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Protecting lone workers in the transport and environment sectors

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Lone working in transport, storage, agriculture, forestry and fishing

Across this sector, many workers spend at least part of their working lives alone or out of sight and earshot of colleagues, in the field, on the road or at storage facilities. Often the main risks they face are based around being tired. But for workers on public transport, there may also be risks associated with interacting with the public. With its wide range of features and discreet personal devices, Safe Hub can offer lone worker protection to them all.

Engineers and surveyors

Trackside engineers often don’t have immediate access to standard emergency services, for instance if they are operating in an area where mobile phone coverage is patchy.

Clearly, many lone workers in this category will also require personal protective equipment, so it’s vital to ensure that any lone worker safety device is compatible with such equipment.

Often the priority for engineers will be using a satellite device such as our SPOT X and SPOT Gen3, which provide emergency protection wherever the worker may be. Their robust buttons mean that it’s easy to trigger a Red Alert even when used with safety gloves.

Transport and logistics workers

On a day-to-day basis, the UK’s road network is under great pressure. While fatalities and serious injuries have been trending down in recent years, there are still significant numbers of deaths and serious injuries on the roads each year. With features such as Safe Check and Worker Down, Safe Hub can safeguard lone workers out on the road.

With the rise of internet retail businesses, there has been a corresponding increase in the number of people employed in logistics and supply chain roles in recent years. As the 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.

Locala Community Partnerships

Across Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford

Locala is a leading Community Interest Company and selected Safe Hub to support staff who work alone or out of contact with line managers. The group’s 1,300 staff provide community-based health services in health centres, GP surgeries, schools and service users’ own homes. Locala provides a wide range of healthcare services, from health visiting to speech and language therapy, and from substance misuse teams and sexual health to community nursing and podiatry. Service users often have complex needs, are vulnerable, or are in challenging environments.


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