Focusing on Lone Workers


Lone workers are technically anyone who works by themselves without close or direct supervision.  Some examples would include sole and isolated fixed location workers, off-shift security and maintenance workers, contractors, installation and repair technicians, and home services providers.  An estimated 15% of the workforce in North America and the United Kingdom are lone workers representing a whopping 53 million workers in total.1  Lone work tasks can be required in many industries, some with more hazardous environments than others.  Employers who focus on identification of significant lone worker exposures and appropriate control methods can provide a safe working environment for all employees.