Lone Worker Protection
New research by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has revealed that lone workers in the UK's transport sector face continued risk from physical violence, armed robbery and verbal threats.
More than six million people in the UK are classed as lone workers, working either in isolation or without direct supervision, often in places or circumstances that put them at potential risk.
According to members of the BSIA, those facing particular risk within the transport sector are drivers, including those working in long-distance road haulage as well as local delivery drivers.
The BSIA has produced a guide to lone worker services for the transport sector, which includes information on best practice, employers' legal obligations and relevant British Standards. The guide also includes real-life examples of where lone worker solutions have helped transport companies to reduce the risk faced by their employees. The guide was produced with advice from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, a registered charity set up to campaign, educate, and support people to help reduce the risk of violence and aggression for everyone.
Rachel Griffin, Director of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, comments: "Personal safety is an important issue that should be taken seriously at work by both employers and employees. The effects of violence and aggression, which can include verbal aggression, threats, intimidation and harassment - can be damaging to the victim both physically and psychologically. It can also lead to low morale, high absenteeism, and a decrease in productivity. Therefore it pays organisations to make sure that they have strategies in place to help ensure the safety of their employees."
If you ever feel that you are being put into a situation where you feel threatened or at risk, talk to your URTU Safety Rep or Regional Officer. They are there to offer you help and advice.