam tire sealant. A quick, inexpensive way to repair many flats without changing the tire.
7. Jumper cables. They should be at least 10 feet in length and coated with at least 8-gauge rubber.
8. Flashlight and extra batteries. The flashlight should be waterproof.
11. Duct tape. It is the universal fix-it solution. Carry at least 10 feet of it.
12. Tow strap or tow rope. It should be strong enough to tow 6,000 pounds.
13. Multipurpose utility tool. This can be something like a Leatherman Tool or a Swiss Army Knife.
14. Rain poncho. Even an inexpensive plastic poncho is better than nothing when changing a tire in the pouring rain.
15. Drinking water.
16. Nonperishable snacks. Protein bars are a good choice.
During the winter you should add a few other items if you might encounter snow and ice:
17. Warm blanket.
18. Snow shovel.
19. Cat litter. It works as well as the sand beneath the tires for traction and weighs less.
20. Windscreen ice scraper.
If you break down on a dual carriageway how far away from your vehicle should you place a warning triangle?
If you breakdown on a carriageway you should put a warning triangle on the road at least 45 metres (147 feet) behind your broken-down vehicle on the same side of the road, or use other permitted warning devices if you have them. Always take great care when placing or retrieving them, but never use them on motorways.
Lone Working Seminars at H&S event, NEC Birmingham, 10th -12th of April.
The Health and Safety Event has been developed to suit anyone responsible for health and safety at work. Along side The Fire Safety Event and The Facilities Event, The Health & Safety Event is the perfect education and networking opportunity for anyone responsible for running a safe and efficient workplace, anywhere in the UK.
This year the event is extra special with ….
The Lone Worker Feature Theatre is being hosted by the Lone Worker Safety Expo team. Speakers representing many industries will explore the challenges faced by lone workers and share best practice on assessing and managing the specific risks faced by lone workers.
There will be interactive sessions that will provide you with practical tips and ideas to take away along with opportunities to ask your questions to experts in their field. Whether your lone workers visit in the community, are customer facing, travel long distance (UK or abroad) or work in rural or isolated spaces, there will be vital information that will help you to ensure their safety.
If you have any involvement with lone working you should make time to visit the Lone Worker Safety Expo Team, chat with the exhibitors and stay for a session or two. There are upto 6 seminars each day.
This Expo is the best and easiest way to learn, meet and talk to your peers. … so register now
MyTeamSafe® is a suite of tools for your independent workers & supervisors, with a web dashboard for management. Highly configurable, where you keep control, not costly impersonal call centres. Everything you need to protect your staff and business in one easy subscription, on average £2.50 per user per month.
As someone in Social Care you will have experience of working on your own, even occasionally, It’s not necessarily dangerous but anything can happen and it’s the employer’s responsibility to ensure duty of care is provided to all employees. Did you know that failure to do this could result in fines of up to £20,000 fine per incident.
We will be at our stand all day, so we will really love to talk to you, maybe you would like to discuss one of the following:
Understanding what lone working is (you might be surprised)
Your previous lone working issues
Identifying current risks
Your current solution (if any)
What options are out there to cover your legal obligations
See MyTeamSafe in action?
We hope you can stop by and say hello to the team, we’re on stand HS226 (Small Stand, big solution).