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Blog: 3 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be Using Lone Worker Radio Systems       Published: 19/01/2022

3 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be Using Lone Worker Radio Systems 

Occupational risks are intrinsic for lone workers, especially in high-risk working environments. Security, retail, warehouse, and healthcare workers – among others – often need to operate on their own, depending on the nature of their industries. Working alone can further increase occupational risks already present, making it crucial for employers to monitor their employees in real-time, and give them a means of instant communication, should they require help. A lone worker two-way radio is an invaluable tool for supervisors as it beeps at given intervals, prompting the workers to press a button to confirm their safety.

Many radio devices offer lone worker monitoring, a quick, simple method to ensure safe working conditions. Here are three reasons why you should use lone worker radio systems in your organisation.

1) They protect workers from invisible hazards

According to a 2019 study by the HSE, at least 65,000 people suffered non-fatal accidents in the year before the pandemic, while 111 fatalities were reported within the same period. It’s worth noting that not all workplace hazards are visible or predictable. Some risks can come unexpectedly, resulting in severe injuries or even loss of life.

The safety of workers in the most secluded places within a company is enhanced through lone worker radio systems because:

  • It facilitates better communication
  • It removes many elements of human error through automated reminders
  • It enables employees to call for help
  • Employees get warnings of impending danger

People working in dark and unmonitored places like quarries, building sites, or railway tunnels face unforeseen and unexpected dangers. An efficient monitoring lone worker two-way radio provides supervisors with reassurance that their teams are being checked on proactively.

2) Respond to medical emergencies promptly

Employers should be alert and prepared for unforeseen workplace hazards. Medical-related hazards, including allergic reactions, slips, and falls, can occur anytime. These are just some of the ‘non-fatal’ health risks that your employees are likely to experience. Some medical emergencies, such as heart attacks, or serious injuries, require fast discovery to help the patient accordingly.

Sudden electrocution, especially for workers dealing with power lines, requires emergency medical attention. In these cases, the worker may not be able to call for help or use their radio. ‘Man-down’ radio functions offer a fast and efficient way of alerting supervisors on workers’ safety and those who need emergency medical attention at a given time, by providing an automated alert if the person is stationary or prone for a given time period.

3) Facilitate effective communication

Better communication and coordination between colleagues leads to higher efficiency and productivity. Excellent communication often results in:

  • Courage to undertake new or challenging tasks
  • Confidence boost in teams
  • Higher job satisfaction
  • Increased competence

Organisations should establish proper communication channels for employees to share information, concerns, and requests for support at any appropriate time, especially when working on their own. Lone worker radios allow employees to easily speak to each other and receive direction from their supervisors during shifts.

Learn more

A lone worker two-way radio is a vital element of workplace safety. Install a safeguarding system, such as TRBOnet, on radios to recognise when a user is working alone and identify when the radio is offline, causing the software to raise the alarm automatically. Contact us today to learn more about using two-way radios in your organisation, and how they can improve workplace safety for lone workers.