Due Diligence and Keeping Lone Workers Safe

First of a Series by Kent Macfarlane

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Due diligence is the level of judgement, care, prudence, determination, and activity that a person would reasonably be expected to do under particular circumstances.

Applied to occupational health and safety, due diligence means that employers must take all reasonable precautions, under the particular circumstances of every aspect of their business, to prevent injuries or accidents in the workplace. This duty applies to situations covered by  occupational health and safety legislation or regulations and equally importantly, those that are not.

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Safety as an Investment

Lives aren’t the only thing that a robust culture of safety can protect

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When you think about a safe business, you should think about more than safety as something you can provide for your workers at a cost to yourself. Safety, when done right, can make your workers safe and will make your business safer from a financial perspective. This transforms safety into a two-way street that has serious beneficial implications for your organization. This is Safety Culture, and investing in it is one of the safest moves a business can make.

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Think GPS Technology is Keeping Your Lone Workers Safe? Think Again.

Five Reasons Why GPS Alone Isn’t Enough to Protect Your Workers

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Satellite technologies have evolved to the point that nearly every smart device comes equipped with the ability to track and report GPS location.  The workforce has picked up on this trend, and many employers today use satellite devices to track their workers and assets in remote areas.

GPS is a powerful tool that can help businesses improve communication within a mobile workforce, but where GPS often fails is in providing a complete safety monitoring system.  Read on for the top 5 reasons that GPS alone isn’t enough when it comes to safety for your workers.

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Protecting Lone Workers in the 21st Century

New Industry Standards and Best Practices for the Modern Workforce

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The new millennium has brought rapid changes in politics, economy, and technology. Jobs that couldn’t be imagined 20 years ago are on the rise, and companies can undergo massive change in short periods of time. Technology has liberated the workforce, with processes that are streamlined and optimized at a scale never before seen. Whole teams can work remotely, and individuals have more autonomy to work alone than ever before.

From a healthcare worker driving to a client, to an engineer conducting a remote oil site check-up, lone workers are far from rare in today’s work climate.  However, lone workers have unique risks and hazards that are not always obvious, like poor access to communications or difficulty getting help during an emergency. In this article, we’ll look at how lone worker safety technology is evolving in the 21st century.

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5 Tips to Claim Your Workers’ Compensation

How to get the Money You Deserve When You Get Injured on the Job

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What is Worker’s Compensation?

When you work for someone, you and your employer agree that you will receive wage replacement and medical benefits if an injury happens. In return, you give up your right to sue your employer for any negligence in the workplace. Workers’ Compensation is something that is mandatory for every employee and here are some tips for how to claim it.  Continue Reading…

5 Safety Tips for Retailers Working Alone

If Your Retail Staff Are Working Alone, Here Are Some Safety Tips That Could Save Their Lives

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Retail workers when they are working alone are classified under the work alone definition set by the Canadian government. Unlike typical retail workers, they face a unique and increased set of hazards that typical retail workers do not, including accidents without immediate aid, and being subject to threats or even violence. The Canadian government regulates working alone, and several provinces stipulate that employers must conduct check-ins at pre-specified intervals for these employees. Even still, there are certain precautions these workers can take that can ensure their safety.

Here are 5 safety tips for retail employees that can help mitigate the risks they undertake from working alone, which may even save their life:

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Managing the Safety of Lone Workers

Not all safety in the workplace is about prevention

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Do you know if all of your people are safe right now?

In many companies and many jobs, the most obvious safety measures focus on prevention. As an employer, it is good practice to put every measure in place to mitigate the risk of an incident from happening. This can range from the obvious-putting on a hardhat to stop an injury from falling debris-to procedures and protocols that guide workers away from exposure to hazards. Unfortunately, safety isn’t just about mitigating the chances of an accident. In reality you can do everything by-the-book and accidents will still happen.

The other component of a good safety program is preventing bad situations from getting worse. For example, a broken leg is a bad injury that can lead to a much worse situation, or even death, if nobody knows that the leg is broken. In many jobs, workers are surrounded by coworkers doing similar or complimentary roles. In these workplaces, if a worker needs help there is a good chance that coworkers will quickly notice and begin to take action. But what happens if that worker is alone?

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Due Diligence and Keeping Lone Workers Safe

First of a Series by Kent Macfarlane

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Due diligence is the level of judgement, care, prudence, determination, and activity that a person would reasonably be expected to do under particular circumstances.

Applied to occupational health and safety, due diligence means that employers must take all reasonable precautions, under the particular circumstances of every aspect of their business, to prevent injuries or accidents in the workplace. This duty applies to situations covered by  occupational health and safety legislation or regulations and equally importantly, those that are not.

Continue Reading…

Managing the Safety of Lone Workers

Not all safety in the workplace is about prevention

fallen worker

Do you know if all of your people are safe right now?

In many companies and many jobs, the most obvious safety measures focus on prevention. As an employer, it is good practice to put every measure in place to mitigate the risk of an incident from happening. This can range from the obvious-putting on a hardhat to stop an injury from falling debris-to procedures and protocols that guide workers away from exposure to hazards. Unfortunately, safety isn’t just about mitigating the chances of an accident. In reality you can do everything by-the-book and accidents will still happen.

The other component of a good safety program is preventing bad situations from getting worse. For example, a broken leg is a bad injury that can lead to a much worse situation, or even death, if nobody knows that the leg is broken. In many jobs, workers are surrounded by coworkers doing similar or complimentary roles. In these workplaces, if a worker needs help there is a good chance that coworkers will quickly notice and begin to take action. But what happens if that worker is alone?

Continue Reading…