Strategic Focus: Reducing Lone Worker Injury And Fatality Rates

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Executive Summary

Lone workers undertake isolated or remote workflows in a range of environments and settings. In these types of workflows, a lack of supervision and communication can lead to increased vulnerability, lending itself to increased risk. The most prominent risks attributed to lone workers are in the form of slips, falls, violence and roadway incidences. All of these can result in substantial costs for firms, if not mitigated. Certain industries have higher risk profiles and a greater likelihood of worker injury and fatality – for instance, the construction and agricultural industries. Digital technologies can be deployed to aid in mitigating these risks. However, when selecting technologies, it is important to consider the types of providers and their solutions for a given risk profile. Firms should identify the mode in which the technologies seek to lower risk, question at what scale solutions can be deployed, and recognise the barriers to the implementation of digital strategies.

Table of contents

Strategic Focus: Reducing Lone Worker Injury And Fatality Rates 
Understanding The Prevalence Of Lone Worker Hazards And Risks
What Solutions Enable Safer Operation for Lone Workers?
Optimal Strategies To Leverage Technologies To Protect Lone Workers  

Table of figures

Figure 1. Three Types Of Solution Providers 
Figure 2. Common Lone Worker Technology Functionality 
Figure 3. Prevalence Of Technologies For Lone Worker Safety

About the authors

Bill Pennington

Research Director, Environment, Health & Safety

Bill leads the Verdantix Environment, Health & Safety practice. His current agenda focuses on EHS and sustainability services, product stewardship as well as benchmarking EHS technology buyer’s budgets, priorities and preferences globally. Bill comes from a background of corporate EHS roles in the manufacturing and logistics industries. He holds an MBS degree in sustainability from the Rutgers University.

Pritam Kapadia


Pritam is an Analyst in the Verdantix EHS team. Pritam joined the team in 2021 and has experience in research from an industry-partnered project at Lancaster University, alongside digital solutions from his time at 3D manufacturing software firm, AMFG. Pritam holds an MEng in Chemical with Biochemical Engineering with a Minor in Environmental Engineering from University College London. 

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