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Lone Working: New exposures, new opportunities

At a glance

  • The way we work is constantly evolving and changes in workplace technology have had a massive impact on the health and safety environment in which we operate today
  • Fortunately, just as technology has created more opportunities for lone working, it has also created new opportunities for managing the risks associated with it
  • In 2015 Zurich took the decision to start using technology with a section of our workforce. In this paper we share our story, our experiences and our learnings over the past four years to help keep lone workers safe.

The way we work is constantly evolving and changes in workplace technology have had a massive impact on the health and safety environment in which we operate today. Whether it is the use of drones to inspect hard-to-access locations or proximity warning sensors in heavy machinery, technological advances have delivered a host of new ways to keep employees away from situations in which they might come to harm.

Fortunately, just as technology has created more opportunities for lone working, it has also created new opportunities for managing the risks associated with it. There have been for some time a number of suppliers in the market providing smartphone based lone worker safety apps that can help employers manage the risks these staff face.

In 2015 Zurich took the decision to start using this technology with a section of our workforce. In this paper we share with you our story, our experiences and our learnings over the past four years to help keep lone workers safe.

Click here to download our Lone Working paper.

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