South Yorkshire firm gives tips for dark nights
29 October 2010
South Yorkshire lone worker experts Peoplesafe are reminding employers and staff to take extra care as the clocks go back this weekend.
It’s estimated 6.8 million people spend all or part of their working day alone. They include security staff, shop workers, social workers, doctors, drivers, district nurses, warehouse staff, postal workers, maintenance staff, construction workers and farmworkers. These lone workers can be particularly vulnerable to attack or accidents in the dark.
Ian Johannessen, managing director of Peoplesafe, said: “With the clocks going back this weekend employees may feel worried about working or travelling home when it is dark as visibility is restricted and can be hard to judge surrounding environments
“Lone working systems are the best course of action if an incident does occur, however common sense and training may help to prevent potentially harmful situations arising.”
Ian said it is good idea to follow tips from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust – a charity set up to highlight the risks people on their own face and to offer advice, action and support to minimise those risks.
- Plan ahead. Make sure you know where you are going and how to get there. If you are catching a bus or train, find out the times to avoid waiting for long periods at bus stops or stations.
- When walking, stick to busy well-lit streets whenever possible. Avoid danger spots like quiet or badly lit alleyways, subways or isolated car parks.
- If you do have to pass danger spots, think about what you would do if you felt threatened. The best idea is to head for a public place where you know there will be other people, for example a garage or pub.
- Avoid passing stationary cars with their engines running and people sitting in them and whenever practical walk facing on coming traffic to avoid curb crawlers.
- Stay alert and keep your mind on your surroundings – remember if you are wearing headphones or chatting on a mobile phone, you will not hear trouble approaching.
- If you think you are being followed, trust your instincts and take action. As confidently as you can, cross the road turning and look to see who is behind you. If you are still being followed, keep moving. Make for a busy area and tell people what is happening.
- Try not to keep all your valuables in one place. Instead place valuables such as wallets in an inside pocket or use a money belt.
- Try to keep both hands free and don’t walk with your hands in your pockets.
- Consider carrying a personal safety alarm, which can be used to get help immediately and discreetly.
Peoplesafe, which has its headquarters at Dinnington, supplies a wide range of organisations with devices to protect lone workers. Clients include major names like retailers Argos, Halfords and Carphone Warehouse, house builders Persimmon and TaylorWimpey and leading car parking company Q Park and housing associations and council departments.
NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS:
Peoplesafe is the brand for lone worker safety solutions offered by Rocksure Systems Ltd, based at Church Lane, Dinnington, South Yorkshire. Visit the website at http://www.peoplesafe.co.uk