Man Down Safety Devices
Ensure you are alerted if an employee suffers an accident
What are man down alarms?
Man down alarms are devices that detect falls or impact and send a man down alert to an external monitor. There are a number of man down alarm options available on the market today, from mobile apps to wearable technology.
Man down alarms are a great solution for those working in environments where slips, trips and falls are a risk, those suffering from medical issues and those at risk of physical attacks. Man down alarms are a particularly important tool for lone workers who may be unable to alert someone if they suffer a fall and are knocked unconscious or are unable to make a phone call.
What are the benefits of a lone worker man down alarm?
Slips, trips and falls remain the biggest cause of workplace accidents across many industries around the world – accounting for 49% of all non-fatal workplace injuries. Whether falling from a height or tripping on wiring and other hazards, falls can cause serious injury to your employees and can even be fatal.
Knowing when a fall happens and sending immediate medical assistance can be the difference between a minor injury and a life changing one. But what if your employees work alone or out of sight and sound? How can they raise the alarm if they are injured? Man down alarms and devices are becoming an increasingly popular solution for such situations.
Implementing a lone worker man down alarm can help organisations to protect the safety of their lone workers and meet their legal duty of care.
What are the hazards of lone working?
Lone workers come across the same hazards as other employees, yet the risk is further increased as any hazard faced, is faced alone.
What are the main types of hazards?
Lone workers are at a higher risk of violence, robberies and aggression as they are often considered by attackers as easier targets. A lone worker could be knocked unconscious during an attack leaving them unable to call for help or emergency assistance.
All employees have the potential to come across environmental risks such as slip hazards, moving vehicles and electrocution to name a few. However, this risk is heightened when working alone as receiving immediate assistance and medical help may not be possible.
If a lone worker suffers a medical emergency such as a stroke or loss of consciousness, receiving immediate support and alerting emergency services could prove difficult particularly if working remotely or out of sight and sound.
How do man down systems work?
Man down devices will usually work through the use of an accelerometer or man down sensor. They may detect a change in position, a lack of movement or a sudden impact.
Wearable man down devices
StaySafe offers a man down device in the form of the V.BTTN, a small wearable button that can be worn in a variety of ways including around the wrist. The V.BTTN works using an accelerometer which detects a fall followed by an impact. When a fall is detected by the device, the StaySafe app will notify the relevant monitors so that they can respond accordingly and ensure the lone worker received the support they need.
Lone worker man down app
Apps work in a slightly different way to wearable devices in that they detect non-movement rather than impact.
The StaySafe app utilises smartphone accelerometers to detect periods of non-movement. If the device does not move for 10 minutes, a non-movement alert will be sent to the monitor allowing them to check on the person’s safety and send assistance if necessary.
Who could benefit from a man down system?
Remote and lone workers
With 28% of non-fatal injuries being caused by slips, trips and falls, anyone working alone or out in the field could benefit from using a man down system.
The hazards associated with falls are not only common but often uncontrollable for those working away from a fixed work base.
For example, many lone workers enter client homes, work sites and travel between meetings. While training can be given on identifying and removing fall hazards when entering a new environment, it is not always practical to do so.
Both man down devices and apps can be useful in such situations depending on the level of risk.
Working at height
Falls from height remain the biggest cause of workplace fatalities. Due to the high risk involved, all possible steps should be taken by the business to prevent falls from occurring. However, if an employee does suffer a fall, man down alarms will ensure someone is alerted immediately.
When working at height, it is important to have a man down system that detects fall and impact rather than just non-movement.
If you hire employees with a known medical condition, man down alarms can alert you if they fall unconscious or are unable to move. In these situations, a man down app that detects non-movement may be the best option as someone with a medical condition in need of help may not always suffer a fall.
In areas of low signal
Man down alarm systems need a mobile signal to send an alert. If your employees operate in areas of mobile blackspots, StaySafe’s low signal mode allows the mobile app to send non-movement alerts over an SMS signal.
If you are interested in any of StaySafe’s lone worker man down solutions get in contact to find the right option for you.
Personal panic alarms
As well as having a man down alarm, it is important for at-risk employees including lone workers to be equipped with personal panic alarms. Personal panic alarms allow employees to raise an alarm any time they feel at risk or are in need of assistance.
Mobile safety alarms
The great thing about mobile safety alarms such as lone worker apps is that they offer much more than just a non-movement alert. The StaySafe app also works as a GPS tracking solution with panic options and missed check-in alerts. This means that someone will be alerted even in a non-fall related emergency.
Wearable lone working technology from StaySafe
The StaySafe solution has been specifically developed to overcome the wide range of lone worker challenges. Lone workers are covered in the event of a fall, confrontation, injury or medical emergency.
The main features of the app include;
- Timed sessions
- Check-in intervals
- Panic button
- Discreet panic
- Non-movement detection
- Duress PIN
- Low signal mode
When paired with our low-cost wearable device, the StaySafe solution provides a reliable way to raise an alert in the event of a fall. The device can be worn around the wrist or clipped to clothing for easy access and can even be used to check-in or raise a panic alarm.
If you are interested in any of StaySafe’s lone worker alarm and man down solutions get in contact to find the right option for you.