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Work alone? Safety measures should be in place

In a variety of jobs and industries, some workers are alone in their field for either the entire or a portion of the day. Many people enjoy working in solitude and it’s necessary for some tasks.

However, there is safety in numbers. In an emergency, lone workers might be more vulnerable to getting hurt.

There are many types of jobs in which employers should protect employees on their own, including:

  • Cleaning and in-home service staff
  • Security guards
  • Night shift managers
  • Truck and delivery drivers
  • Health or mental support caregivers

The chances of injury or accident increase while working in these jobs for a few reasons. First, other people, such as patients or patrons, may view a sole worker as an easy target. In industrial jobs, working with heavy machinery or electrical wiring is already dangerous. Without support from nearby coworkers, a small mistake can cause serious damage. For jobs that require travel, workers are repeatedly exposed to roadway hazards.

EHS Today recommends that employers should provide solitary workers with easy ways to contact help in an emergency. A possible solution for workers is to be able to raise an alarm because it might frighten an attacker. In other positions, it might be imperative to have a way to quickly call first responders or other staff members.

People who work alone should be well prepared by their employers for a worst-case scenario. Certain jobs may need to have crisis management featured during training, especially in industrial fields.

Regardless of training or the expectation of danger at work, many employees are eligible to seek compensation when hurt on the job. This allows workers to avoid paying for their injury or resulting disability out of pocket for simply doing their duties.

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