Lone workers in manufacturing can be employed at sites big or small, working with products as diverse as metals, pharmaceuticals, food and drink, automotives or defense. While production lines assembling vehicles might come to mind, consider the lone workers moving products in a warehouse or operating alone on the production floor. For example, a manufacturing worker in Dunstable recently lost a finger and thumb in an accident involving a rolling machine.
Use of specialised, often dangerous machinery and equipment
Accident and injury; slips, trips and falls from height
Exposure to potentially hazardous materials
Handling of heavy materials
The UK manufacturing industry saw 15 fatal injuries in 2017/18, with falls from height, being struck by a moving/falling object, or coming into contact with moving machinery being the most common causes. These kinds of fatal injuries are preventable and can be safeguarded against and it is the responsibility of both manufacturers and their employees to take measures to protect themselves and others.
In an industry with a rate of fatal injury almost 50% higher than the all-industry rate, and where machinery, tools, vehicles and the strains of lifting or moving materials are considered the greatest risks, ensuring that proper training and equipment is provided has never been more important.
Ensure that all lone workers are trained in the use of tools and machinery and also know when a piece of machinery is not suitable to be used alone. Be certain your workers know when they need to get help from a colleague and not feel pressured to complete tasks unsafely.
Develop a lone working policy that accounts for the particular risks of your manufacturing business. One-size doesn’t fit all, and lone workers operating in factories producing foods will face certain risks that manufacturers in pharmaceuticals or the automotive industry will not.
Enable lone workers in your manufacturing company to work with oversight and confidence by using a lone worker solution. With Safepoint’s easy-to-use platform, your lone workers can start tasks, signal for help, and send real-time safety data, all from their existing mobile devices.
Robust management tools
Safepoint helps you meet health and safety requirements and legally safeguard your manufacturing organisation for the future. Manage your lone workers simply and effectively, and make informed safety decisions in real-time.
Smart, effective protection
Safepoint offers smart protection for lone workers in the field. Your employees can request help in case of emergency and the app alerts Guardians in the event a task duration expires. Your lone workers are safeguarded wherever they are.
Visibility and real-time updates
Safepoint shares vital safety information including GPS location, battery life and signal strength, instantly keeping Guardians and lone workers updated. Data is only shared during an active task so lone worker privacy is maintained.
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