Speaking Up to Your Team About Safety Culture

There is a threat existing in many workplaces around the world that most people do not know about. This hazard cannot be mitigated by safety harnesses or helmets, nor can it be prevented through diligent hand washing and face masks. This danger that pervades workplace safety in all industries and in all countries is silence. One of the biggest threats to your company’s well being is having a safety culture where your workers do not feel like they can speak up at work when it comes to their safety. These people understand your company’s safety issues better than anyone and it is in everybody’s best interests that they have a loud voice in this area. 

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Are Work From Home Jobs Considered Lone Workers?

To slow the spread of COVID-19, restaurants, bars, and public spaces have closed throughout Canada. Following suit, offices have also shut their doors and implemented mandatory work-from-home policies to support self-isolation and social distancing mandates. For many employers and employees, this is a novel concept that requires significant adjustment. Although the transition for some industries may be seamless, other organizations will face significant challenges along the way. As Canada’s workforce shifts from office to working from home, all companies are faced with a new challenge –how to protect their staff who may now be working remotely or alone. Continue Reading…

Lone Worker Risks in the Canadian Forestry Sector

When it comes to our Canadian economy, the forestry industry provides a substantial source of wealth for the country. Our forestry trade balance (the difference between what we import and what we export to international partners) accounts for $19.8 billion of Canada’s GDP, according to the Government of Canada. This is equivalent to about 2% and represents the most substantial forest product trade balance in the world. We have held this position for years, and the gap between Canada and Sweden (the second-largest net trader) has been Continue Reading…

Investing in Health and Safety Helps Create a Successful Business

Businesses today are faced with increasingly rigorous health and safety regulations. That is why it’s important to recognize the value of cultivating a safe and productive workplace through comprehensive and reliable health and safety protocols.  

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The Benefits of a Fall Detection Device and App

Fall Detection App Saves the Life of a Hiker  

James Prudenciano reported that his Apple Watch saved his life after he fell off a cliff while hiking.  The 28-year-old male from New Jersey, shared that he does not think that he would have lived to tell the story if it wasn’t for his device, detecting that he was in trouble. Prudenciano was hiking with Paige Paruso in Hartshorne Woods Park, New Jersey. It was after sunset and challenging to see when the two fell through some shrubs and slid down an extremely steep drop-off. Paruso fell first, but landed in a river below and did not suffer any severe injuries. Unfortunately, Prudenciano landed directly on a rock and suffered three fractures in his back. Fearing for his life, he said, “There was no way out of this for me. I literally said my last goodbyes.” Thankfully, Prudenciano’s Apple Watch’s fall detection app detected a hard fall and impact and immediately called 9-1-1. Apple Watches are equipped with an automatic SOS feature that is sensitive to immediate motions and hard falls. Upon detection, the device asks the user if it should dial 9-1-1 and if the user is not responsive, the watch will automatically call and share the user’s location. Surprisingly enough, this is not the first instance where this feature has saved someone’s life. A few months ago, in Norway, an elderly man suffered a severe fall in his bathroom that left him unconscious. His Apple Watch called local emergency services after detecting a lack of motion and response.    


Fall Detection: The Benefits of Motion Sensors  

Motion sensors in a fall detection app are incorporated within a safety system do not rely on a user’s ability to call for help. They run on the theory that the nature of many emergencies end up disabling a user’s ability to signal that they are in danger. This notion that lone users could be unable to indicate that they are in trouble is very much a reality. In the case of the 67-year-old man in Norway, the fact that his fall knocked him unconscious made it impossible for him to call for help. In addition to losing consciousness, users may be unable to call for help if another person is threatening their safety, and discreetness is necessary. In an environment where hazardous gases are present, the time between when a worker senses the presence of poisonous gas and when they lose consciousness can be extremely short; a fast and reliable method of signaling for help would be advantageous here, as well. Motion sensors should be essential features of every safety solution. They are comprehensive in their coverage of a user’s safety in all situations – even the most unexpected scenarios.   


SafetyLine Lone Worker Motion Features  

The motion features put in place at SafetyLine provide users with an additional line of protection. Our motion features are designed to protect your workforce in any scenario. By leveraging the motion sensors already installed on your smartphone, users can gain access to an abundance of tools that add essential protection when they need it most. If something happens and a worker can’t manually indicate an emergency, our motion features will keep your workers covered.    


Man-Down detection is triggered if a device has not moved for an extended period. This is often a result of an unconscious worker. Man-down detection is crucial. If one of your workers is unconscious, how will you know? This feature enables fast response times for workers who need it most.    


Fall Detection is activated if the device senses a fall or impact that might be capable of injuring a worker. Depending on the severity of the fall, a worker may be unable to press a panic button or signal for help in any other way. The fall detection feature ensures that if a worker suffers an injury that results from a fall, support will be on the way.    


Shake for emergency gives workers the ability to signal an emergency simply by shaking their device. This can be useful in several situations, specifically those where silence is essential. The shake for emergency feature is also useful when a worker is unable to type or call for whatever reason. If discreetness is necessary, SafetyLine’s panic button is helpful for quietly calling for help.    


Motion features are critical when it comes to comprehensive safety coverage. Prudenciano’s hiking incident could have been fatal if it weren’t for his device’s fall protection. Situations like this that would otherwise be deadly can have a happy ending with motion sensors in place.    


Get in touch with us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about our fall detection feature

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The Hazards of H2S Gas

What is H2S Gas?

H2S gas is a chemical compound that stands for hydrogen sulfide carbonyl sulfide gas. It is a colorless gas and is commonly recognized by its distinct rotten egg smell. H2S gas is also widely referred to as sewer gas, sour gas, stink damp, or hydrosulphuric acid. H2S is extremely poisonous to humans, corrosive, and very flammable. When it burns, H2S emits another deadly gas: sulfur dioxide, which has similar symptoms and outcomes to H2S exposure. Unfortunately, year after year workers is incidentally exposed to H2S, many of who Continue Reading…

Data Usage while using the SafetyLine Lone Worker App

Mobile data usage always seems to be going up and with consumer’s ever-increasing desire to surf the web on the go. Picture this: you are only halfway through the month, and you receive that inevitable notification telling you that your data is nearly out. We’ve all been there, and we all know what it’s like to conserve cellular data. To use the SafetyLine app on your smartphone, you will need access to WiFi or a data network. But, don’t worry, data while using SafetyLine Lone Worker – won’t take much. Alternatively, you can also use SafetyLine while dialing-in to Check-in or declare a panic emergency. In this article, we will compare levels of data usage on SafetyLine versus various other phone apps that you already are frequently using. Continue Reading…

Reducing Risks For Retail Lone Workers at Night

Reducing Risks For Retail Lone Workers at Night

Grant, a 24-year-old service station worker in Maple Ridge, BC, was working alone during the night shift back in 2005. During a “gas and dash” robbery, he tried to stop a customer from stealing $12.30 worth of gas. The customer hit the parking attended with his car, and dragged him for 7 km under the vehicle. The accused was sentenced for nine years in jail for manslaughter. In 2011, a more recent incident in Toronto claimed the lives of 2. In a similar instance, both victims were working alone at night. The workers were both hit and Continue Reading…

SafetyLine Lone Worker Trusted in Safety Since 1999

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SafetyLine Lone Worker Over 20 Years of Business

SafetyLine was founded in 1999 by Thomas Touhey. A subsidiary of its parent company, Tsunami Solutions, SafetyLine was founded for the purpose of creating innovative technology solutions to real-world problems. Born from one customer’s need to effectively monitor the safety of their large staff of remote workers, Tsunami designed its signature SafetyLine product to meet this demand. SafetyLine then paved the way for an entire industry to grow around this need. SafetyLine was the first automated solution in Canada that monitored and protected lone workers using cloud-based technology and mobile data, in unison with a website delivering regularly updated safety-related Continue Reading…