In fact, the Office of National Statistics estimates that there are nearly 6 million lone workers in the UK. Many of these individuals work in conditions that expose them to personal danger from work-related violence or verbal abuse, accidents, serious illness or injury. And due to the fact that they are on their own this puts them at a greater risk should the worst happen.
As an employer, you have a legal and moral Duty of Care to your employees to protect them from unnecessary risk. If one of your employees suffers harm at work as a consequence of doing their job, you could end up in court. And if it can be proven that the systems you employ aren’t up to the job of protecting your lone working employees, you may be in breach of numerous pieces of Health and Safety legislation. This could have disastrous consequences.
Before even considering the cost of fines and litigation, the HSE estimates that it can cost between £17,000 and £19,000 on average just to investigate a physical assault. It can cost a lot less to prevent one. If an incident does occur, the courts will take the resources available to an organisation into consideration – the Sentencing Council guidelines state that a Corporate Manslaughter fine can be up to £20 million. But it is no defence for an employer to say that they did not have the time, money or resources to reduce risk. There is the possibility of courts imposing publicity orders which can tarnish reputations, and in the worst cases, prison sentences for seniors managers found to be negligent.
These are only the general laws affecting organisations – in addition, there are whole host of supplementary Health and Safety regulations which apply to specific industries, workplace environments and types of job activity. Please click on the links to find out about Corporate Manslaughter Act, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and Health and Safety Offences Act specifics.
If you think anything detailed in them or inferred by them applies to you and your employees . . .
Skyguard’s lone worker personal safety service can help fulfil your Duty of Care to your employees. So we don’t just protect lone workers and employees at risk, we help protect employers from potential ruinous litigation, too. What’s more, it’s proven to help increase morale and staff confidence knowing that if they need assistance fast, there is a highly trained professional there at all times to assist them in any emergency.
Skyguard takes a holistic approach to lone worker safety, by offering a range of training and consultancy services designed to complement and maximise the effectiveness of our service.
Naturally, every Skyguard client receives introductory training and ongoing support in setting-up their Skyguard account and using the service. In addition to this, we can also offer bespoke training and consultancy solutions tailored to each organisation’s particular requirements. Our panel of advisors can assist with Risk Assessments, Business Case Development for Lone Worker Services, Policy and Procedure review, and even Conflict Resolution training, if required.