Lone Worker and Man-down

Two Way Radio Lone Worker - It is estimated that 6.8 million people in the United Kingdom are lone workers, which is 22% of the 31.2m UK working population.

Statistics from the British Crime Survey suggest that as many as 150 and lone workers are attacked (physically or verbally) every single day.

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How does the Lone Worker function work?

By definition, “lone workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision” – Source: “Working Alone”, Health and Safety Executive. Those that are self-employed, and work alone are also part of this group. Many businesses rely on staff working alone, so employers must ensure that procedures are in place to protect the safety of their staff.

One of the standard features available on Motorola Solutions MOTOTRBO, Hytera and Entel two-way radios is ‘Lone Worker’ which gives a tone at regular intervals to which the lone-worker needs to respond to by pressing the PTT button. If the worker fails to respond, within the pre-defined time, the radio will then go into ‘emergency mode’ and help and support would be sent to them. However, the worker would need to be located first (GPS Tracking can assist with this).

Add-ons or applications have been developed to get more out of your two way radios standard features. One of the software add-ons GPS Tracking - allows you to see on a map where the radio users are, both indoors and out. Combining this with the lone worker feature means that any worker who fails to respond to their alert will be able to be located easily.

Possible Lone Worker and Man-down Features (dependent upon brand)

  • Man-down alert (By algorithmic evaluation of radio orientation and movement)
  • Pre-warning alert (Allows the worker to minimize false alarms)
  • Advanced Algorithm to minimize false alarm (e.g. when running)
  • Heartbeat messaging (Positive confirmation of communications link)
  • GPS report with Positive confirmation of the location
  • Radio to Radio Emergency Reports or Radio to Hosted Application
  • Easily enabled/disabled
  • Simple Alarm Activation – A dedicated panic alarm giving peace of mind to your lone workers
  • Fully Reportable – Significantly reduces financial risk to the business with a fully recordable and reportable system which can assist with insurance mitigation
  • Position Reporting – Utilising built-in GPS the user location data information is sent to central-point during an emergency situation
  • Lowers Costs – Deploy without the need for a second device
  • Inclusive Emergency Calls – No monthly tariff charges

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