What are you doing about lone working?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have identified lone working as a significant area of risk in the workplace. The construction industry is not immune to the associated risks, quite the opposite. At Gradon Construction we have our Lone Worker Policy in place in which we recognise our responsibilities to:
• Recognise and manage the risks
• Allocate resources for implementation and monitoring
• The training plans are in place and are delivered to all who might be affected by Lone Working
In our field of civil engineering; groundwork, formwork, and temporary work, there are a number of challenges that we have had to address, ensuring that the risk of lone working is assessed in a systematic and ongoing way and that safe systems and methods of work are put in place to reduce the risk so far as is reasonably practicable:.
• Development of Risk Assessments and Safe Systems of Work
• Education and Communication
o Increasing staff awareness of safety issues relating to lone working.
o Ensuring that appropriate training is available to all staff in all areas that equips them to recognise risk and provides practical advice on safety when working alone.
o Ensuring that appropriate support is available to staff who have to work alone.
• System development
o Ensuring that a predetermined two-way communication plan is in place and effective.
o Encouraging full reporting and recording of all adverse incidents relating to lone working and take steps to reduce the number of incidents and injuries to staff related to lone working.
The fundamental principle behind our work is that lone working is carried out with the knowledge of the management team. The steps outlined above have been carried out to ensure that all the necessary precautions have been implemented and that it is safe for our work to start in a systematic way.
The HSE has a series of resources aimed at managing lone working from both an employer and employee perspective.