One size doesn’t fit all

One size doesn’t fit all: lone worker protection

The teacher who stays late to mark homework, or who faces the threat of violence in the classroom. The supermarket cashier who has to deal with drunk and aggressive customers. The district nurse who travels to treat patients in their own homes. The construction or quarry worker who works in remote sites with heavy machinery and hazardous materials. Just a few examples to show the myriad of roles in the lone working industry. There might be one common goal in mind, to keep people safe, but with such a diverse workforce, who are all in very different scenarios with very different needs, how do you make sure they have the right safety device for them?

Protection needs to fit each individual

Let’s face it, there is absolutely no point investing money in worker safety and then training them up on it, if it isn’t suitable for them. Each lone worker needs to have an individual risk assessment. Who, what, why, where. How do they want to use it? Do they want it on their person? Luckily with Safe Hub there is a perfect solution for every scenario. For example, customer-facing staff need a wearable device or product with an easy-to-locate SOS feature. Depending on your levels of discretion, our SOS Fob can be clipped into a specially molded identity badge, worn on the arm or carried in the pocket.

A device for all seasons

Meanwhile, our kick-ass SPOT Gen3 satellite device is perfect if you work in remote areas that have a weak mobile signal – providing that critical backup with our Red Alert service when all other lines of communication are down. Or if you’re an estate agent who is always the go, or a health professional who has to carry a lot of equipment, you’ll probably want a system accessed via an app or short dial programming. Our app includes all our features: Red Alert, Yellow Alert, Safe Check, Worker Down, Group Alert and Safe Beacon. You’ll also be ‘appy’ to know it works seamlessly across all Android, Apple and Windows smartphones, Blackberry handsets and even PCs. Which is great for office or home-based workers who need desktop-accessible security systems.

And let’s not forget the outdoor workers. In the UK in 2016/17 the manufacturing and construction industries had a higher than average rate of workplace injuries. Staff working near to combustible materials or in industrial locations will require an intrinsically safe device specifically to remove the risk of a spark. Our specialist Twig and Ecom devices limit the use of electrical and thermal energy to ensure safe levels that won’t ignite a specific hazardous atmospheric mixture. What is a lifeline for one worker can be useless – or even life threatening - for another. So it’s vital you get the combination right. That’s why Safe Hub has all your options covered. Basically, we’re tailor-made for danger.

Contact Lone Worker Solutions and the Safe Hub team today

Post by Rob Gilbert

Rob is Chief Sales Officer at Lone Worker Solutions (LWS). He is responsible for introducing new clients to the benefits of Safe Hub, and ensuring their experience is straightforward, simple and truly effective. His consultative, customer-focused approach means our clients have full access to every possible resource to achieve lasting, best-of-breed solutions and service excellence.

About Lone Worker Solutions

At Lone Worker Solutions, it’s our business to protect employees, managers and shareholders from the risks associated with working alone. This includes the potential hazards faced by staff who work by themselves, remotely, or out-of-sight or earshot of colleagues. When it comes to safety we don't believe in a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach; instead, we tailor our solution to each organisation's exact needs.

About Safe Hub

Safe Hub is an award-winning package of emergency, buddy, proactive, reactive, broadcast and virtual barrier protection for lone workers. Safe Hub 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.