MyMobileWorkers | Are you doing enough to keep your road workers safe?
Working on the highways can be dangerous and there are many risk factors involved.
As employers, we have a duty of care towards our workers to reduce those risks and keep them safe. But when your workers are out on the road, and in some cases working alone, it can be tricky to enforce health and safety. How can you be sure you’re doing enough to keep your workers safe? MyMobileWorkers have put together the ultimate guide to road worker safety which includes everything you need to know to keep your workers safe, and how mobile technology can help you do it.
Dangers of lone working
Ensuring the health and safety of any mobile worker has its challenges, but these challenges are greatly increased when your workers are working alone. A lone worker is anyone who works by themselves, without direct supervision, and this way of working is becoming increasingly common for road workers.
The biggest risks involved with lone working are suffering a medical emergency, or being subjected to violence, and having no one around to help. Accidents can happen when working with heavy and dangerous machinery, and unfortunately road worker abuse and threats of violence are not uncommon. As employers, it’s important that we pre-empt these situations and provide an exit plan or way of calling for help. This is easier to implement for companies who are utilising digital technology, as lone workers can access panic buttons on their mobile devices that alert management of an emergency situation. Without the use of digital technology, you could be leaving your employees high and dry.
According to the HSE, the second biggest cause of workplace fatalities is being struck by a moving vehicle. Wearing the correct PPE can greatly reduce the risk of both collision and injury, so as an employer it’s important to provide your employees with the right safety equipment. But when your workers are mobile, how can you be sure that they have all the correct PPE, that it is in good working order and, most importantly, is actually being used? With the rise of digital technology, PPE checks can be enforced even if management aren’t there to oversee the job themselves, reducing the risk of preventable accidents. In their guide you will learn exactly what PPE your road workers need to keep them safe on the job.
Working Time Directive
Accidents are far more likely to happen when our workers are tired and overworked. That risk is increased even further when working in a dangerous environment such as on the highways. As managers, it is our responsibility to ensure that workers are taking regular breaks and are working an appropriate number of hours. Working excessive hours can cause concentration to lapse and could even lead to your workers cutting corners and forgetting safety measures just to get the job done. Not only can working too many hours endanger your employees, it could also open your business up to the possibility of fines for not providing a safe working environment for your team.
It is an unfortunate truth that the suicide rate for construction workers in the UK is over three times the national average, which proves that as an industry, we have a problem. As employers, we need to do more to ensure the health and safety of our workers – and that extends to their mental health. As mentioned above, lone working and long hours are a common aspect of an operative’s working life, however these things are also known to negatively impact your mood. Their guide to road worker safety provides the steps that employers can take to provide a healthy work environment and reduce potential stress factors.
To find out more about how you can keep your road workers safe, download their free guide to road workers safety.