- PERSONAL GAS DETECTION
- AREA MONITORING
- LONE WORKER
- GAS SENSORS
Professional drivers are a unique class of lone workers. Although they may be alone in their vehicles, they share the road with plenty of other drivers — many of whom do not always consider the risks these lone workers face.
Operating large trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles for the transport of materials can be a dangerous job. To get the job done right, your lone-drivers work long hours — often in high-risk environments that require the utmost focus and attention to detail. When an incident occurs, how do they call for help? Who is in charge of sending help to them? Is roadside assistance enough or do you need something more?
Here we explore some of the most dangerous driving scenarios facing your employees and how you can ensure their safety, regardless of location.
Lone-working drivers often travel for long periods of time on unpredictable terrain, risking fatigue or potentially even falling asleep behind the wheel. From crude oil haulers to warehouse personnel, you’re responsible for the safety and well-being of all of your employees who may be susceptible to accidents, unique health events and unpredictable interactions with the public.
Regardless of where an employee is driving — whether it’s on a long stretch of highway, up a mountain or between work sites — drivers of all types of transportation and transit vehicles can be challenged by heavy loads, inclement weather, other drivers and unpredictable members of the public.
Let’s take a deeper dive into the risks each of these drivers can face:
Although, when an accident occurs, it’s often outside of your company’s and driver’s control, there are policies you can implement to proactively protect your team as much as possible. These include:
Drivers can’t, of course, prevent breakdowns in remote areas, and this is just one circumstance in which lone worker protection can be significantly enhanced through the use of connected technology. Through this technology, lone workers can receive the help they need, regardless of location.
With the unique challenges and risks faced by transit and transportation drivers, it is imperative you get up-to-date on workplace safety legislation, technology and best practices. We’ve made it easy in our latest eBook, “The Modern Safety Director’s Guide to Employee Safety Monitoring.”
Stay tuned as we explore Lone Workers in Remote Locations, the fifth post of six in this series, coming soon. Subscribe using the form on the right so you never miss a post!