Safety Tips When Working Alone
Individuals who work alone are more prone to certain hazards and risks compared to those who are part of a group or team. They are more vulnerable to workplace violence and workplace accidents because there is no one to assist them. These risks are especially concerning for solo workers pulling long, late-night shifts. However, there are steps employers and their staff can do to protect employees who work alone.
OSHA Guidelines for Solo Workers
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers some guidelines for working alone. The guidelines require the employer to account for the worker throughout each shift, at regular intervals appropriate to the job, and at the end of their shift. Employers are required to check in with visual or verbal communication. While OSHA standards for employees working alone are vital, employers can always do more to ensure the safety of these individuals.
In a retail or restaurant setting, solo workers should be aware of customers who enter their place of business by:
- Making eye contact and verbally greeting each customer.
- Keeping minimal cash on the premises, and posting signs notifying customers of that fact.
- Limiting access to entrance and exit doors, especially at night.
- Refraining from emptying garbage at night and when only one employee is working.
- Installing one-touch emergency alert systems and posting emergency phone numbers in a convenient location.
If you work alone at any time, you can take these steps to protect yourself:
- Let your family and friends know your schedule and your whereabouts.
- Follow safety procedures and precautions.
- Do not do any tasks that are not safe to perform alone.
- Do not take unnecessary risks.
- Trust your instincts.
If you sense danger at any time, do not hesitate to contact the police.
Additional Lone Worker Safety Tips
It is not just retail workers who need to be extra cautious when working alone, the International Data Corporation estimates that 1.3 billion people across the globe work in remote settings. So, what happens when solo workers suffer work-related injuries or illnesses? Proper safety precautions can ensure these workers get the help they need.
In addition to the precautions mentioned above, solo workers can take the following steps to stay safe:
- Carry a personal alarm.
- Perform a risk assessment and avoid tasks you have concerns about.
- Stay in regular contact with coworkers and supervisors.
- Follow a clear action plan in the event of an emergency.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP Help Workers Obtain Benefits After a Work Accident
Some people find working alone to be ideal; though, it does come with additional risks. If you were injured on the job and have questions about your benefits, contact one of our experienced Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP. We understand the unique challenges and risks that lone workers face. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 215-512-1500 or contact us online. Located in Philadelphia, we represent clients throughout Pennsylvania.