Lone workers are simply people who work alone without direct or close supervision and this is usually legal.
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 maintenance role that takes them all over the worksite. “On call workers” who work overtime, outside normal hours or who open and close work premises, can also be lone workers.
The risks of lone working
Lone workers are more at risk than others because of the nature and location of their work. They risk violent attack, whether from a thief when opening or closing work premises, or because they work in an area of social deprivation or with vulnerable people. Some lone workers risk being in serious road accidents or injuring themselves because of previously unknown poor health. Other implications for lone workers:
Reduce the risks of lone working
As an employer you have a few ways to reduce the risks to your lone worker:
Employsure can advise you on reducing the risks of lone working.
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