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Whilst rare, serious injury can happen. Having the right procedures in place and knowing what to do can reduce the risks.
Employees working on their own can face a number of additional hazards. For example, using a ladder or lifting heavy objects could be too much for one person.
Another important consideration is the risk of assault. Whilst these incidents are thankfully rare, physical or verbal attacks can have serious physical and traumatic effects for those involved.
Where you're an employer and your staff work alone, you will need to:
You may also have to report physical injury to any employee resulting from violent incidents.
Generally, if someone is injured you may need to show that you've met your duty of care.
It's a good idea to check your arrangements even if there haven’t been any incidents. You can do this by identifying situations where staff are required to work alone and may be at risk. You can then decide if the precautions you have in place are adequate or if you need others.
Simple precautions may include:
For more information about lone working, why not read our guide.