Everyone knows there’s “safety in numbers,” so lone workers are at a special risk on the job. Workers who perform their tasks on their own must keep themselves safe, because if something were to happen, they have only themselves to rely on. But you can help your workers stay as safe as possible on the job.
Lone-worker safety—best practices
You can help protect the safety and well-being of your lone workers by reinforcing three key safety rules:
Identify safety hazards ahead of time.
Your lone workers, such as drivers, electricians, plumbers, etc., should be well aware of any on-the-job hazards. This includes aspects of the job that can be dangerous, plus situations they may encounter. The more prepared your workers are, the better they will be able to protect themselves.
Ensure proper training of lone workers.
All your workers should know how to operate all tools and machinery required to properly perform their job duties. This is especially important for lone workers, who must rely on their own knowledge and skills, and will have no one to consult if they have questions during their shift. You can also work with your recruiter to help you get properly qualified workers and maintain ongoing training.
Require the use of communication technology.
This includes a cell phone and GPS unit. Your workers should be able to get ahold of you, emergency services or law enforcement if they need help. A GPS unit is important for drivers, but also to help any of your workers get to job sites efficiently. Encourage your workers to bring chargers for all electronics to keep them charged up and in working order.
Get the right workers in place
If you don’t already, consider working with a niche staffing agency to help you source and place highly qualified labor candidates. Your recruiter will work with you to understand your needs and be sure you have the staff you need to get the job done. Many staffing agencies also offer ongoing training to ensure your workers maintain all required skills, licensing and credentials required to adequately perform their job duties.
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