Dangers of visiting a vacant property. House of horrors?

Dangers of visiting a vacant property. House of horrors?

Safe Hub mitigates against the potential dangers for any lone worker in the housing and property market who are visiting a vacant property.

Who or what lies behind a front door? It can be anyone’s guess if you’re a property inspector or a lone worker. The dangers of visiting a vacant property in the workplace can be numerous. It’s vital to make sure everyone who works in the housing and property market have the proper safeguards around them.

Let’s run through a few scenarios. A house that has been left to rot where even a simple walk around could end in an accident. The potential pitfalls are endless, no matter how experienced or careful you are. Broken floorboards, badly lit outbuildings or attics with no phone reception, unsafe electrics, broken windows and glass. How about a slippery step or a stairwell that could send someone tumbling at any moment? Even a straightforward maintenance jobs can become perilous. If you were in that attic or outbuilding and came to harm, how certain could you be that someone would quickly come to your aid?

What if you’re an inspector who has to deal with squatters at a vacant property? No one likes to be evicted from their home, even if they shouldn’t be there in the first place. It could feel very intimidating confronting a houseful of occupants. They could be hostile or under the influence of alcohol and drugs and see the lone worker as ‘the enemy.’ These are just a few examples of the dangers of visiting a vacant property. But luckily there is a solution. Our award-winning Safe Hub has your back (and your front) the moment you walk through that front door.

Mitigating the dangers of visiting a vacant property

Our Safe Hub App works seamlessly across all handsets, while ProtectMe is a powerful GSM/GPS-enabled personal tracking device. Both are extremely user and easy to use so perfect for the lone worker on the go. The Safe Check feature is a periodic welfare ‘check in’ system which is directly managed by the lone worker. They simply confirm their welfare by automated prompts at set intervals. So easy and so safe. If a worker fails to check in, the issue is flagged at our ARC (Alarm Receiving Centre). A personal escalation process is triggered for that worker: whether it’s a call to their line manager or bypassing 999 to go straight to the emergency services. Watch out for that broken step… too late! Our Worker Down feature uses motion and shock sensor technology to monitor a lone worker’s position, which again saves vital time contacting the right emergency service. All lone workers in the housing and property sector need this kind of lifeline.

Lone worker protection in remote locations

It’s quite common for property inspectors to visit a vacant property in a remote location or somewhere that has poor phone reception. Our robust and reliable SPOT Gen3 satellite device provides a line of communication in the areas where other phones don’t work. The prominent Red Alert button immediately connects a lone worker with a highly trained staff member at the ARC. They will be able to work out exactly where a lone worker is based on their GPS location and can provide instant support. If it turns out to be a false alarm, the lone worker can simply tell the ARC to ‘stand down.’ No drama. How about being proactive beforehand? Our Yellow Alert lets a lone worker leave a voicemail message before entering a potentially hazardous property, along with recoding their GPS location. If they raise a Red Alert or become uncontactable, the message will be accessed by ARC operatives and acted upon.

Mitigating the dangers of visiting a vacant property are essential. We don’t want anyone working in the housing and property market coming to any harm. Get Safe Hub and avoid lone workers walking into their very own house of horrors.

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.