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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: May 2018

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.

When we think of Lone Workers we think of people isolated in remote areas, but a Lone Worker, by definition 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…

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 workers
Related: 5 Ways To Make Your Site Inductions More Effective

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Mandownapp
  5. Proteleccheckmate
  6. SoloProtect
  7. StaySafeApp
  8. Thundermaps
  9. Tracetrak
  10. WhosOnLocation – Lone Worker Management
Related: The Top 18 Apps For Facility Managers

About WhosOnLocation

WhosOnLocation is a people presence management solution used by workplaces, sites and facilities across the world to improve safety and security for contractors, visitors and employees. WhosOnLocation enables organizations to set comprehensive custom parameters for notifications – a powerful tool to keep your lone workers safe.
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