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Lone worker safety webinar

5 Gaps in Your Lone Worker Safety Program [Webinar Recap]

By | Safety and Security

Last week AlertMedia hosted a webinar on Lone Worker Safety. The conversation was led by Penelope Doherty, former Texas DFPS Safety Support Manager, and Scott Ryder, AlertMedia’s Chief Product Officer.

Penelope and Scott discussed the importance of employee safety, how to define a safety program, common gaps in lone worker safety programs, and shared stories of lone workers who have effectively used AlertMedia’s SafeSignal product. If you missed the webinar, you can access the recording here. Read More

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How to Mitigate Workplace Violence

By | Emergency Management, Safety and Security

No business wants to think about a violent incident occurring at their workplace. But each year, more than 2 million American employees report having been a victim of various types of workplace violence. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 807 workers were fatally injured in work-related attacks in 2017. To put that into perspective, that’s nearly 16% percent of the 5,147 workplace fatalities from the same year. Read More

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Where There’s Smoke: Fire Risks in the Workplace

By | Emergency Management, Safety and Security

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were over 33,000 workplace fires from 2013–2017 totaling $1.5 billion in property loss. Understanding how a fire might originate is the first step organizations should take in protecting its people and assets.

Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a completely fireproof facility. There are simply too many factors present to safeguard against every hazard. While workplace fires are sometimes out of an organization’s control, understanding risk will help dramatically reduce the likelihood a fire will occur. Read More

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Why A Panic Button App Isn’t Enough

By | Safety and Security

Lone workers such as social workers, real estate agents, and home healthcare providers are vulnerable to various dangers on the job. Isolation, unknown clients, and entering dangerous environments are a few of the risks they face.

Organizations have a moral and legal responsibility to keep those workers safe and informed. While a panic button app checks some boxes for management (convenient, cheap, and low tech), there are a number of drawbacks.

If protecting your lone workers is a top concern, it’s important to learn more about these problematic solutions. Read More

Lone Worker Risks

Lone Worker Risks: How to Protect Your People

By | Safety and Security
In January of 2014, a social worker in North Carolina began working with a male client. It became clear the client was resistant to her services—he was verbally aggressive on multiple occasions. For a home visit, she brought a peer with her as a safety measure. Despite this precaution, a confrontation occurred inside the client’s home, and he blocked the front door.

After a 15-minute ordeal, the social worker was able to maneuver her way out of the house. Unfortunately, the client lunged after her and shoved her off the front deck. Only later would she learn the extent of her injuries, both physical and emotional. Read More

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When Lone Workers Should Flee Danger

By | Safety and Security

Some professions are filled with unsung heroes, women and men who are on the front lines and in the trenches day in and day out. These roles often demand that workers venture out on their own into dangerous neighborhoods and environments.

Employers are essentially asking their people to confront the possibility of harm with bravery and resolve. But there comes a time when a lone worker has to prioritize their own safety over the demands of the job. Read More

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How a Lone Worker Safety Program Can Benefit Your Organization

By | Safety and Security

Employee safety is a top concern for any organization. Employers have a duty of care obligation to keep their people safe, and employees need peace of mind that their organization is not going to put them in harm’s way.

For lone workers, the level of safety they feel has a direct impact on the likelihood they’ll stay with their current employer. According to HR firm Businessolver, 90% of employees are more likely to remain with a company that empathizes with their needs. Read More

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Prioritizing Caseworker Safety: Interview with an Expert

By | Safety and Security

When most of us think about going to work, we think of desks and coffee machines and copiers. However, for many lone workers (especially social workers) the workplace looks much different. Every day, social workers in the field knock on strangers’ doors and walk into unfamiliar homes without knowing what’s inside. Just by doing their jobs, they’re putting themselves at risk on a daily basis. For this reason, organizations with lone workers across the country are looking for ways to keep them safe and connected. Read More

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How Smartphones Can Save Lives

By | Safety and Security

In the event of an emergency, businesses need a quick and reliable way to notify their people and keep them safe. Whether your workers are disconnected from a physical office or you need to keep them informed during a critical incident, smartphones can help ensure employee safety.

Workers are rarely away from their phones, which transforms an everyday device into a life-saving tool. Every business could benefit from adopting an emergency notification system, regardless of whether their employees are in the office or out in the field. Read More