Fixed-Site Lone Workers: Profile, Hazards and Solutions

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Lone working roles can be split into three categories, each facing their own unique set of risks.

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Fixed-site lone worker examples

Fixed-site lone workers are those who work at a fixed location and often have little contact with other people. These sites often include high-risk locations such as building sites and factories. Here are a few examples of fixed-site lone workers:

  • Security Guards
  • Site Maintenance Officers
  • Shift Workers
  • Machine Operators
  • Facilities Managers
  • Office Workers
  • Builder

Your business may have more than one type of lone worker, you may even have employees who fall in between the categories. This is why individual risk assessments are important; in order to clearly understand what the risks are to that particular type of role.

Understanding your workforce and recognising the risks to their personal safety is vital to complying with health and safety legislation and showing your duty of care. A risk assessment will identify your lone workers’ risks in the three categories:

  • People – Who are your staff likely to come into contact with?
  • Environment – Where are they working?
  • Tasks – What are they doing?

Risks for fixed-site lone workers

Environment

Fixed-site workers often work in high-risk environments with little or no supervision, therefore, face significant risks. This kind of environment poses a threat to lone workers should they experience any difficulties whereby they need assistance.

Tasks

For fixed-site workers, their daily tasks can often include work with machinery or carrying out high risk and intensive labour. These tasks can often be unsupervised, making the lone worker vulnerable should they suffer from an incident where they need assistance.

Slips, Trips or Falls

For those fixed-site workers whose duties involve working with heights, they could be exposed to accidents including slips, trips or falls.

Illness or Accident

There is every chance that a fixed-site worker could become ill during their working day or have an accident and be unable to summon assistance.