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Health and safetySeptember 19, 2016
Lone workers are people who work alone without any direct or close supervision.
Mobile workers, such as drivers, surveyors, engineers or care workers are lone workers when they work away from their employer’s base. Some lone workers are at a fixed workplace but isolated, or in a role that takes them to a variety of locations or worksites. On call workers or workers who work overtime, outside normal hours or who open and close work premises, can also be classed as lone workers.
The risks of lone working.
Lone workers are more at risk than others because of the nature and/or isolation of their work. The risks associated can include exposure to attacks to their physical being or extended time spent on the road. In addition, other risks include:
Reduce the risks of lone working.
As an employer there are a few ways to reduce the risks associated with lone workers that include:
Employsure can advise you on reducing the risks to lone worker, avoiding complaints, and ensuring their safety. If you currently employ a lone worker, call Employsure today on 0800 657 700 to ensure you are meeting your employment obligations under the Employment Relations Act and Health and Safety at Work Act.