Keeping the lights on and the workers safe
From gas, electricity and water suppliers to integrated providers, the utilities sector is tightly regulated to ensure reliable supply. Meanwhile, health & safety legislation ensures utilities companies protect their lone workers. From Worker Down scenarios for engineers, to dealing directly with the public, Safe Hub is ideally placed to offer these workers the protection they need.
Remove the risk of a spark
Lone working utility engineers operating near combustible materials or in extreme conditions can use an intrinsically safe device. By limiting the use of electrical and thermal energy to a low level, they eliminate the risk of igniting hazardous atmospheric mixtures. At the same time, they’re top-of-the-range mobile phones, deploying GPS/GSM technology, and they provide excellent reception and coverage. Twig Protector Ex and Protector Ex Pro support the full range of Safe Hub features.
Poor phone signal
Even if they’re in an area where mobile phone coverage is patchy, we’ve got lone utilities workers covered. They can access Safe Hub using a satellite device such as SPOT Gen3 or the brand-new SPOT X with 2-way audio. These both provide emergency Red Alert protection wherever the worker may be – and robust buttons work even when used with safety gloves.
As well as fatal accidents, non-fatal injuries can be devastating for those involved.
There are a range of specific safety concerns which may cause injury in the utilities and engineering sector. From extreme temperatures and chemical or biological hazards, to physical strain and overexertion, lone utilities workers can be at risk.
Safe Hub can mitigate the effects of all these causes of accidents, by targeting workers with emergency, reactive and proactive support as needed.
Useful guidelines and resources
In the UK, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has some useful resources on working in the sector.
These range from a guide for employers on working with sewage through to guidance on preventing falls from height.
In the USA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) similarly provides extensive guidance for employers and employees in the sector.
Safe Hub deployed across 47 states in the USA
In 2016, American Water selected us to provide lone worker protection services. As the largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company in the US, it serves 15 million people across 47 states. We deployed our proprietary platform, Safe Hub, via apps for both Android and Apple iOS smartphones to meet their workers’ specific needs and improve safety. One key factor was that we were able to install our proprietary monitoring software on their network, allowing the company’s Security Team to monitor workers’ safety themselves.
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