Ensuring the Safety of Lone Workers



In recent years the traditional workplace has changed beyond recognition, influenced largely by technology and the automisation of services which have extended workplaces far beyond the boundary walls of the office. Increasing property prices coupled with the economic downturn of recent years have caused many organisations to downsize on office space. Globalisation has also had its part to play as workforces become more mobile, setting up satellite operations around the world to capitalise on new growth opportunities.

All of these factors have created solitary working conditions which had previously not existed yet many employers are yet to recognise the additional safety and security issues which have consequently arisen and which are now leaving their lone workers vulnerable to an enhanced level of risk. But assessing the risk is not always straight forward. Many organisations struggle with the challenges posed by overseas worksites, making risk assessment logistically difficult and costly.

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