It might seem obvious that workers in the transportation and storage sector spend much of their time alone when they’re on the road. But even when they’re not driving, they might be at large storage facilities or elsewhere out of sight and hearing of colleagues. For many workers in this sector, risks are based around being tired – for instance, on the roads or out in the field. But for workers on public transport, as well as passengers, there may also be risks associated with interacting with the public. In this blog, we’ll look at how Safe Hub and its wide range of features and discreet personal devices offer these transport lone workers protection.
Transport lone worker safety in the UK
On a day-to-day basis, the UK’s road network is under great pressure. In 2014, there were 35.6 million registered vehicles on Britain’s roads, and they covered some 311 billion vehicle miles. While fatalities and serious injuries have been trending down in recent years, there were still nearly 1,800 deaths on the road in that year, together with over 22,800 serious injuries. Factoring in a further 170,000 less serious injuries, it makes it all the more important for employers in the transportation sector to protect their lone workers. With features such as Safe Check and Worker Down, Safe Hub can safeguard lone workers out on the road.
Logistics businesses need to protect their lone workers too
The rise of internet retail businesses has prompted a corresponding increase in the number of people employed in logistics and supply chain roles in recent years. These can be broken down into a number of different roles. From freight transportation and through to postal and courier activities, many logistics lone workers will be out and about alone. As for maritime and port operations, warehousing, storage and handling, some roles involve an element of lone working.
The logistics sector is dominated by small- and medium-sized enterprises. It follows that many employees in various roles in the sector will frequently work alone or remotely. What’s more, there are often awkward shift patterns that necessitate workers operating out-of-sight of, or at different times, from colleagues. For all these workers, Safe Hub can provide a valuable lifeline to emergency, proactive and reactive support.
Safe Hub scenario: an engineer surveying track on a national rail network
We like to present real-world lone working scenarios to illustrate how Safe Hub suits particular job roles. Take Andy, a lone working trackside engineer for a UK rail network. Andy and his colleagues often don’t have immediate access to standard emergency services when working alone. For instance, they may be operating in an area where mobile phone coverage is patchy. Clearly, many lone workers in this category will also require personal protective equipment. It’s therefore vital to ensure that any lone worker safety device is compatible with such equipment that Andy uses. And as with many lone worker roles, transport to sites and between them may bring its own risks, especially if tracks are in remote areas without road access. Andy may be at risk just getting to a site he’s working on.
Often the priority for engineers such as Andy will be using a satellite device such as SPOT Gen3 or the latest edition, SPOT X. These devices provide emergency protection wherever the worker may be as they’re not reliant on phone signal – and robust buttons mean that it’s easy to trigger a Red Alert even when used with safety gloves.
However, the priority for Andy may be getting him reactive help in the event that he slips, trips or falls. A device with built-in motion and shock sensors will be ideal, so that they can deploy our Worker Down feature. Worker Down is available on the smartphone mobile app and many of our dedicated devices, all with a roaming SIM to ensure maximum signal up-time.
To find about more about protecting lone workers in manufacturing and construction, contact Lone Worker Solutions and the Safe Hub team today
Post by Georgia Parsons
Georgia is Account Executive at Lone Worker Solutions (LWS). She introduces new clients to Safe Hub, our award-winning system to protect and monitor lone workers. Safe Hub is a package of buddy, proactive, reactive, broadcast and virtual barrier protection for lone workers. The system supports lone and remote workers on the widest possible array of BS8484:2016 Gold Certified devices, including Android, Apple and Windows smartphones, BlackBerrys, standard mobiles, PCs, intrinsically safe devices, specialist personal safety devices and satellite phones.