Whether it’s a life-saving device for a first responder or a safety monitoring system for an engineer on a nuclear power plant, a Man Down system can provide immediate support to an employee requiring support.
But how do these devices and this alarm system work? In this article, we’ll take a look at how man down alarms are able to detect when a person has fallen and how they can alert others in the event of an emergency.
Injuries caused by slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common workplace accidents across all industries according to the latest HSE statistics. On average they are responsible for:
So how do you safeguard employees and ensure you are meeting your duty of care?
The Man Down Function is a safety feature found on many professional two-way radios and push to talk devices, meaning you do not have to invest in a secondary device.
The benefits of a Man Down system are many and varied, they can include:
In the event of an accident or injury, your chosen communications system can immediately send out an alert to the designated personnel, allowing for a rapid response:
Here’s how the movement alarms work:
Emergency Alarms with voice to follow
This feature allows you to send an ‘Emergency Alarm with voice’ when in a man down status to a group of hand portable radios, or BBPTT devices. Your radio microphone is automatically activated, allowing you to communicate with the group of radios without pressing the PTT button. This activated microphone state is also known as a ‘hot mic’. It will start transmitting when it detects a loud enough voice (if able), and stop transmitting when you stop talking. This is a useful feature in emergency situations when you need to communicate with a group of people quickly.
There are many benefits to having a man down radio or smart device system in place, especially in high-risk environments. By alerting others to a potential injury, it allows for a quick response that could potentially save a life.
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