The risk of injury for people working in solitary may be increased because of the difficulty contacting emergency services and following other emergency procedures when they are required to do so.
Emergency situations often arise because of the sudden onset of a medical condition, accidental work-related injury, disease or exposure to the elements. The incidents caused can be very serious and even fatal for workers who are separated from others or working alone. These workers are on their own, therefore they cannot be heard or seen when an emergency arises.
A safe system of work needs to be developed for people who work alone. Employers have a duty to conduct a risk assessment and have a means of communication available for emergency situations.
Employers need to firstly identify hazards that may affect the person working alone and assess the risks of injury from the hazard by considering the likelihood of the hazard occurring and the worst case scenario if it does occur.
Implementing control measures to minimise the risks would be the next step and these control measures need to be reviewed on a regular basis.
The person who will be working alone must be trained and instructed on working alone and the procedures to follow as these will differ from ordinary workers who work in a group.
By abiding by the rules of the site and safe work best practice workers that work in Solitary environments can do so confidently without the fear of associated with working alone.