Many know the definition of a lone worker is one who performs activities in isolation from others, with after-hours operations being most common. But how do you identify and protect your lone workers? Do you have a written policy identifying job positions classified as lone workers? Do you have workers with known medical conditions or other special risk conditions?

An effective lone worker device is a worn personal safety monitor designed to sense a lack of motion and also provide the worker with a means to manually initiate a panic alarm when able to call for help.

Methods for safety monitoring

Manual check-in systems make it the responsibility of the worker to check in with someone, or for someone to check in with the worker. This method is risky because a lot can happen during the time between an expected check-in, creating the risk of someone mentally checking out when no one is expecting a check-in. It’s a dangerous practice, according to a Grace Industries spokesperson.

Meanwhile, immediate notification monitoring systems have the ability to notify, identify and locate a worker in distress. If you want to pay a monthly fee, there are monthly fee/subscription cellular-based systems. But a system that relies on cellular service or cellphone apps should be vetted carefully to ensure that reliable cellular coverage is always available. After all, any system is only as strong as its weakest link.

Grace Industries’ lone worker system doesn’t rely on cellular connections or require subscriptions or monthly fees and is designed specifically for your facility. It’s connected to a voice telephone dialer or SCADA system to provide immediate emergency notification of a worker in distress.

Grace Industries is a manufacturer of life safety innovations for a number of industries. The company’s products are made in the U.S. and have helped protect lone workers, firefighters, miners, military personnel, industrial workers, chemical workers and more for over 40 years.

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