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Lone Worker Safety

Ensuring the safety of your lone workers should be your top priority. Let us help you find the most appropriate lone worker safety solution for your business!

What is a Lone Worker?

A lone worker carries out their job responsibilities generally without supervision. They can be anyone from contractors to self-employed people to employees, operating from home or in fixed establishments where only a single person works on the premises. These include workers in small workshops, petrol stations, and kiosks.

People working in factories, warehouses, leisure centres, and training or research establishments can also be classified as lone workers as long as they operate separately from their colleagues. Other types of lone workers include cleaners, security, maintenance and repair staff, and special production personnel who work outside normal hours.

Construction workers, plant installers, electrical repairers, lift repairers, vehicle recovery specialists, and similar workers are also considered lone workers as they work away from their fixed base.


Why is Lone Worker Safety Important?

Lone workers are not under direct supervision, making it difficult to provide assistance in certain situations. Therefore, organisations must have appropriate safety measures to showcase their commitment to employees’ well-being and welfare.

Mitigating risk is much easier with a complete plan in place, allowing the organisation to address risks and implement safety protocols. Additionally, lone workers themselves will know what to do if they encounter accidents, health emergencies, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Finally, lone worker safety is crucial to remain legally compliant. Employers have a duty of care, which should be met to avoid potential penalties and liabilities.

Can Technology be Used to Improve Lone Worker Safety?

Yes, and in fact, technology plays a critical role in boosting lone worker safety. Different lone worker solutions are available, including GPS tracking that enables real-time lone worker tracking of lone workers’ locations and automated check-ins, providing regular prompts and updates to ensure worker health or condition.

Real-time lone worker monitoring systems are also available to observe a person’s activity and well-being continuously. Organisations use these technological solutions to determine whether an individual is working like normal, is currently in a stressful situation, or has stopped moving.

Employers can also use data collected from safety technologies to identify problem areas and proactively improve their safety measures. Technology allows for two-way communication and even instant alerts should an emergency arise.


Are Employers Responsible for the Safety of Lone Workers?

Yes, it is the legal and moral responsibility of employers to ensure the safety and well-being of all employees, including those working in solitary environments.

Although specific requirements and obligations may vary depending on the industry and jurisdiction, all employers are expected to protect their lone workers from possible hazards. The Code of Practice under section 274 of the Work Health and Safety Act provides practical guidance for anyone who has a duty of care. It assists them in effectively identifying and managing risks, starting with conducting a thorough risk assessment.

From here, safety policies and procedures tailored specifically to lone workers must be developed and communicated clearly. Policies should include guidelines for emergencies, reporting incidents, and using safety technologies or devices. All policies and procedures must be reviewed and updated whenever required.

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Common Risks Associated with Lone Working

Employers must manage health and safety risks before allowing people to work alone. This requirement applies to anyone, such as contractors and self-employed individuals. As there will always be more significant risks for lone workers, organisations should be aware of the most common risks that workers in isolation can face, including:


Worksite accidents, such as slips, falls, and trips, can happen to anyone. However, they are often more dangerous in the case of lone workers as there is no immediate supervision available.


Security personnel, delivery drivers, and healthcare workers tend to face violence or assault from other individuals they may encounter along the way. They are more vulnerable to aggressive contacts, especially without support or backup.

Health Emergencies

Lone workers can suffer from a sudden injury, illness, or severe medical emergency. Such a situation is challenging because they may not receive immediate medical attention or assistance due to their location.

Social Isolation

Working alone for an extended period can result in heightened feelings of anxiety, stress, and isolation. Because lone workers do not socially interact with other people for several hours daily, it can have a negative impact on their mental well-being.

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Simply Unified’s Personal Tracking Device has been invaluable to us to keep us informed of the whereabouts of our ageing (but very active) mum, giving us peace of mind that we can quickly locate her if need be. The device, with its long battery life and small size, makes it very easy to ensure that it is always on her person and always with enough charge for proper operation.

Frequently Asked Questions

With the real-time location information you get, you can quickly track where a particular asset is. Our GPS trackers have a Recovery Mode that you can switch on using a dedicated app. By activating this feature, the tracker will provide you with updates on updates that may have gone missing. Live tracking will immediately be available in the app so you can begin asset recovery.
Geofencing is a location-based technology used to create a virtual fence around an area, such as a property, building, or worksite. You will receive a notification if a person or asset enters or leaves that geofence. This alert will be directly sent to your smartphone or a centralised system, which will then trigger a specific event.
Simply Unified offers GPS vehicle tracking devices that have the ability to raise alerts so you do not miss any scheduled or periodic repair/maintenance. They can also provide you with location updates, which include time, distance, and activity. Use the GPS trackers for route optimisation to save time and fuel by finding the nearest vehicle to a customer’s location. Our trackers also give information regarding driver behaviour, seat belt data, and more.

Asset management is so much easier when you have the tracking device you need. A GPS asset tracker lets you monitor an asset by giving you its location in real time. You can opt to get periodic updates, such as hourly or every 30 minutes, to save power. But don’t worry; these trackers are rechargeable, so you can continue using them to track your fleet after a full recharge.

A Wi-Fi asset tracker uses a special Wi-Fi tracking tag that scans access points to locate assets and transmits data via antennas and routers. Here at Simply Unified, we have both GPS and Wi-Fi asset trackers, so you can keep monitoring assets based on your requirements.

Because we only have high-quality products, we offer lifetime warranties for our GPS trackers. If the device you ordered does not work as expected, you can get a full refund if reported within 14 days of purchase. Should you have any queries, complaints, or requests, all you need to do is to contact our customer support line. We provide unlimited support, including 1:1 web training, without additional charges.

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