Lone Worker Personal Safety Alarms

Why are Lone Workers at risk?

Lone workers range from staff working as a social care workers, to surveyors and estate agents. Although lone working has many positives including increased flexibility and cost savings, workers who work unassisted are more vulnerable and at risk to both human and environmental threats.

For instance, social care workers are required to visit family homes, often under difficult circumstances, meaning that as tensions may rise with family members. Social care workers are often at risk of abuse and even attack in some cases and require extra support and protection.

For those working in construction, slips, trips, and falls are the most common injuries which can occur when working in unpredictable and unstable conditions. Falls from height can be very serious and costly to both companies and their lone workers.

How can Lone Worker safety be improved with personal alarms?

Signalling for help quickly and effectively can sometimes be a difficult task for lone workers, who may find themselves areas of low signal, incapacitated from injury or needing to signal for help discreetly to prevent antagonising a difficult situation. The use of personal alarms is hugely valuable in these scenarios.

The use of a personal alarm can enable a worker to raise the alarm instantly for further assistance or support in the event that their safety is under threat.

How does the StaySafe personal alarm work?

The StaySafe app provides a lone worker with a personal alarm that is embedded within their smartphone, meaning that there no extra devices or equipment are necessary.

The personal alarm feature is tailored to the lone worker and the company and can be performed in many different ways to alert their employer, depending on the circumstance.

For Lone workers in high-risk environments, such as working behind closed doors or away from a fixed base, the ‘man-down’ feature can detect falls or impact, as well as when there is no movement. An alert can then be sent accordingly, even in areas of low signal.

A notification will be sent to the Hub if a lone worker has failed to check out of their session. This can then be followed up by staff at the Hub to ensure the worker is safe.

For lone workers looking to raise a more discreet personal alarm, a duress pin can be entered, sending a secret panic alert if a lone worker is faced with a threatening member of the public or a client.

For Lone Workers who cannot access their phone in an emergency, StaySafe offer a small wearable button, which is versatile in the way it can be clipped onto clothing, or worn around the wrist or neck. This type of personal alarm is connected via Bluetooth to the StaySafe app on the employees smartphone.

The panic alert from the lone worker’s personal alarm can be received in numerous ways at the StaySafe Hub. An SMS, email and phone call notification can be sent to selected monitors, depending on the company’s preferred set up and their exact location will be shown on a real time map within the Hub to allow for help to be sent immediately.

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