Health and Safety Executive (HSE) employees are to be protected from danger in the workplace for two years under a new contract for lone workers.
Security specialist Safe Shores Monitoring has been awarded a contract to protect 360 HSE inspectors who investigate and enforce health and safety law across the UK.
The protection consists of a discreet GPS-enabled device that operates in weak signal areas and enables lone HSE workers to alert emergency services at the push of a button.
The system connects to a state-of-the-art Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) that operates 24/7, 365 days a year and customised for HSE’s requirements. It offers a range of risk control measures, management reporting tools and clock functions.
The ARC and system are certified to the highest industry standards and its highly experienced staff are trained to locate the alarm user, listen to the call, assess the situation and immediately contact and brief emergency services as required.
Tom Morton, CEO of Safe Shores Monitoring, said: “Lone workers face risks that traditional office-based workers don’t. These can include threats from the public or accidents when on the road or out in the community.
“This deployment means responses to situations affecting HSE inspectors are significantly quicker since the callers are immediately identifiable and are not subject to questioning delays traditionally incurred by the 999 system.
“The HSE is the body responsible for ensuring that companies meet their duty of care to employees which makes their use of Safe Shores Monitoring, to assure the safety of their inspectors, particularly important.”
New contracts secured are worth around £600,000 and means that the company is supporting the protection of an additional 2,000 lone workers, with potential for this to rise to 5,000 under the terms of the agreements.