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August 24, 2016 0

Employing a Lone Worker? Here are 10 apps that have got your back

Posted by:Erin Brown onAugust 24, 2016

Last updated: February 2020

Employees that work alone often lack the safety or backup of those around them should they face confrontation, injury, or otherwise require assistance. In many countries, the law requires employers to carefully consider and then mitigate the health and safety risks to employees working alone. Although working alone is synonymous with contractors and employees in isolated or remote locations, in the eyes of the law, it’s possible to be surrounded by a thousand people and still be working alone. By definition a lone worker can actually include:

  • Staff on the night shift working in petrol stations
  • Contractors working inside occupied premises but in isolation of any close or direct supervision
  • Delivery workers
  • Cleaners
  • Repair staff
  • Security guards on lone patrol
  • Workers involved in construction
  • Miners
  • Maintenance and repair staff in the field
  • Agricultural and forestry workers
  • Telecommunications technicians
  • Rural delivery drivers
  • Social and medical workers
  • Estate agents
  • And many more…

Managing the risks associated with employees and contractors working alone can be a challenge. Luckily, there is a wide range of apps and services available to help organizations reduce the chances of lone worker injury or loss of life.

This is not an ‘exhaustive’ or a ‘best of’ list but here are 10 great apps available globally that offer a wide range of features and services to help you get ahead of Lone Worker health and safety, and compliance.

  1. Crystalball
  2. Grace Industries
  3. Guardian24
  4. Lone Alert
  5. Proteleccheckmate
  6. SoloProtect
  7. StaySafeApp
  8. SaferMe
  9. Tracetrak
  10. WhosOnLocation – Lone Worker Management

Lone Worker Well-Being Check

 

Above: WhosOnLocation can send you an SMS or email alert to notify you when someone has exceeded their expected duration on-site.

Some common ways organizations manage the health and safety of their Lone Workers are:

  • Systematic Risk Assessments
  • Developing a Lone Worker Policy
  • Implementing a Buddy System
  • Lone Worker Training
  • Conflict Management Training
  • Using monitoring systems and equipment (Panic Alarms, Mandown (fall/impact) Detectors, Pendant Trackers, and GPS Mobile Apps
  • Inductions specific to lone worker
Related: 5 Ways To Make Your Site Inductions More Effective

Some apps, like WhosOnLocation, or Guardian24’s mobile app, leverage a worker’s smartphone. Others, like SoloProtect’s Identicom, or Grace Industries require a worker to carry a specific, fit-for-purpose device. Each app addresses different Lone Worker situations and needs, such as Lone Worker monitoring.

Regardless of what requirements organizations need to address the safety and security of their Lone Workers, there is a solution that will meet the requirements of most organizations within the huge range apps and services now available.

Related: The Top 18 Apps For Facility Managers

About WhosOnLocation

WhosOnLocation provides people presence management software that monitors the safe and secure movement of people through buildings and work sites. Our powerful, cloud-based solution unites visitor, contractor, employee, and emergency management, enabling organizations to secure their facilities and ensure the safety of every person on-site.

Armed with a rich, unified source of people presence information, our users are empowered to make more strategic, data-driven decisions that mitigate risk, reduce overhead costs, and streamline operations.

WhosOnLocation serves organizations in 39 countries around the world, protecting billions of dollars in assets and IP, and managing over 20 million secure movements through over 2500 facilities each year.

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