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    Safety Tips | Lone workers

    Alone on the job

    July 1, 2012

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    If a lone employee encounters an emergency or is injured on the job, that person may have difficulty finding help. Falls and violence are examples of hazards that lone workers face. Canada-based WorkSafeBC has the following advice for employees who work alone in environments such as late-night convenience stores:

    • Identify areas and homes where employees can retreat and call for help.
    • Ensure vehicles are parked close to the building, especially during late shifts.
    • Raise areas where cash registers are located.
    • Avoid handling money near entrances and exits.
    • Drop boxes, safes and strong rooms should be out of sight.
    • Ensure bank deposits are not made at night.
    • Always check on employees at the end of their shift.
    • Develop a procedure to follow if an employee cannot be contacted.
    • Keep outside areas well lit.
    • Make sure back doors lock from the outside, while obeying fire codes.
    • Install a panic or emergency alarm.

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