5 Common Mistakes When Choosing Lone Worker Safety Equipment 

Emergencies can happen any time without warning. Whether lone workers are employed at universities, churches, cinemas, Westfield, construction sites or elsewhere, the sudden arrival of danger can cause bodily harm, even death if lone workers are not properly prepared. From serious medical situations to falls and violent attacks, a wide range of risks can manifest in the workplace. Lone worker safety equipment is now more popular than ever because of these facts. However, equipping lone workers with personal duress alarms is no guarantee that all hazards will be prevented. In this blog below we identify the most common bad decisions employers make when buying lone worker safety equipment and how to prevent them by choosing TWIG Australia as your supplier. 

1. Insufficient Training 

Lone worker safety equipment is usually relatively simple to use, but lone workers still need proper training in order to understand the full array of functions their device offers. Sufficient practice is needed to ensure lone workers know what to do when they face danger and when their focus may be distracted. Be sure to train your workers when you equip them with personal duress alarms. 

2. Overly-Complex Lone Worker Safety Devices 

Overly-complicated lone worker equipment may be more hindrance than help when it comes to emergency situations. The simplest devices enable the user to trigger an alarm with the push of a button. If the device you choose has more steps than this it is not worth your time or investment. Instead, buy lone worker alarms with a one-push notification system; like ours. 

3. The Alarm Lacks Comprehensive Safety Features 

There are a vast range of scenarios where personal safety equipment may suffer disruption due to a poor signal. Underground areas or thick concrete walls may stop the transmitter broadcasting effectively to the security response team. This can be dangerous, so be sure to assess your work site properly and investigate whether you need additional equipment to keep your employees safe. TWIG Beacons can assist in situations like this. 

4. Device Does Not Send Receipt of Received Alarm Signal 

When you purchase your lone worker safety devices, be sure to choose a model that confirms receipt of a received alarm signal. This way, employees can focus on mitigating the dangerous circumstances they’re facing using their training rather than worrying about whether security or medical personnel got the message. As a side note, also choose a device which includes a silent alarm to ensure perpetrators with violent intent do not feel threatened and retaliate by attacking. 

5. Lone Worker Device is Stationary 

Some institutions employ stationary lone worker devices. This is a big risk as workers may not be able to reach the alarm point in time to de-escalate the situation. Instead, choose a wireless, mobile personal duress alarm which staff can carry at all times. 

Personal Duress Alarms For Sale  

TWIG Australia is open for business Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm. Call our friendly sales team on (02) 9412 2100 to place an order for any of the products listed on our site or to ask any questions about creating a lone worker safety plan for your work environment. We look forward to receiving your call.