Some individuals who work alone, such as those who have a private office, may not understand the issue of lone worker security. After all, office workers may have a private secretary right outside their door, and they may have colleagues regularly coming in and out to consult with them.
They may think they work alone, but they have some backup nearby to assist them in case there’s trouble. In fact, since they work in a private office, they have various layers of security for dangerous people to pass through before they can even pose a threat.
But if you think about it, in many businesses there are some people who may be working alone and may be in danger even if they’re unaware of it. Here are some examples:
- Teachers. It’s not easy to think of teachers are lone workers, since schools are teeming with human activity. But some areas of the school may be deserted, so a teacher who passes by alone in these areas may be in special danger. They may be assaulted by an irate student who has received low grades or by upset parents. They may also get injured or fall ill, and it may take some time for other people to discover them.
Teachers may also want to avoid any accusations of inappropriate behavior by being alone with a student. So it’s best if teachers always interact with students in groups, or with another school employee nearby.
- Security Guards. These workers are often armed, which is why some people don’t especially think of them as being at greater risk even when they work alone. But their firearms and weapons can’t help them if they suddenly suffer a heart attack or a similar malady.Often, these security guards may be alone late at night and they may not have backup for many hours. Even their weapons may not help them if they’re exposed to member of the public, especially when these people are drunk and in large groups.
- Hospital Workers. Hospitals can also be a dangerous place to work in, because they’re open to the public at all hours of the day. Sometimes a burglar can get in and try to procure drugs, and they may become violent. Nurses and doctors (especially females) have been attacked while they were sleeping in their rooms. Also, nurses are especially vulnerable when they’re alone with a patient.
- Home Service Workers. Plenty of workers come to private homes to offer some sort of service. They may be plumbers, appliance repair experts, painters, floor installers, or electrician. They may provide a cleaning service. They can be babysitters or health care providers.
The problem is that not all home residents are friendly, and some are downright criminal in their behavior. There’s also the risk of intruders into the home, who may break in thinking that no one is present. If these workers are encountered, the intruders may panic and attack the workers before they flee the premises.
- Farmers. Some people seem to think that farmers work in groups planting and cultivating the soil. That may be true hundreds of years ago, but modern agriculture has come a long way. Today, a single farmer can operate a large farm alone with just advanced machinery. Unfortunately, this means that a farmer can get sick or hurt and there will be no one around to help them.
There are probably more lone workers than you might think, and business owners must acknowledge the dangers they face and help provide greater protection. It’s not just a moral choice, but it makes good business sense.