Employees – Are You Safe Working Alone?

Employers and employees should consider this:  Are employees safe working alone? Nearly 2 million US workers reported being victims of workplace violence in 2014.

(April 9, 2015) Dallas, TX — SoloProtect recognizes National Workplace Violence Awareness Month in April with the release of lone worker safety content to build national awareness of workplace violence. “Nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year. Unfortunately, many more cases go unreported,” Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Workplace Violence (2014).  In the last 15 years, homicides resulting from workplace violence have ranked among the top four causes of occupational fatalities in American workplaces, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Beyond the Numbers, Workplace Injuries.  SoloProtect leads by example, protecting employees and providing lone worker safety solutions in collaboration with its parent company, Kings III Emergency Communications, the premier employee monitoring facility and emergency dispatch center in North America.

 

“We are proud to release the Safety 2015 Conference Proceedings Paper ‘Lone Worker Protection:  The Need is Here.  Are You Filling It?’”  Katie Thomas, Marketing Director, SoloProtect US.  “Violence in the workplace has escalated to an unprecedented degree in the United States in the last few years.”  According to statistics published by OSHA, more than 12 workers were killed in their jobs in 2013 with the total homicides numbering to 4,405.

 

Among all the workplace violence related deaths taken place in the last 15 years, robbers were the assailants in as many as 38% of those deaths. It is important for companies to protect employees with effective employee monitoring and lone working safety systems, which allow workers to concentrate on the job at hand.  This also enables higher productivity.  According to the National Safe Workplace Institute, workplace violence costs U.S. businesses approximately $4.2 billion annually in missed days of work, legal costs, increased insurance premiums, medical benefits payouts, bad publicity, etc.

 

It is the responsibility of the employer to provide safety measures and programs to protect their employees and keep their lone workers safe.  “Not only is this a moral obligation on the part of the employer, an effective lone worker safety and monitoring device reduces financial risk and liability of the company.” Dennis Mason, President Kings III Emergency Communications

 

“Every employer shall furnish each employee a place of employment free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm.” – OSHA

 

The Identicom device designed and patented by SoloProtect comes with Yellow and Red Alert functions, Audio Trail Capabilities, Audio Evidence Capture, GPS and Auto ‘Man Down’, among other various useful features. The lone worker safety device is an ID badge holder which the lone workers facing potential social and environmental risk can wear and use discreetly.

 

With its GPS capabilities, the Yellow Alert communicates the location and other relevant data of a worker to the dispatch center. In case of a Red Alert which signifies an emergency situation where a worker is potentially in distress, a live operator from the Kings III Dispatch Center listens live, assesses the situation and contacts proper medical and law enforcement authority dispatch as necessary, so the situation is dealt with in the fastest possible manner.

 

Operators trained and certified in emergency communications monitor the situation and contact the appropriate authorities if an encounter escalates. Kings III call centers have direct access to 911 and emergency services across the country and within Canada and other parts of North America.

With more than 120,000 devices deployed worldwide, SoloProtect’s Identicom device looks and feels like a standard ID badge. Worn via lanyard or clip, it is always close at hand, enabling users to raise alarms, capture at risk situations and get help when needed.  Learn more at http://www.soloprotect.com/US

Contact:

Katie Thomas  |  Marketing Director

Kings III Emergency Communications | www.kingsiii.com

Phone: 972.906.7006

Email: marketing@kingsiii.com

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